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Obedient Wives Club in Malaysia

A fringe Muslim group in Malaysia has caused some controversy by starting an Obedient Wives Club. The group maintain that wives should be better than a first class prostitute in the bedroom. By sexually satisfying their husbands, they can prevent domestic violence and sexual promiscuity. Doesn’t it sound a bit like the husband saying, “Do what I want in the bedroom or I’ll beat you up and sleep with other women”? I can’t really see why the wives would join, unless of course they don’t want to be beaten up and have their husbands sleep around. The media has asked the minister for women in Malaysia, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, if wives are being turned into slaves by their husbands. She has stated that the club is giving Islam a bad name.

Piercings and Pot Carrying for Lord Murugan in Thaipusam festival.

Thaipusam PiercingAre you ready to honour Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war and fertility? If so you have probably been on a vegetarian diet and abstaining from sex for over a month, in preparation for Thaipusam. The Thaipusam festival follows the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, which this year will be celebrated tomorrow on January 20th. Many people in Malaysia attribute conceiving children or surviving serious illness or accident to this god. The bigger the request that was answered, the bigger the ritual offering must be. On the day of the festival many followers will pierce their bodies with hooks carrying fruit and trek to temples, where the piercing will be removed and the debt is paid. Others carry their newly conceived babies to the temple for blessing and others carry pots of milk or wooden floats on their head. Some also shave their heads and smear sandalwood all over their bodies. In Malaysia the prime minister is attending the celebrations, which are expected to draw a crowd of 200,000. It all makes Sunday Service, or Mass, look a bit dull.

Allah for Everyone

Drop those stones, the Malaysian court allows everyone call God Allah. Well thanks be to Allah.

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Allah Decision Postponed

Malaysian court postpones decision on whether Christians can call God Allah. Ok, who said Jehovah? Anyone for fake beards?

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