Countries Where Apostasy is Punished

Apostasy can be defined as "changing one's mind" by renouncing previous religious beliefs. In which countries can this be punished by imprisonment, death, or loss of child custody?
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Either in a criminal or religious court
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Afghanistan
Brunei
Comoros
Iran
Jordan
Kuwait
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Malaysia
Maldives
Mauritania
Morocco
Oman
Qatar
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Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
Yemen
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Level ∞
Nov 24, 2017
Note: in all these countries it is only a crime to renounce one's belief in Islam. Converting from another religion to Islam is allowed.
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Level 68
Nov 24, 2017
It's also a capital offence to be an atheist in quite a lot of those countries.
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
Atheism is one of the many things in Saudi Arabia that is classified as a form of terrorism. And people wonder why I get upset when they misuse words like this to apply to whatever they don't like...
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Level 59
Nov 25, 2017
And yet people say Christianity is the evil religion
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Level 72
Nov 25, 2017
Weird, how there are no people, that don't like Islam, isn't it?
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Level 73
Nov 25, 2017
Christianity is the more secularized religion. That's the only reason it is more tolerable to Islam. At least in the West.
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2017
Check out Christianity a few hundred years ago. It's relative tolerance is a very recent phenomenon.
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Level 54
Nov 26, 2017
Because the Crusades are an accurate representation of all of Christianity during the entire Middle Ages. /s
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2017
I don't think they were talking about the Crusades and I don't think they were talking about as far as about 800 yeas ago. Christianity didn't become a peaceful religion right after the Crusades.
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Level 55
Jan 25, 2018
Christianity itself was not intolerant, just an amount of it's followers were. I don't know why it is that so many white people have this bias to be so quick to villify the bad behaviours of people in their own race yet so quick to excuse or downplay the bad behaviours of people of other cultures, it's a double standard. It's interesting how people usually have to go into the past to find instances to compare evil things Muslims have done with evil things Christians have done. Its almost as if they think the fact that the overall change where most Christians are now tolerant doesn't make much of a difference.
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Level 36
Jan 25, 2018
Christianity only became a peaceful religion when it's nations became majority athiests
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Level 72
Jan 25, 2018
Christianity was/is mostly peaceful, except for some radicals. Islam was/is mostly peaceful, except for some radicals. gzx5, I don't know what you're referring to with this "bias", unless it's overcompensating for the vilifying of Muslims that exists today.
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
Too much to clean up.
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Level 56
Jan 26, 2018
lol...a few hundred years ago! Wow, that's almost like an hour ago!
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Level 59
Nov 18, 2018
@wtstoudt, were Pope Urban II and Mohammed "some radicals"? They weren't very peaceful in the sense that they started wars and were the main religious leaders of the entire religion at the time they were around.
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Level 45
Feb 15, 2019
lol it is
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Level 55
Dec 20, 2019
Christianity itself is peaceful, however there were followers of it who weren't. You can't judge a religion by followers of it who choose to do things that aren't part of it. You can only judge the followers themselves for that. @ThePotatoeKnight That's not quite accurate. You clearly have limited knowledge about christianity if that's what you believe, please educate yourself on the difference between a religion itself and followers who choose to disobey their religion. It always was a peaceful and loving religion and that was never dependent on atheism. Unlike Islam, Christianity doesn't condone slavery nor the killing of those who leave it.
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Level 55
Dec 20, 2019
@wtstoudt I'm saying these people compare an anthill to a mountain. Christian extremists are almost unheard of today, but the same can't be said of Muslims. Sure the Crusades, Spanish inquisition and things like that were bad, but what have Christians done like that lately? Now, on the other hand we constantly hear about ISIS and other Muslim fanatics blowing up airports, bridges, people and vehicles and stabbing and shooting people. Not to mention all the no go zones, the tribal hostility, violence against women, and rapes. And before you say the Media only focuses on Muslim extremists, how do you explain all the coverage on the Mosque shooter in New Zealand, Anders Brevik, the Chinese persecution of Uyghurs, and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar? In a nutshell, something that no longer happens isn't a problem the way something that still happens is. Also, there are more Muslim extremists than Christian ones.
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Level 65
May 22, 2020
Apostasy is punished under islamic law because there are direct quotes from Muhammad in the hadiths ordering the killing of people who leave islam. I don't believe there is such a saying from Jesus.
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Level 57
May 22, 2020
@LauraCamus Jesus didn't say a lot of things, nevertheless, they turned into quite a major part of Christianity (eg. celibacy, there are even some books with similar age as the new testament, which state, that Jesus slept with Mary Magdalene and also, that Mary Magdalene was in fact a very active disciple and conveyed Jesu thought to many people similar to St Peter or St Paul or any other disciple. I know this is only a Catholic and Orthodox problem, but that is still a large amount of Christianity).
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Level 57
May 22, 2020
@gzx5 I have been to many a mass, which turned out to be a sermon trying to convince the parish, that they should vote for far right parties. Many priests back conservative, nationalist and racist movements, which in essence lead to violence towards groups such as (and mostly) muslims and refugees. Some even defend Neo-Nazis and PEGIDA members. It is inacceptable, that a priest, who should be a moral instance, uses his "superiority" to convey his political ideology, which in this case strongly transgresses Jesu teaching. A priest can actually say most anything, because a sermon is a one-way conversation, because nobody can argue against him, for he is/should be a "pigeon hole" of God and therefore speaking up would be seen as blasphemy. I know this isn't terrorism per se, but it can lead to terrorism, or at least violence.
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Level 55
May 22, 2020
@Nathaniel And maybe you have met people like that. There are a number of peaceful Muslims and there are also some Christian extremists, but there are way fewer of them than Muslim ones. Those extremists you met, while I don't doubt they said what you claim, don't change that. What they said was of their own mindset and not actually of Christianity. Christianity teaches forgiveness many times, Islam does not. And by the way, I used to be Muslim before I converted to Christianity, I've travelled to 50 countries including Muslim ones and I've been learning about world history since I was 9 in 1997. You're not dealing with some ignorant hillbilly here
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Level 72
May 22, 2020
Nathaniel: Pegida-defending priests? Whether from personal experience or from the media, my impression is that most priests think along the lines of CDU/CSU, SPD, or Green Party. Which region do you come from? Or is it another country with a pegida offshoot?
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
and westerners want to import those people to western countries, thinking they will easily integrate smh
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Level 77
Nov 24, 2017
Small price to pay for eternal bliss...
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Level 65
Aug 30, 2019
Lol it’s like a clingy girlfriend. “You can’t leave! I won’t let you.”
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Level 77
May 22, 2020
'.. or I'll chop your hands off'
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Level 57
May 22, 2020
ha, I bet she would.
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Level 66
Nov 24, 2017
Maybe UAE have to be added?! https://www.loc.gov/law/help/apostasy/index.php And to be pedantic: I wonder whether religious courts in the ISIS territory (i.e. Iraq) penalise apostasy as well.
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2017
I'm guessing ISIS just skips the court part and moves right on to the beheading.
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2018
I would say you're being stereotypical, but, sadly, that's kind of true.
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Level 64
Nov 25, 2017
Pakistan is on this list.
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Level 82
Nov 26, 2017
Yes, I'm surprised to see Pakistan NOT on this list.
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Level 58
Jan 25, 2018
Pakistan is a free country for all faiths, as Jinnah said, "You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state."
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Islam#Pakistan

According to this, it's not currently illegal. Blasphemy, however, is illegal and punishable by death. Furthermore, 62% of people polled would favor the death penalty for apostasy.

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Level 70
Aug 17, 2018
Yet it's only a "tiny, radical minority" that can be considered to be violent according to lots of the comments here.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
but I thought muslims are peaceful...
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
Pakistan and Bangladesh, in many ways every bit as backward as any Muslim country in the world, in other ways benefit a lot from the British legal traditions they inherited by breaking away from India.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
Though that being said, even though there might not be a specific criminal code against it, renounce Islam in either country and you are fairly likely to be brutally murdered by an angry mob while authorities look on.
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Level 58
May 22, 2020
Announce you are a Muslim in India and you would be beat to death by an angry mob too, while the authorities look on. So the point is, no religion is violent or radical, rather some people aggravate and exploit it. If you ever read the Quran, with the right understanding, the Bible in its original form, the Torah in its unchanged form, you would see that the Abrahamic religions are actually more similar than different. If only people would stop exploiting them, not build them into businesses to earn cheap money and instead build on the similarities.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
But I thought that colonialism was evil? Disregard the fact that most infrastructure most african countries have are based on the colonialists.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
? There are 172+ million Muslims in India today. And they don't keep this a secret.
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Level 47
May 26, 2020
I think you are referring to cow vigilantes, who respond to rumors of people carrying beef. This is often directed at muslims, but has only been a problem with a recent political shift in India's government in the past five years.
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Level 79
May 26, 2020
While, for sure, the current government of India has done much to inflame tribal conflicts and tensions in the country and that is regrettable.. cow vigilantes? I'd have to look it up. I'm not going to trust qcumber based on some other things he's posted recently. I ordered hamburgers at McDonald's in India when I was there and nobody tried to kill me.
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Level 46
Jun 25, 2020
The mob only gets angry, if you slaughter a cow in day light in public because it is outright cruel and hurts the pacifist beliefs of Hindus. Otherwise there is no problem in consuming beef. It is evident from the fact that India is one of the largest exporters of beef. Its just a matter of common sense. Don't provoke the mob by spitting venom and brewing hatred. Try yelling "Hail Hitler" in a crowded area of Israel and you will face its consequenses immediately.
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Level 59
Nov 25, 2017
The irony of this being the case is that some religions are 'criticised' in countries where such things don't take place. I think that people should be allowed to worship as they wish free from persecution irrespective of what God or belief they hold and should not be criticised for believing in something that others disagree with.
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Level 60
Nov 25, 2017
I think this quizz should be deleted. It just adds more fuel to the religious hate that is going on in the world. Let everyone believe what they want. If your beliefs do not fit in the place where you live, it is possible to move somewhere else.
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Level 69
Nov 25, 2017
Why should this be deleted? These are facts. Trying to ignore the bad in this world won't get you anywhere. Also, since when did beliefs "belong" to any country? Shouldn't everyone be allowed to worship as they please?
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Level 77
Nov 26, 2017
Yes, let's not criticise theocracies that literally murder heretics. Like it's the criticism that's at fault, not the throwing of people off buildings. Come on mate...
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Level 64
Jan 25, 2018
Absolutely not. This quiz is based on fact. I'm a proud anti-Islamophobia secular progressive, but we cannot ignore reality just because it is inconvenient for us. This part of the world is backwards. It is host to egregious human rights abuses, many of which are rooted in its fundamentalist approach to Islam. We do the cause for acceptance no favors by ignoring reality. We need instead to accept and understand reality, and emphasis that the fact Islam itself is not to blame for these problems (nor are individual Muslims), but rather that these societies as a whole and their fundamentalism are to blame. If governments in Christian countries took the Old Testament as literally as the governments in these places take the Quran, there'd be plenty to resent in Christian countries too. It's not the religion. It's how people implement it.
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Level 55
May 22, 2020
How do you do, fellow anti-islamophobic progressives?
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Level 64
May 22, 2020
Hahaha. It's a pretty absurd descriptor. I was just trying to give where I was coming from. Oh well. And I'm pretty good, all things considered. Thank you for asking.
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
So you're saying that it's more important to protect the small number of privileged Muslims living in the United States from hurt feelings than it is to protect hundreds of millions of Muslims living in Muslim countries from real injustice and actual oppression? Having known personally many atheists in Saudi Arabia who suffered persecution or lived in fear of violence, and many women who suffered through worse, comments like this really get under my skin.
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Level 47
May 26, 2020
This is why I dont understand feminists complaining about guys spreading their legs in public as opposed to attempting to understand and help the women living in strict societies in the middle east.
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Level 79
May 26, 2020
Those feminists are unable to see anything beyond their own very limited and myopic experience, and hate those whom they see as privileged oppressors in their own small lives and narrow worldview. They also engage in catastrophizing and a number of other behaviors linked to poor mental health and resulting in cognitive errors.
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Level 59
Jul 31, 2018
If you think everyone should be allowed to believe what they want then surely you should support this quiz in pointing out the countries that do not allow people the right to change religion. As for the bit about moving somewhere else, what a load of nonsense. As if moving country is something everyone can do easily...
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
Facts over Feelings.
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Level 73
May 23, 2020
If Jetpunk had a downvote button like Reddit does, I’d downvote this comment right away. Judging from the other replies, I think many would too.
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Level 82
May 25, 2020
Oh come on. How come this comment stays up but I make a similar comment on someone defending Trump and it gets deleted right away?
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Level 79
May 26, 2020
I didn't see Jack's deleted comment.. but what's wrong with kujxn's? He just said he'd downvote a comment someone else left. Basically: "I disagree with this"
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2020
I made a comment on another quiz where someone said Trump will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents ever and I said I wish JetPunk also had a dislike button. It got deleted shortly afterwards. My comment here wasn't directed at kujxn, but rather at the JetPunk moderators.
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2020
Probably the parent comment got deleted. Sometimes we delete threads that get heated or obnoxious. Also there's a difference between saying "Trump is an idiot" and "You are an idiot for voting for Trump". Don't say the second one on JetPunk. It's not polite.
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2020
Although its possible we will simply add a Trump filter to our moderation tool and more aggressively scrub references to him that always seem to derail civil conversation.
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Level 82
Jun 13, 2020
Nope. Parent comment is still there. It was specifically mine that got deleted. Still not seeing a difference between my comment and kujxn's.

Also, I personally don't give a rat's behind if it's impolite to call someone an idiot for voting for Trump. But I haven't done that here on JetPunk and I try my best to make sure I don't, as difficult as it may be.

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Level ∞
Jun 13, 2020
That's good news! Be polite and I'm sure there won't be any problem with your comments being deleted. You can always be impolite on Facebook or Twitter. I hear that toxicity is very welcome there :)
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Level 69
Nov 25, 2017
The question really is "why should not believing in any religion be punished by a state?".......The answer is that any 'State' that does punish 'apostasy' must be afraid that if their citizens were allowed to choose whether to believe the given religion or believe in any other religion, that may lead to lessening of the power of the state to control the people. Losing full control of the citizenship leads to democracy and democracy is the enemy of dictatorship, whether by religion or any other means.
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Level 53
Jan 25, 2018
Exactly. The real source of problems in the world.
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Level 78
Jan 25, 2018
I think at first many of them believe that forcing the people to follow their religious principles will keep them from being tempted to go against those principles. For instance, if they don't allow people to watch Hollywood movies then they think the people won't become dissatisfied with their own lives and be tempted to do the things they see in those movies - drink alcohol, take drugs, have sex outside of marriage, etc. And then that turns into just what Malbaby said, they realize how much power they have, and they come to care more about controlling the people and keeping their power than really helping their people. As Lord Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
This is a bit ignorant. As if all the horrors of religion are just invented by the State as a means of control to be inflicted upon the liberal secular good-hearted people who live in that state. I know that's a popular meme but it's simply not so. Often it's all the state can do in places like Pakistan and Bangladesh to STOP the common man from forming violent vigilante mobs to torture and murder accused apostates and blasphemers themselves. In places like Mubarak's Egypt, the Shah's Iran, Hussein's Iraq etc, largely secular and progressive (relatively) despots were just barely able to keep a lid on the religious lunacy threatening to boil over in their own countries. Confused people looking in to Saudi Arabia believe that the royal family there are theocrats who impose their brand of fundamentalist Islam on the people when little could be further from the truth- the AlSauds just understand what I typed above and try to appear pious to placate the real nuts- the common people.
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2017
Vatican City should really be on here.
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2018
No, because the punishments listed here are specifically imprisonment and execution. The Catholic Church doesn't punish heretics like it's the Middle Ages anymore.
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Level 53
Feb 6, 2018
After Quizmaster changed it.
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Level 44
Jan 25, 2018
If you think paying a fine and needing to move 1 km away is equivalent to a kangaroo court where your hand might be cut off then yes you make perfect sense.
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Level 53
Jan 25, 2018
If you can face legal problems in the Vatican for apostasy, then it qualifies just as well as any other country. Doesn't matter if you are beheaded or not. That said, I don't know too much about their legal system, so if it doesn't make the list, then so be it. WT2008 had a legitimate comment.
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2018
If you get in trouble at the Vatican, you can walk 1 block down the street and you're home free. Out of their jurisdiction.
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Level 53
Jan 25, 2018
Nice.
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2018
I changed the description for the sticklers, even though common sense would dictate that having to surrender one's Vatican citizenship isn't really a "punishment".
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2018
No, it really isn't even close to the same thing! The Catholic Church, thankfully, isn't stuck in the Middle Ages, unlike some religions.
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Level 53
Feb 20, 2018
Dude, I don't think you understood a single thing I said.
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Level 49
Jan 25, 2018
Should be renamed to "How many muslim countries can you name" lmao
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2018
Lots of Muslim majority countries are not on this list.
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2018
true but it's still a very sound strategy for getting 100%
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2018
True, but this list also ONLY includes Muslim nations. Sad but true.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
Except most muslims are against apostasy in general.
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Level 64
Jan 25, 2018
Interesting quiz (even more interesting comment section), managed to get them all with 1 second to spare (one day I will remember that there are islands on this planet :P )
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Level 58
Jan 25, 2018
A fine list to determine a basis for countries I would not want to reside in, or want to visit (with the exception of some historically fascinating places, just not under current administrations/rule).
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Level 70
Oct 29, 2019
Absolutely. What a gross violation of human rights! The governments of all of these nations should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
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Level 63
Jan 25, 2018
Is this a quiz site??
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Level 56
Jan 26, 2018
nah
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Level 17
Jan 25, 2018
Pakistan has no apostacy laws? I don't believe it.
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Level 79
Aug 13, 2018
Pakistan does not outlaw apostasy per se, however, they have very draconian laws about "blasphemy" and you could be locked up a long time (if you weren't murdered by vigilantes) simply for hurting someone's feelings or "defiling" the name of Muhammad or the Quran. Since apostates probably don't believe in the prophethood of Muhammad or the veracity of the Quran (for why else would they be apostates?)- if they do anything so much as admit to their own beliefs they could conceivably be charged with blasphemy.
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2018
And what religion do all of these states practice? Hmm ...
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
The religion of peace :)
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Level 38
Jan 25, 2018
"Religion is the Opiate of the Masses": Karl Marx. Here we are fiddling on about religions while the whole damn world burns!
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Level 55
Jan 25, 2018
We might not recognise it as a religion as such, but isn't NOT having blind faith, and renouncing your indoctrination to the North Korean regime also punishable by law? Shouldn't this country be on the list?
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Level 60
Jan 25, 2018
I'm surprised North Korea isn't on this list. Don't they imprison you if you don't worship the Kims like a god?
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Level 62
Jan 26, 2018
"Apostasy can be defined as "changing one's mind" by renouncing previous religious beliefs. In which countries can this be punished by imprisonment or death?" North Korea is an atheist state. You're confusing a cult of personality with religion.
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Level 79
Jan 28, 2018
Same thing, really. Hitchens, who actually visited North Korea, said it was the most religious state it's possible to imagine.
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Level 62
Jan 26, 2018
Hmmmmmm...I wonder if this is unique to one religion...
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Level 79
Jan 31, 2018
Currently, yes. Christian countries used to execute people for apostasy and blasphemy in the Dark Ages but I can't find any information about when the last criminal prosecution for this took place. I'm guessing sometime around the Renaissance.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
Islamic countries are still stuck in the middle ages....
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
The current year on the Hijra calendar is 1441, to be more precise. So they're almost out of the Middle Ages.
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Level 59
Jun 30, 2018
@kalbahamut, you would be wrong. In Britain John William Gott was sent to prison in 1922 for blasphemy after comparing Jesus to a clown. This was the last time anyone went to prison in Britain for blasphemy. More recently in 1977 a private prosecution was brought against Gay News for publishing a poem deemed blasphemous. They were fined and the editor was sentenced to nine months in prison but never actually served the time. Blasphemy ceased to be an offence in Britain in 2008.
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Level 79
Aug 13, 2018
I stand corrected. Thanks. Something else to bring up the next time some snooty Brit condescends about the barbarity of the American legal system...
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Level 59
Sep 2, 2018
Yes, although at least in 1922 the American legal system was doing things that were considerably worse. The 1977 case was more complicated than just blasphemy, also incorporating issues related to homosexuality and obscenity. Legalisation of homosexuality in some US States was shockingly late.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
The U.S. began decriminalizing "sodomy" in the 1960s. Some laws remain on the books in some places but are not possible to enforce at this point.
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Level 78
May 22, 2020
Brits didn't seem to consider John Lennon's remark about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus blasphemous, while I remember all sorts of protests and picketing here in the US, and many radio stations banned their records and there were public burnings of their albums. The uproar here was one reason the Beatles never toured again. Even though Lennon later apologized several times and said he hadn't been comparing himself to Christ, born-again Christian Mark David Chapman said the remark was a big reason why he murdered Lennon. Every religion has their nutters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus
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Level 53
Mar 30, 2019
The Muslim nations where this is illegal make it very clear-cut. But in countries like America, they disguise this (not very thinly) in various ways with a patchwork of laws against various beliefs. Many of this are still slowly being removed from the books, like laws promoting (mostly specifically Christian) beliefs. It's a constant fight against religious control.
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Level 59
Mar 31, 2019
The US has some laws which constitute establishment of religion, even though this is forbidden by their constitution. They do not even come close to punishing people for apostasy.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
Why is it so bad that Western nations promote their religion if it doesnt harm anybody? Why do you defend muslim nations but condemn christian?
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Level 59
Jun 5, 2019
Pretty damn sad that this kind of stuff is something people punish each other for. I'll keep the rest of my reasoning about religion to myself...for the sake of this discussion.
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2019
A lot of rock solid United States allies here.
A lot of counties vilified as intolerant by the United States here.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
Criticism is not the same thing as vilification, and being allies with the United States doesn't necessarily shield you from receiving criticism from them. The Obama administration, for example, simultaneously sought cooperation with Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism and ISIS, and publicly criticized their treatment of women and religious minorities. The two things don't have to be mutually exclusive. The Trump administration has taken a different tack, kowtowing to anything that the Saudis want and refusing to criticize them, even while they murder journalists working for American newspapers, and even when the administration has to break American laws and bypass Congress to support the Saudi's war crimes in Yemen, and then fire Inspectors General investigating them for this. A different tack, for sure, but one that we haven't really seen before. Reagan during Iran/Contra was only half as hypocritical and not nearly so bold or blatantly criminal.
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Level 55
May 22, 2020
You know, I sometimes almost get the feeling that their criticism is less than entirely sincere.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
why?
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2020
Do you mean by Syria, Islamic State Under? Under Assad, they have one of the largest Christian minorities in the Near East...
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Level ∞
May 3, 2020
Read the quiz description. It's not illegal to be Christian in most of these places. It is illegal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity.
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Level 49
May 22, 2020
Unironically the fact USA tried to oust Assad was catastrophic fo the middle east
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Level 46
Apr 11, 2020
Finished with 1 second left.
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
Where is Iraq and Libya?
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Level 58
May 22, 2020
In the Middle East.
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
I mean on this quiz my dude. And Libya isn't TECHNICALLY in the Middle East
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Level 65
May 22, 2020
Malaysia ranks as the 43rd most democratic country in the world (also the highest ranking Muslim majority country), that's higher than Mongolia and Singapore, while this (punishment for apostasy) still happening.
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Level 70
May 22, 2020
I mean, Singapore is infamous for being a dictatorship, and I've never heard anybody praising Mongolia as a paragon of democracy before either.
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Level 65
May 22, 2020
Then how about EU countries of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania?
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Level 73
May 23, 2020
As a Malaysian myself, Malaysia is far from being a democracy like those in the West. Islamic fundamentalism has become more common these past years. So, of course, apostasy is punished. It has always been a punishable crime here to leave Islam.
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Level 18
May 22, 2020
Hi quizmaster, You don't know the history of Muslims. Remember that when the streets of Paris and London were full of mud. At that time Muslims were researching on science. See this link for more details they are the Muslims who tells us the basic rules of algebra and science you Know that the first aid was made by the Muslims the Christians learnt the rules of civilizations from Muslims but unfortunately the wars between the Muslims caught the power https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_in_medieval_Islamic_world See dirlis artughrul to see the Muslims
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Level ∞
May 22, 2020
Glad you got yourself to level 15 to make that comment. Of course I know about the Islamic Golden Age which has nothing to do with this quiz. In any case, this quiz is not "negative" towards Islam. In fact, many people are quite happy that apostasy is punished and would be proud that their countries appear on this list.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
Westernized Muslim apologists who have internalized liberal Western values wouldn't be, though, and they will try to find some way to minimize or distort the truth. It's funny reading pamphlets about Islam put out by American Muslims, for example, and Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Read a pamphlet from CAIR on women in Islam and it will tell you that the idea that beating your wife is encouraged in Islam is in fact a horrible misconception, and that Islam is in fact strongly feminist and preaches full equality. But when I got a similar pamphlet in Riyadh, it told me that the misconception in the West was that beating your wife was a bad thing, and that Muslim men only did this because women were like children who needed their bad behavior corrected; certainly these beatings were not abusive, but done in love. These latter pamphlets were written in English, for an expat audience, but the authors had no idea how it would sound to a Westerner.
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Level 51
May 22, 2020
And they call it the religion of peace.
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Level 58
May 22, 2020
Bruh. Do you even know what Islam is? Have you ever read the Quran with understanding? Have you ever read the life of Muhammad (PBUH)? I think its kind of premature and, mind you, a bit foolish and lazy of you to pass a comment without first analyzing all the evidence. If I were to be like you, I would say, "Look, Hindu mobs are murdering Muslims in India. Hinduism is a violent religion." You cannot judge a religion by one face. It has infinite faces and you should search for the one that is the truest and purest form, i.e the original interpretations.
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Level 64
May 23, 2020
There is a difference between a few mobs acting wrongly and a whole sector of the globe where *the governments* sanction punishment (murder, in many cases) for apostasy. I don't think the analogy you're trying to draw holds up. And even if what you say about Islam is true (I've read a lot of sources, and there are a great many conflicts regarding what exactly the religion says), the fact is that the Middle East is the center of Islam, and it is not a good ambassador. It's not like a few rogue Muslims acted badly and changed everyone's view. These are entire countries where women are second-class and people can be killed for their faith. Every country on this list is majority Muslim. That's a bad look.
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
You forgot UAE. It's also mentioned clearly in your source.
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Level 56
May 22, 2020
There is a common theme running through all of these countries, something which they all have in common. I can't think what it might be, but I know it's there.
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Level 72
May 22, 2020
High reliance on fossile resources and high vulnerability of agricultural production, which leads to concentration of wealth in a few hands and a often impoverished underclass. This forms out authoritarian models of government, which either use religion as a form of regulation (by surpressing people of other religions) or get challenged by radical anti-status quo groups (like ISIS, Al-shabaab, etc.).
Revelation based thought-models are inherently vulnerable to this, because they contain the promise of unquestionable truth, which is conflated with ethical purity. How ever, those instrumentations are mostly activated in times of high cultural stress, like scarcity of ressources i.e.. Thats why many christian countries do not have laws like that.

I don't think it is a secret, that many people in rich, non-muslim nations would make the same laws, if they could. Look at Uganda, bathroom laws in the US or burqa bans throughout Europe.
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Level 48
May 22, 2020
I just kept trying the most over the top religious countries I could think of. I'm still a little surprised USA isn't there. I'd say they do it by stealth, but without the stealthlyness.
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Level 56
May 22, 2020
Suggestion for changing the title of the quiz: "Just Keep Guessing Islamic Countries"
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
Interesting how you can convert from any other religion to Islam in these countries, but cannot convert from Islam to any other religion...
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Level 77
May 22, 2020
Yet also, not remotely strange at all
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Level 52
May 22, 2020
You can call this quiz: Majority muslim countries with exceptions.
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Level 44
May 22, 2020
tru, I was surprised Pakistan was not on here but yeah
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Level 44
May 22, 2020
Why am I not surprised by this list
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Level 61
May 22, 2020
I'm quite surprised to see Morocco. I thought they were one of the more liberal Muslim majority countries.
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
low bar to clear
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Level 64
May 22, 2020
Jordan is a comparatively liberal Muslim country too. It has freedom of religion inscribed in its constitution...but it also has a constitutional provision stating that Sharia law is supreme, so you can *be* any religion if you're born into a different faith, but you cannot *convert* from Islam. The wrinkle is that religion is deemed a "family matter," and family matters are the province of the Sharia courts. So you convert from Islam, your Muslim parents drag you before the Sharia court, and they (because of the constitutional provision) can do whatever they want to you. It's some real BS. The government also identifies your religion at birth, and if you're born into a faith (like Baha'i) that they don't recognize, they just label you a Muslim...which means you're an apostate if you grow up practicing the faith into which you were born. So it's all dumb and backwards and "liberal" by the standards of these countries, is indeed a low bar, as kal said.
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Level 88
May 22, 2020
It should be a crime to change your mind about anything. I've seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Sir Galahad is tossed into the Gorge of Eternal Peril because he changed his mind about his favorite color. If you can be put to death for changing your mind about your favorite color, you should certainly be put to death for changing your mind on more serious matters.
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
So by that definition, Muhammad Ali, George Harrison, Madonna, and all the other tens of thousands who convert every year should be prosecuted? No. It is your religion, and you should be free to convert whenever you feel like provided it doesn't harm anyone else.
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Level 42
May 22, 2020
The comment above was almost 100% joking since he referenced Monty Python, who have faced an enormous amount of flak from the religious authorities in Britain and Galahad being thrown into the Gorge is just a part of the comedy of the film.
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Level 48
May 22, 2020
I'm literally on the verge of leaving Islam at this point, and then this quiz pops up. Is God trying to tell me something? I wonder...
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Level 73
May 23, 2020
The strategy of completing this quiz is to name every Muslim-majority country you can think of.
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Level 35
May 24, 2020
Surprised that the only north African country on the list is Morocco, which I thought was one of the more easy-going ones. Just shows how much I know.
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Level 47
May 26, 2020
Not if you watch 90 days and see the couples with someone from Morocco.
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Level 56
May 24, 2020
I think the Vatican is a top contender on this list
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Level 79
May 25, 2020
You'd be wrong. Something funny I encountered living in the Muslim world: I'd be arguing with someone about how I thought it was wrong that blasphemy and apostasy were punishable by death, that you couldn't open a church in Saudi Arabia, and that non-Muslims were forbidden from setting foot in Mecca.
They would respond defensively with some kind of whataboutism, often saying something like: "but, if a Muslim went to the Vatican, what would they do!? They would kill him!"

To which I'd have to respond with laughter: "uhhh... no. They absolutely would not. The Muslim would be permitted to have a look around and leave without being molested, just like everyone else who goes there."

They just assumed everyone else in the world had the same mindset, when nothing could be further from the truth. But so different are these worlds that this fact hasn't even occurred to some of them.
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Level 47
May 26, 2020
Yikes. That's scary.
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2020
For the same reason, many Japanese people expected terrible things to happen to them when they surrendered in WWII. Japan was so brutal to the people they conquered that they thought other conquerors must be the same. Of course, they weren't, and within a couple decades Japan was a prosperous and thriving democracy.

This is an example of the Typical Mind Fallacy, where people assume that other people think the same way they do.

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Level 55
May 29, 2020
Oh Comoros