24 August 2006, The New York Times Ms. Lina Joy converted from Islam to Christianity. Being born a Muslim, she renounced her Muslim faith, commenced proceedings in the civil courts and fought for her right to marry her Christian fiancé. Mr. Benjamin Dawson was the legal counsel for Ms. Joy. “She’s trying to live her life with someone she loves” said Mr. Dawson in an interview. He argued before the Courts in Malaysia that Ms. Joy’s conversion is a right protected under the Constitution. “Malaysia is at a crossroads. Do we go down the Islamic road, or do we maintain the secular character of the Federal Constitution that has been eroding in the last 10 years?” said Mr. Dawson in an interview.