Former Archbishop of Canterbury says, “Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with Islam at its core that it cannot allow people to change their religion?”

Lord-Carey_TIFormer Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, calls on British Muslim leaders to back the right to convert from Islam another to religion after a court in Sudan sentenced a woman to death for apostasy.

Independent  The peer said it was “accepted doctrine” that Muslim converts should face the death penalty. He also said there were examples of ex-Muslims in Britain who had been forced to “almost go underground”.

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“Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with Islam at its core that it cannot allow people to change their religion?” he told The  Sunday Times. “It is accepted doctrine in Islam [that] you don’t convert and if you do the penalty may be death.” He added: “I want to hear Muslim leaders say ‘we allow Muslims to become Christians if they wish to’.”

Lord Carey spoke out after Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to death by a sharia court in Sudan after refusing to recant her Christian faith. The sentence has been postponed until after her baby is born. as she is pregnant.

A leading British Muslim thinker Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui told The Independent that the idea that former Muslims should be put to death was introduced later as part of “man-made sharia” law, he said, adding that the issue was being debated by Muslim scholars around the world.

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