This article in the Wall Street Journal offers more proof that it is easier to leave Islam than reform it.
On Thursday, Islamic radicals sealed off more than 10 Ahmadiyah mosques in Indonesia. This was the predictable outcome of a June 9 government ruling barring the Ahmadiyah from "dissemination activities," whatever that means. Their crime? Peacefully worshipping a liberal form of Islam.
The article goes on to question what is next if the radicals get their way. Could churches be targeted? Very possibly.
The difference is that world opinion may well react to an anti-Christian pogrom. At the very least, the Vatican could lodge diplomatic protests and, if the situation warranted it, Catholics around the world might demonstrate in solidarity. This being an election year, US politicians – particularly those in districts with big Catholic constituencies - would then huff and puff. In short, something might actually get done.
Moderate Islam, by contrast, has no friends.
Note that I am not overrating popular outrage – it is a passing thing (see Darfur, Tibet, Zimbabwe) – but at least there are advocates on the world stage for Christians. They may be faint-hearted, militarily feeble and easily distracted, but they are there.
So if you are non-violent Muslim, someone trying to life a moral life, someone who believes in equality for women, who values education, science and commerce, what options do you really have? If you try to argue for changes in your mosque, you – and your family – could very well end up dead.
If you convert, the danger is there, but at least you know someone out there is on your side. If nothing else, you will have their prayers.