» 01/03/2014, 00.00
Some 300 Bibles seized over 'Allah' controversy, a move Malaysian priest calls "unlawful and unconstitutional"
In the State of Selangor, the authorities raid a Christian centre and seize hundreds of copies of the sacred text. Fr Lawrence Andrew calls the action "wrong" and contrary to the nation's values. Sources tell AsiaNews that Catholics are being pressured to drop the case and that religious freedom is being progressively restricted.
Malaysia: Christians can not use "Allah" to define God
Prominent Muslim religious figure intimates that the use of the word "Allah" for God has to stop because it can arouse the wrath of the Islamic community. The attack comes only days after Pope Benedict XVI received the Malaysian Premier to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
Malaysian government releases 35 thousand Bibles to halt controversy over term "Allah"
Kuala Lumpur cedes to pressure and protests, and allows the Bibles imported from Indonesia to enter the country. The books will overwrite the "only for Christians." Fears of conversions from Islam.
For Sepang Muslim MP, Catholic rights violated in Allah controversy
Mohamed Hanipa Maidin demands justice for ‘The Herald’ and Malaysia’s Christian community, which has been under attack for some time. The decision to turn down a request for leave to appeal is against the Constitution because the case touches the public interest and raises an important constitutional question. Wondering about the “actual meaning of religious freedom" in Malaysia, he reiterated that Catholics did not violate any rule or principle.
Kuala Lumpur Archbishop stands by Fr. Lawrence in religious freedom battle over “Allah” controversy
Archbishop Murphy Pakiam "saddened and disappointed" by the attacks on the editor of the Herald Malaysia. The burning of images that portray the priest equivalent to "an attack against entire Christian community”. Criticism of political class’ silence and failure to protect the rights of all and an invitation to the Christian community to "be strong."
Distribution of Catholic weekly in Sabah stopped to see if it used banned word 'Allah'
Held up at Kota Kinabalu Airport, the Herald's 2,000 copies are eventually released after the intervention of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and a Catholic politician. In doing this, the Home Ministry prevented the weekly from being distributed for Sunday Mass. Activists criticise the decision as a violation of religious freedom.
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