“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the slightly controversial blog that deals with all aspects of religion. Its subtitle is “A Christian-atheist polemic”, and indeed, its writer does not believe in the existence of God, and makes no bones about his atheism either. Zingcreed has rarely touched on Islam, preferring to stick to the Judaeo–Christian tradition with which it is more familiar. I would say the pieces on the wearing of the Hijab headscarf and on Ramadan were sensitive and objective and could cause no offence to anyone. I just put down the facts as I saw them, using Moslem sources. (A recent Moslem correspondent tells me he liked one particular Post of mine and wants to quote it in an upcoming book.)
Nevertheless, something fishy seems to be going on. Read on for the details.
Peter Turner, M.A ., M.Sc.”
I got to know a person quite well during a recent stay in the beautiful country of Malaysia, and I decided to show him my 3 blogs on his smart phone:
graffitiinlondon.wordpress.com – no problem;
petersgreentubewalks.wordpress.com – no problem;
zingcreed.wordpress.com – “This page is not available”. Why not? I can only guess.
Malaysia is a predominantly Moslem state with the star and crescent moon of Islam on its national flag. There is a growing wave of Moslem conservatism in the country that is calling for the implementation of Sharia law. The banning of bikinis is under discussion in some tourist hotspots. (Moslem women who go for a dip in the sea remain modestly covered from head to toe.) Could my occasional atheist rants cause offence to some Moslems? I don’t know. Over 17000 people have viewed the blog and many have got in touch, but not one has objected to any of the overtly atheist content.
Is the internet censored in Malaysia? Some say yes, some say no, according to Wikipedia’s rather contradictory page on the topic. “Filtering of sensitive sites” is said to occur. Does Zingcreed count as a “sensitive site”. Is it being “filtered”? “There are reports that the state investigates and harasses bloggers,” continues Wikipedia, though these are mostly political sites. When a website is censored a message will appear on the screen, and it is not the one I got, it is
“This website is not available in Malaysia as it violates national law.” So perhaps it was a technical hitch after all.
I hope so.