I never heard of a word called “apostasy” until now. When I first read that word, I thought it is something similar to apostrophe. But in that article I was reading, apostasy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. I thought they are cruel.
While studying in school, I was taught apostrophe is a punctuation mark. How can they give such a big punishment to someone for using/not using/not properly using apostrophe. My English teacher, Arunachalam Iyer, was strict but not that strict.
I realized something was wrong in my thinking. So I googled that word.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary says apostasy is either renunciation of a religious faith OR abandonment of a previous loyalty (Defection).
I like the idea of some punishment for apostasy when it comes to abandonment of a previous loyalty (Defection).
What kind of punishment should be given for people who abandon their citizenship of a country and get citizenship of another country?
Punishment for people who abandon their political party affiliation? This is apostasy, right?
Punishment for people who abandon their loyalty to a particular cricket team? True apostasy.
People who change their homes after living there for a minimum of 10 years. Must be punished.
Same goes for jobs also. Change jobs after 10 years with the same company. It is pure apostasy. But if the company fires you, it is not apostasy.
I am not even going to talk about people changing their spouses after a long married life.
What if someone marries/keeps more than one spouse (without divorcing the first spouse)? In Tamil, they call it "Chinna Veedu" (the small house). Is it apostasy? We need some big name lawyers mentioned in Renu’s post.
What do you think?
PS: This is a tongue-in-cheek attempted humor post. Not for any serious discussion.