Al-Qaradawi rules on "intellectual apostasy"

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Qatar, in:
Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Websites and Institutions: 
Islam Online

Intellectual apostasy is the kind of apostasy whose owners do not swagger as much as those who declare their explicit disbelief and openly wage war against everything that is religious. Actually intellectual apostates are far smarter than that. They wrap their apostasy in various coverings, sneaking in a very cunning manner into the mind the way that malignant tumors sneak into the body. These people are not noticed when they invade or begin to disseminate their falsehood, but they are mostly felt when they affect the minds. They do not use guns in their attacks, however, their attacks are fierce and cunning. Erudite scholars and well versed jurists well apprehend this type of apostates, but they can not take an action in face of such professional criminals who have firmly established themselves and have not left a chance for law to be enforced on them. They are the hypocrites whose abode will be in the lowest level of the Hell-Fire.

The traces of intellectual apostasy are noticed everyday in circulated newspapers and books, in Radio and TV programs and in laws legislated to govern people