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Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Prayer for Lina Joy

I am not a very religious person although I took part in many church activities when I was young as I lived just opposite St Michael’s Church in Ipoh.

My brothers and I used to be called up to serve at funerals and weddings and we even used to ring the three church bells and sing the Latin hymns in the choir, especially for funerals.

So Lina Joy is feeling sad as she did not receive justice she expected from the highest court in Malaysia. The verdict was not unexpected as many Malaysians have the perception that Muslim civil court judges are not able to exercise the judgement of a Solomon and leave their own religious convictions behind; especially in cases with religious complexities.


Grant her the courage to accept the trials and tribulations you have given her
Help her to understand the fears and doubts of those who ridicule her
Forgive those who have judged her, they know not what they do.

Keep the peace and harmony in my country Malaysia
You have made us to be a nation with many races and many creeds
Help our leaders realise that this frail harmony can be easily broken
When religious bigotry is allowed to terrorise the ordinary people

Let Lina be at peace with You because only with You there is salvation
Protect her from all evil and those that wish her ill
May her light shine brightly so that others will follow her.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Please share this prayer with your friends as Lina Joy needs all the help we can give her in these troubled times.


PeterP said...


caliibre said...

What a sad day for Malaysia. The court verdict against Lina Joy has destroyed her bid to have her religious choice be seen as a matter of personal conscience rather than a state imposed obligation. Whilst the angry young men rejoice and shout “Allah-o-Akbar”, the Muslim religion again trumps the constitution and provides yet another early indication of the cracks forming in this previously rights based democracy.

This verdict and other sad cases such as that of Subashini Rajasperhaps, may mean that the country’s tourist promotion board needs to rework its “Truly Asia” campaign. Perhaps now they need to market as ‘Malaysia truly Arabia’. Actually the government sometime back removed its English street names so it should be no problem for them to re-brand KL as the centre of “ASIARABIA” and perhaps they could call it ‘Riyadh Lumpur’. Oh yes and of course Putrajaya could become Meccaminor.

Now get the tune in the head and its… Malaysia…. truly Arabia… yessssirrrr sounds great.