Malaysia Bans 11 Books on IslamKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia has banned 11 books for allegedly giving a false portrayal of Islam, such as by linking the religion to terrorism and the mistreatment of women, an official said Wednesday.
The government ordered the books -- most of them released by U.S. publishers -- to be blacklisted earlier this month "because they are not in line with what we call the Malaysian version of Islam," said Che Din Yusoh, an official with the Internal Security Ministry's publications control unit.
"Publications control unit"... "Internal Security Ministry" ... "banned books". These phrases of true Islamic-style totalitarian thought control should send shivers of fear and revulsion down the spines of all freedom-loving people, everywhere.
"Some of them ridicule Islam as a religion, or the facts are wrong about Islam, like associating Islam with terrorism ... or saying Islam mistreats women," he said. "Once you mention something which is not correct, it's not proper."
You know it's gotta be true when even mention of such horrible yet undeniable truths are banished. This, my friends, is a classic Islamic response to forthright examination or to any criticism -- ban it or intimidate it out of existence. And if that doesn't shut up the critics of Islam, then you get this.
Expect the banned book list in this country to only get longer in the future.