This was my response to a murtad who alleges that Muslims are “intolerant” of other faiths because they oppose the construction of an obviously missiology building, right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur 🙄 His claims are in italics and my reply is in normal font. I am reposting it here for future reference, as I plan to deal with the issue explicitly on Suara Malaysia. The English may be off the mark somewhat, because I wrote it on impulse and no thanks to the wife, I couldn’t check the grammar before posting.
“Naivety or not, the function of a church is similar to that of a mosque”: When I say “church” here, I refer to the organised structure of Christian missiology, and not necessarily to the place of Christian worship. This may be used interchangeably according to context.
“If Islam claims to allow freedom of religion, why should there be restrictions in this aspect?”: There are already more than enough churches in and around Kuala Lumpur. There is no need for an obviously missiology “church” to be planted smack-bang in the middle of Bukit Jalil. How many Christians are there living in Bukit Jalil anyway? The need for the space? Besides, the purpose of the convention centre (and it’s not simply just a church, as you try to downplay its significance) is clearly for missionary work, their website is very blatant about that.
“Why should there even be a question concerning the size?”: Of course there should be questions about its size because this country has laws. One cannot simply build a mosque in the middle of a non-Muslim community, anymore than one can build a church in the middle of a Muslim community. So again, what is the need for a huge “Christian” convention centre with a clearly Christian missiology purpose to be build in the middle of Bukit Jalil? And that too, in a Muslim-majority nation? Wouldn’t Singapore be a better option if the intentions are sincere?
“You’re just being jealous that the Christians are capable of funding such a project”: Red herring argument. This is irrelevant, and has nothing to do with the issue at hand.
“I sometimes wonder whether you’re Malaysian as well, simply because you do not hold the necessary ideal a Malaysian should have”: So you believe that churches can be build in the middle of a Hindu community? Or that a Chinese temple can be build in a Christian-majority area? Seems that you are simply picking on the Muslims because you have a axe to grind and think this is an opportunity for you to claim that Islam is intolerant, violent and repulsive. It is not because of any “Malaysian” sentiment that you may claim you have a stake to.
“The interest of a Muslim should be upholding values exalted….”: Suddenly you are trying to become an expert on Islam and want to teach the Muslim how to behave according to your (misguided) viewpoint? Because this is clearly a missiology building, there is nothing altruistic in its intentions. It is clearly a convention centre for Christian missionaries with the aim of Christian missionary work for the Muslims in the country and this region, as per their “Windows 10/40” plan and within the scope of the global “Joshua Project” as noted in http://www.joshuaproject.net/
Obviously you are oblivious to all this because you have this warped mentality that Islam is evil and other religions are not. However that does not give you the right going around bitching nonsense like “Islam is not a religion of peace and tolerance”, just because Muslims are opposed to this convention centre (not “church”) which has a missiology purpose. Not to mention that such a convention centre is totally unneeded, especially a “Christian” one. If the Christians want to rent a convention space so badly, they can rent Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil for that purpose, or even Putrajaya Convention Centre and the KL Convention Centre for the same purpose. There’s no need to build a “Christian” convention centre if there are no ulterior motives behind this, right?
“A true Muslim would think like you because this is what Islam is all about… a fake Muslim….”: There’s no such thing as a “true” or a “fake” Muslim. One is either a Muslim or he is not, period. And it is quite clear to me which one you are.