From the Australian News:
Lina Joy was once a Muslim but has converted to Christianity. She didn’t do so to make any broad point or to lead any social movement. It was entirely a private decision. But in Malaysia the state takes official notice of your race and religion. Lina Joy tried to get herself deregistered as a Muslim and reregistered as a Christian. As a Muslim she is not allowed to marry a Christian man and any children she has must be brought up as Muslims.So, where do you really want to live? Are you really sure that being completely tolerant to the muslim invasion is a safe way to go? Everywhere the Muslim Shar'ia law has invaded, freedoms have been erased, violence has increased, and tolerance for anything Christian has disappeared.
When the state authorities refused to accept her conversion she appealed to the courts on the basis of Article 11 of the Malaysian constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. The case, in which judgment could be given at any time, has polarised Malaysia. Many Muslims believe apostasy - changing your religion - is not only a sin but should be punishable by death.
Imtiaz (Lina Joy's lawyer, who is a muslim, is also under a muslim death threat for his service) told The Australian that traditionally Malaysia was pragmatic and liberal about such matters. Apostasy would always cause a social reaction but if a Malaysian converted they could make this official by changing their name and publicising the change. In recent years, however, a body of case law has grown up that requires a Malaysian to go before a sharia - Muslim religious - court to get a kind of exit permit from the religion.
Sharia courts, Imtiaz argues, were only ever meant to consider a fairly narrow range of family matters exclusively for Muslims, not to impinge fundamentally on a citizen’s relationship to the state.
But the Lina Joy case, and a raft of others involving similar issues, have touched off a wave of Islamist activism in Malaysia. There has been a rash of anti-apostasy campaigns. Islamic defenders’ groups (read anti-Christian groups), mirroring those in Indonesia but without the violence, have been set up. (Anything that seeks to prevent freedoms and to rule through intimidation is not "without violence")
Then came the death threats to Imtiaz, a Muslim, with posters branding him an enemy of Islam and urging his murder.
Now, think of Congressman Ellison's recent statements that call non-muslim's fear and despair over the Muslim religion as ignorance. He has said that it is we that are ignorant and have much to learn from Muslim religion.