With the Religion of "Peace" it's just a never ending saga of absurdity. The Malaysian government has decided that Christians (and other infidels) cannot use the word 'Allah.'
Apparently a Catholic publication in Malaysia had the audacity to actually print the word in their newsletter and thus the word is now banned for Christians to use.
No word as to what the punishment is for a lowly Christian using that word of 'Allah', but I'll leave that to your imagination.
Christians banned from saying 'Allah'A Malaysian newspaper is reporting that Christians in that Muslim nation are being banned from using the word "Allah."
"We cannot let other religions use it because it will confuse people," Malaysia's Deputy Internal Security Minister, Johari Baharum, told the DNAIndia publication.
He said "only Muslims can use the word 'Allah.'"
The issue erupted when a Catholic publication used the now-banned-for-Christians word.
Herald, the Catholic Church's weekly newsletter, used the word and was warned it is at risk now of losing its publication permit.It is not right, Baharum said, for such a publication to use the protected word. "We cannot allow this … in non-Muslim publications," he said.
An estimated 10 percent of Malaysia's estimated population of 26 million is Christian, and a part of that segment is Catholic. Lawrence Andrew is editor of the Herald, and said "Allah" was not used to offend or confuse anyone.
He said the Malay-language Bible uses the word "Allah" for God, and uses "Tuham" for Lord."
It is not the first problem Christians have had in Malaysia, even though the nation's constitution calls for religious freedom.
The Wall Street Journal has summarized the plight of a Malaysian woman who converted to Christianity, but lost a court case seeking to have "Islam" removed as her religion on her identity card.