Malaysian court tells Christians they can’t say ‘Allah’: Ruling upholds ban on Catholics using Arabic word for their own god

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A Muslim man wears a shirt that leaves his opinion in no doubt as he and fellow protesters await the verdictA Muslim man wears a shirt that leaves his opinion in no doubt as he and fellow protesters await the verdict

. Government insists ruling applies only to one Catholic newspaper
. Malaysian Catholics have long used ‘Allah’ to refer to the Christian god
. There are fears it is the latest step in a creeping Islamisation of Malaysia

24 June 2014

Malaysia’s highest court has upheld a ban on Catholics using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to their own god, ending a years-long legal battle.

The verdict came in what was seen as a test case for the country’s wider Christian congregation, but officials insist the verdict is confined to one Catholic newspaper.

Worshippers can still use ‘Allah’ to refer to God in church, the government said.

But the divisive case, in which the Catholic Church challenged a ban on its appropriation of the Arabic word, comes as minorities…

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