Originally posted by der schwarze Ritter
Debate: If a religion (or country) is to be taken seriously, should there be an option to opt out or convert without fear of death, imprisonment, loss of job, etc.?
I have formulated a compromise between the Muslim propensity to dismember people, treat infidelity as a capital crime and generally take an abhorrent approach to criminal justice, and the Christian doctrine of repeated forgiveness. Malaysia should adopt the following system:
1) Each person is born into a particular religion, and is also born with ten fingers.
2) Each time a person changes religion while still in possession of at least one finger, one of his fingers shall be severed using a crude instrument in a public ceremony, but then he shall be forgiven for changing and allowed to practice his new relgion without further constraint.
3) Whenever a person changes religion after having all of his fingers severed, his head shall be shall be severed using a crude instrument in a public ceremony, and his family shall be forgiven for his crimes of infidelity.