You Can’t Make This Shit Up III8 March, 2008
I found this over at The Register (which specializes in IT news (which begs the question, “why are they covering this story?” (apparently because you only get one chance in your journalistic career to cover giant teapot worship))).
A Malaysian woman has been jailed for two years for hooking up with the “teapot worshipping” Sky Kingdom cult, contrary to Sharia law which prohibits born Muslims converting to other religions.
Former teacher Kamariah Ali, 57, was cuffed in 2005 when the powers that be clamped down on the cult and demolished its two-storey sacred teapot symbolising the “purity of water” and “love pouring from heaven”.
While Malaysia has constitutional guarantees of freedom of worship, apostasy is off the menu for the Muslim population. Mrs Ali previously served 20 months in 1992 for the offence, and Sharia High Court judge Mohammed Abdullah had no hesitation handing down further time.
He said he’d “considered aspects of public interest and the sentiments of Muslims in the country”, and told the defendant: “The court is not convinced that the accused has repented and is willing to abandon any teachings contrary to Islam. I pray God will open the doors of your heart, Kamariah.”
Ali’s lawyer, Sa’adiah Din, protested to reporters: “This has to stop. They can’t be sending her again and again to prison for this. She informed the court that she is not a Muslim. She doesn’t come under Sharia court anymore.”
An appeal hearing will tomorrow “consider [Ali’s] plea for a lighter sentence and to defer the date of her sentencing”, the Malaysia Star notes.
So it is legal to worship a giant teapot in Malaysia, unless you used to be Muslim, because once a Muslim, always a Muslim. She’s okay under civil law, but apparently the government also enforces Shari’a law. Weird.
On another note, isn’t this exactly what the Dominionist movement in the U.S. is all about? Forcing the secular government to enforce religious law? Yet I’ll bet you dollars to donuts, though, that a ‘good Christian’ (whatever the hell that acutally means) would laugh at an article like this one.
The absurdity of worshipping a giant teapot. Much better following 1,500 year old writings which even Islamic scholars admit they don’t understand and worshipping some invisible guy up in the sky who answers prayers at the exact same rate for every single religion or cult. Hell, at least you could actually SEE the teapot, right? And (in a third world country) potable water is one big blessing (does the teapot have a filtration system?).