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MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Authorities again stop Catholics from using the word Allah
The controversy has raged for some years. Today, the Court of Appeal accepted to hear an appeal on 10 September from the Home Ministry against a lower court's decision in Christians' favour. For the court, "It is still a live issue". Fearing fresh violence, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur calls on the authorities to "take the necessary measures."
Malaysia , Christians banned from using "Allah ". Catholics announce appeal
This morning the appeals court ruled that the word be “exclusively" used by Muslims . The director of "Malaysia Herald", Fr. Lawrence, expresses " disappointment and shock " and announces appeal to the Federal Court to seek redress. Minister of the State of Sarawak (Borneo ) states : Here Christians can continue to use the word Allah.
11/09/2013 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysia , the courts of appeal refer verdict on the use of the word "Allah" to October
Appeal hearing opened yesterday , with assistance from the lawyers of the Interior Ministry and the lawyer of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. For the government it is a "religious" matter, for Catholics defense of a " constitutional right " . The prime minister could "politicize " the story to garner electoral support . Director of the Catholic Herald : " Optimistic " .
The 'Allah' affair: Police interrogates Fr Lawrence, turns evidence over to prosecutor
The Public Prosecutor gets transcript from the priest's police interrogation. As the editor of the Herald, the latter is under investigation for "sedition". He plans to avoid making any statement that might further fuel the controversy. However, the matter has already crossed national boundaries as a US-based imam appeals to the Malaysian government; for him, banning the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians is a "tragic mistake."
Malaysia: Four Christian churches attacked over controversy on the use of "Allah"
Three Protestant places of worship, and one Catholic in the sights of Islamic fundamentalists. The offices of Metro Tabernacle Church damaged. Cars owned by Catholics vandalised. The director of the Catholic weekly Herald confirms "pressure" on government and judiciary to "cancel the Supreme Court ruling."
Taoist statue deemed “offensive” to Islam raises new controversy over religious freedom
After local authorities approved Mazu statue two years ago, state government halts construction of the goddess of the sea. In July state mufti declared the statue was “offensive” because too close to a mosque. Political opposition and Chinese community protest. The incident is the latest in a string of cases that threaten inter-faith harmony.
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