Skip to content

Brunei to outlaw baptisms and other sacraments as nation adopts Sharia law

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/24/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Nation is introducing Sharia law, world asked to 'respect' it.

The small, oil-rich nation of Brunei will shortly introduce Sharia law to its people, a move that may prove unpopular, at least with some. The international community has already warned that Sharia law is incompatible with international law.

The Sultan is imposing Sharia law to tighten control over women and other religious groups.

The Sultan is imposing Sharia law to tighten control over women and other religious groups.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/24/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Sharia, Brunei, law, Christians, Christianity, faith, sultan


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Sharia law will soon be introduced in Brunei, and its introduction will bring sweeping changes for many, including an estimated 30,000 Filipinos and people of other religions. Those changes could result in human rights violations and the persecution of minority groups, as well as all women.

Sharia law is regarded as strict and is based on fundamentalist interpretation of the Koranic scriptures. The law severely restricts the activities of women, and doles out severe punishments to those who break the laws. It is intolerant of other religious persuasions, which can lead to forced conversations or even harsh penalization of those who subscribe to other religions including Christianity.

Don't let our faith be overrun, donate a Bible today!

Merely attempting to promote the faith could carry a punishment of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine. With so many Catholics in the country, including 30,000 Filipinos, someone will run afoul of the law.

Baptisms will also be banned.

Schools will only be allowed to teach Islam. No other religion will be discussed and exposing children to other religions can result in harsh penalties.

Sharia law also allows for stoning of those accused of adultery, as well as forced amputations for thieves and other offenders.

The law will be a challenge because the Sultan of Brunei as well as the royal family and others of the upper class, who have gained incredible wealth from oil deals with the West, enjoy lavish lifestyles that includes alcohol-fueled parties and gambling. These will have to be curtailed and kept well-behind closed doors.

Christians will likely be driven underground.

The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah has asked the international community to respect his country's decision to adopt Sharia law, saying the dictates are a special guidance from Allah.

Anyone who criticizes the law could be arrested.

Southeast Asia remains one of the world's most factionalized regions, rich in resources, but supporting poor populations. Christianity is pitted against Islam and the atheism of Communist regimes. Hinduism and Buddhism are prevalent. These religious differences commonly exacerbate political and cultural differences making it a source of wonderment that the region is not embroiled in even more strife.

However, as Islam continues its aggressive and intolerant march across Asia, conflict is virtually assured. For the thousands of Christian residents of Brunei, banned from baptisms and the propagation of their faith, the battle already seems lost.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Asia Pacific

Cardinal Pell accused of 'historic sex offenses' looks forward to clearing name Watch

Image of Cardinal Georges Pell said he is looking forward to his day in court.

Australian Police have charged Cardinal George Pell with 'historic sex offenses.' Cardinal Pell is the highest-ranking member of the Church ... continue reading


Kidnapped Philippine priest is seen ALIVE Watch

Image of Father Chito Suganob was kidnapped in May.

Filipino priest, Father Teresito "Chito" Suganob was captured by ISIS-affiliated terrorist group, Maute about a month ago. A week after his ... continue reading


Catholic chapel brutally attacked, religious icons destroyed with hammer by Philippine terrorists Watch

Image of Islamic terrorists desecrated consecrated hosts in a Catholic chapel [not pictured].

A Catholic chapel, full of consecrated hosts and religious icons, in the Philippines, was the target of a brutal attack by an Islamic ... continue reading


Terrorists using Christians as sex slaves and human shields in the Philippines Watch

Image of Philippine troops continue to bomb the terrorists into submission. However, the terrorists are using human shields.

ISIS-linked terrorists in the Philippines are using Christians as sex slaves and human shields, according to people who have escaped the ... continue reading


Vatican asks for the release of bishop forcibly removed from diocese Watch

Image of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was forcibly removed from his diocese in May.

The Vatican is worried about what has happened to a bishop in China, who they say was "forcibly removed," and has now disappeared. LOS ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.