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Folding paper ingots forbidden by some religions

Joss sticks aside, burning ‘hell money’ is also discouraged, for its purpose is to ‘bribe’ the departing spirits and keep them from descending into our realm and peek at us from behind the closet. Tough luck for dead Granny if her only Christian child refuses to send a paper iPad up to her in heaven, which makes her more likely to come down and haunt your dreams. A baptised ‘child of God’ is also prohibited fromkneeling before a corpse, because it’s an act of demonic supplication. All this coming from a faith where you ‘eat’ the body and ‘drink’ the blood of Jesus Christ, channel gibberish in fits of ecstasy, and you carry around wooden cross talismans as protection against vampires.

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RELIGION GETTING IN THE WAY OF FILIAL PIETY

My husband’s grandmother died recently at the age of 91. The last couple of years were difficult as she was bedridden and fading day by day. Certainly, she lived a fruitful life, with five children, multiple grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. According to her wishes, the funeral arrangements followed Taoist tradition. This involved elaborate prayers, processions and folding thousands of paper ingots to send her on a comfortable journey to the afterlife. With that many offspring, one would have expected all hands on deck.

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Malaysian New York Times Censor Pictures of Pigs in Newspaper

Printers of the Malaysian edition, KHL Printing Co, had reportedly blacked out the faces of each animal in a frontpage story of Wednesday’s issue. “For the New York Times, if there’s pictures of nudity, smoking, weapons like guns, or pigs, we cover them up. It’s not allowed in a Muslim country,” said G. Omprakash, a representative from the printing company. While he was unsure if there was a government directive against such images, such censorship is apparently a standard practice passed down from “seniors” in the Shah Alam-based company.

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Pakistani cleric slams Malaysia’s “ignorant” Allah ruling

A Pakistani Muslim cleric Younos AlGohar said the Malaysian Appeals Court decision that the word ‘Allah’ is exclusively for Muslims, is syirik. “The Malaysian court said, don’t use the word Allah. It is our God. Use your God’s name. This sentence is syirik (sin),” said Younos, the co-founder of Messiah Foundation International in a 16:12 minute video recording by Alra TV.

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