Boy caned for bringing pork to school

MALAYSIA’S parliament this week debated whether or not it was right for teachers to cane a 10-year-old boy for bringing pork to school.

The Malaysia Star reported the argument centered on whether the boy, who was caned 10 times across the hand for eating a home-cooked meal of fried rice with pork, is Muslim or Christian. If the boy was Christian he would not have broken any rules by eating pig products.

Angela Jabing said her son Basil was disciplined for eating a non-Halal meal. She is a Christian and her husband, Beginda Minda, has denied being a Muslim.

The Star reported that a decree issued by the National Fatwa Council means that if either parent is Muslim the child must be Muslim.

“I admit I was a Muslim before. But in 1999, I changed my religion. Now I am a non-Muslim,” Beginda said.

The government is now investigating whether Beginda is a Muslim or non-Muslim.

“Only after this can conclusions be drawn on why his son was caned,” said government minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.


  1. The Actual Issue – Can he eat pork?

    In Leviticus, Chapter 11:7-8, in the Bible,it says;

    “And the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves,yet it does not chew the cud;he is unclean to you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.”

    Rev. C.L. Vories says in his pamphlet “the Hog”,page 26;

    “The Bible so clearly and definitely forbids the eating of pork that all who love the word of God and would follow its teachings can have no question at all as to wether or not they should abstain from feasting the unclean creature.”

    Qouted from Ahmad H.Sakr (2005), Pork: Good Reasons for its prohibition, ISBN: 983-9384-19-8
    – the author is a professor of bichemistry and nutrition
    Muslims are forbidden by God to eat the meat of the pig (pork).

    This is detailed in verses 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, and 16:115 of the Qur’an. An exemplary verse is quoted here: “He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

    Is Pork Forbidden to Muslims Only?
    The Jews and Christians are also forbidden from eating pork. Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.” Deuteronomy 14:8

    Many Christians believe that this verse was directed only at the Jews. But Jesus himself says during the Sermon on the Mount; “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Some Christians say that, after a vision by St. Peter, God cleansed all animals and made them fit and lawful for human consumption. If ALL animals are cleansed by Peter’s vision, this includes dogs, cats, vultures, and rats: but you just don’t see people getting excited about a cat-meat sandwich like they do over barbecued pork or bacon. Others say that it was Paul who rescinded the law forbidding pork to humans, in order to appease the Romans, who enjoyed the taste of pig-meat. Many excuses have been given, but none are very sound.

    Many Far Eastern traditions also discourage the eating of pork. The 3,000 year old Confucian Book of Rites says, “Agentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs.” Although many Chinese are avid eaters of pork today, physicians of ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Buddhists, Jains and Hindus usually avoid eating any kind of meat.


    Why I Don’t Eat Pork
    October 18th, 2009
    I don’t eat pork. (You probably guessed that from the title.) Not only do I not eat pork, I don’t eat other products derived from pigs, including bacon, lard, and gelatin, or any sort of food containing those items.
    Up until now, if you’d asked me why not, I’d shrug and explain: I’m Jewish. I grew up in a Jewish household and went to a Jewish school for my entire childhood. It’s never really been an issue – the same way that not eating insects has probably never really been an issue for most Canadians.
    But that’s not good enough.
    The religious reason Jews don’t eat pork is because it’s outlined very clearly in Vayikra (Leviticus) that pigs are not kosher – that is, legal to eat. The Torah specifies pigs in part to avoid confusion: any land animal that both chews its cud and has a split hoof is kosher. Pigs have split hooves, but they don’t chew their cud. So even though they’re not kosher, you can see how an error might be easy.
    The reason pigs aren’t kosher? Well, that’s a tougher question. It’s often suggested that there was a logical reason behind pigs being unkosher: pigs are prone to host parasites such as tapeworms, and if they or their eggs are consumed in improperly cooked pork, these parasites can take residence in humans. Usually, the person offering this explanation goes on to argue that such a reason was valid only in Biblical times, when people lacked the technology to ensure pork could be safely consumed, and this being the case, there’s no reason why the law shouldn’t be struck from the books.
    But this isn’t the reason Jews are prohibited from eating pork. I know because we used to suggest it in Torah class to our teacher, the rabbi, and he would explain that, yes, that reason made sense, in a limited way, but we shouldn’t presume to know the mind of G-d. If G-d meant that it was OK to eat pigs as soon as we developed tools to make sure their meat wouldn’t harm us, G-d could have written that. And why would G-d make pigs unkosher but not other species equally prone to carry disease?
    In the end, we were taught, although one can come up with logical reasons for many mitzvot (Biblical commandments), one can’t assume that our understanding of the law is the same as G-d’s, or even that G-d has the sort of reason we’d consider to be logical. The point is, obeying G-d’s laws isn’t supposed to be the same as obeying a doctor’s advice.

    Which Animals Does the Bible Designate as ‘Clean’ and ‘Unclean’?
    God reveals which animals—including fish and birds—are suitable and unsuitable for human consumption in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. Although the lists aren’t exhaustive, He reveals guidelines for recognizing animals that are acceptable for food.
    God states that cud-chewing animals with split hooves can be eaten (Leviticus 11:3; Deuteronomy 14:6). These specifically include the cattle, sheep, goat, deer and gazelle families (Deuteronomy 14:4-5). He also lists such animals as camels, rabbits and pigs as being unclean, or unfit to eat (Leviticus 11:4-8). He later lists such “creeping things” as moles, mice and lizards as unfit to eat (verses 29-31), as well as four-footed animals with paws (cats, dogs, bears, lions, tigers, etc.) as unclean (verse 27).
    He tells us that salt and freshwater fish with fins and scales may be eaten (verses 9-12), but water creatures without those characteristics (catfish, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters, squid, octopi, etc.) should not be eaten.
    God also lists birds and other flying creatures that are unclean for consumption (verses 13-19). He identifies carrion eaters and birds of prey as unclean, plus ostriches, storks, herons and bats.
    Birds such as chickens, turkeys and pheasants are not on the unclean list and therefore can be eaten. Insects, with the exception of locusts, crickets and grasshoppers, are listed as unclean (verses 20-23).
    Why does God identify some animals as suitable for human consumption and others as unsuitable? God didn’t give laws to arbitrarily assert control over people. He gave His laws (including those of which meats are clean or unclean) “that it might be well” with those who seek to obey Him (Deuteronomy 5:29).
    Although God did not reveal the specific reasons some animals may be eaten and others must be avoided, we can make generalized conclusions based on the animals included in the two categories.
    In listing the animals that should not be eaten, God forbids the consumption of scavengers and carrion eaters, which devour other animals for their food.
    Animals such as pigs, bears, vultures and raptors can eat (and thrive) on decaying flesh. Predatory animals such as wolves, lions, leopards and cheetahs most often prey on the weakest (and at times the diseased) in animal herds.
    When it comes to sea creatures, bottom dwellers such as lobsters and crabs scavenge for dead animals on the sea floor. Shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels similarly consume decaying organic matter that sinks to the sea floor, including sewage.
    A common denominator of many of the animals God designates as unclean is that they routinely eat flesh that would sicken or kill human beings. When we eat such animals we partake of a food chain that includes things harmful to people.
    As nutritionist David Meinz observes: “Could it be that God, in His wisdom, created certain creatures whose sole purpose is to clean up after the others? Their entire ‘calling’ may be to act exclusively as the sanitation workers of our ecology. God may simply be telling us that it’s better for us believers not to consume the meat of these trash collectors” (Eating by the Book,1999, p. 225).

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