The liberal threat
By Zan Azlee
We hear the ‘liberal threat’ term being brandied around all the time these days. But what does it really mean? If you want to touch a dog, you’re considered a liberal threat.
If you are fluent in speaking English, you’re considered a liberal threat. If you have studied overseas and come back to Malaysia with grand ideas, you’re considered a liberal threat.
If you like to rationalise and use logic, you’re considered a liberal threat. If you want to debate and talk about issues in Islam, you’re considered a liberal threat.
And who do these liberals threaten? Apparently, the ones feeling threatened by all this are all the other Malay Muslims in the country. The ones who aren’t liberal.
And how do we know they aren’t liberal? Well, I’m guessing its because they don’t want to touch dogs, don’t speak English fluently and never studied overseas.
But what it really boils down to is that they also don’t want to involve any thinking when it comes to faith. Because they feel that faith is something that you accept blindly.
To them, rationale or logic cannot be used ever to debate and discuss issues regarding Islam because that would mean you have no belief.
The Islam that is threatened by the liberals is a strict version of Islam that is not open to interpretation or discourse because what is officially sanctioned might just be changed.
Too many years have gone by where the authorities have had control over what the people believe and fear. If this power gets out of their hands, they wouldn’t be relevant anymore.
It’s funny how the religion has digressed into such a form because when it first started, consultation with the people was a key element in it’s jurisprudence. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]