Malaysian court rules your god may be called “Allah”
Flying Spaghetti Allah
A court in Malaysia has ruled that Christians have a constitutional right to use the word Allah when referring to God.
The High Court said a government ban on non-Muslims using the word was unconstitutional.
The court was ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, in 2007. The authorities had insisted that Allah was an Islamic word which could only be used by Muslims.
The BBC’s Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur said some Muslim groups suspect the Catholic Church is seeking to encourage Muslims to convert to Christianity – a move which is illegal in Malaysia…
The Herald filed for a judicial review after it was temporarily ordered to stop publishing in 2007 for referring to “Allah”.
The publication said it had been been using the word for decades, and had a constitutional right to do so.
Just one more jive problem with religion in politics.
Issues of semantics are usually dumb enough on their own. Listen to the average teabagger falling out of their army shoes over “socialist” this-or-that, or Dick Cheney blustering about this week’s favorite “war” on whoever he hates or fears or both – and you know you’re wasting time trying to negotiate common sense from the body politic.
Add politics to the scrum – and you discover yourself knee-deep in ancient effluent.