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In Malaysia, ruling party uses Islamic values to bolster support

Posted on 17 July 2012

First came the banning of a gay arts festival and the book “Islamic Sex.” Then the cancellation of U.S. singer Erykah Badu’s concert after a publicity photo showed her with an “Allah” tattoo.
Next on the banned list was British author Peter Mayle’s sex-education book “Where Did I Come From?” and, in May, “Allah, Liberty & Love” by liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji, which calls for reform and greater tolerance within Islam. Although state religious officials in Malaysia say preventing citizens’ exposure to “un-Islamic” books, authors and entertainers is a moral necessity, opposition leaders offer a different view: It’s largely about political power. ………………………………………Full Article: Source

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