Apostasy

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'''Apostasy''' is the act of leaving a [[religion]] for another religion or for non-belief. Many religions have rules against apostasy and lay out specific punishments for apostates. For instance, most [[Islam]]ic scholars agree that the [[death penalty]] is the appropriate punishment for a male apostate, and that either imprisonment or death is appropriate for a female apostate. Other religions, such as [[Scientology]] and the [[Jehovah's Witnesses]], urge their followers to shun apostates. These types of punishments are meant to keep believers faithful through fear.
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'''Apostasy''' is the act of leaving a [[religion]] for another religion or for non-belief. Many religions have rules against apostasy and lay out specific punishments for apostates. For instance, most [[Islam]]ic scholars agree that the [[death penalty]] is the appropriate punishment for a male apostate, and that either imprisonment or death is appropriate for a female apostate. Other religions, such as [[Scientology]] and the [[Jehovah's Witnesses]], urge their followers to [[shun]] apostates. These types of punishments are meant to keep believers faithful through fear.
  
 
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Revision as of 15:05, 5 January 2009

Apostasy is the act of leaving a religion for another religion or for non-belief. Many religions have rules against apostasy and lay out specific punishments for apostates. For instance, most Islamic scholars agree that the death penalty is the appropriate punishment for a male apostate, and that either imprisonment or death is appropriate for a female apostate. Other religions, such as Scientology and the Jehovah's Witnesses, urge their followers to shun apostates. These types of punishments are meant to keep believers faithful through fear.

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