Well, the Westerners were among the early conquerors and they were very powerful.
The British, Portuguese, Dutch and Americans expanded to Asia with a mission to extract and export natural resources back to their home base. No doubt, religion was also part and parcel of the "trading" and colonial days centuries ago.
Today, a simple search on Google showed many Christian groups writing about the use of Allah in Islam and Christianity.
These Christian groups have managed to control and push their ideas on this controversial topic much earlier than the Muslim groups.
Hardly many go to their churches, mosques or temples to ask questions and expect satisfactory replies since the answers will definitely and rigidly be "we are right, they are wrong".
When people need to get information or read on ideas, where do they go to ? The Internet. In other words, Muslims have lost the cause.
Recently, Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan lifted the ban on the use of Allah in Herald, a Catholic-Christian newspaper. This of course sparked controversies.
Well, I agree with the official stand of BN. Let the legal process take due course. Do not challenge the legislation regardless of what the judgement is, who the judge is or what the case is on.
The law must be respected and people must uphold the Constitution.
But let me make things clear. If Allah can be used as a reference to God in Herald, then Allah can be used as a reference to God in Catholic Churches.
The preachers of Christianity and those who serve God must acknowledge those who praise Allah as their sons of God as well, no ?
Then perhaps we can move around, including the compounds of Churches, saying or shouting "Allahuakbar", no ?
Muslims can actually go around teasing the Christians on the use of "Allah". Anyone can also walk in to Churches and legally chant Allahuakbar.
Christians must accept that "Hey, he is singing praises of our Lord." No ?
Won't that spark controversies or clashes between religious groups in a once peaceful and prosperous nation called Malaysia ?
But I doubt the Muslims in Malaysia will be that extreme as they seem to be taking a defensive strategy. They are only protesting and defending their rights to the use of "Allah" at the vicinity of the High Court and in newspapers.
Someone ought to send a delegation to the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City to clarify on such matters and seek a decree from the Council or the Pope preferably.
To recall, there was an article - Pope Benedict XVI prays to Allah. But the article is critical of the Pope. Hmm.
Thank you and Happy New Year 2010. January will be a month of lawsuits. Stay alert.
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