LRJ for "The Man of Law's Tale DUE FEBRUARY 17.
Repercussions of Conversion
In The Man of Law’s Tale, a Muslim sultan agrees to convert to Christianity in order to marry the Emperor’s beautiful daughter Constance. Many non-religious and irreligious people today might take such an act lightly, but to renounce one’s faith (even for a beautiful gal) can carry some serious repercussions. It did as much for the sultan, whose mother slaughtered her son and all the Christians (except for Constance) while they dined at feast: Christians all were overthrown, / Hacked into pieces, stabbed where they were sitting, / All but Lady Constance, spared alone.” Unfortunately, in some parts of the world today – Sudan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere – this kind of occurrence is not uncommon. In some countries, the punishment for conversion to Christianity is execution. Read “Daring Leaps of Faith” by Julia Duin in The Washington Times. What issues do ex-Muslims have to face in Muslim countries? In the U.S.? Do you find this surprising? Why or why not?