Malaysia: Churches Fire-Bombed After Court Ruling on Use of the Word "Allah"

[Excerpt] Three churches have been attacked in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, ahead of protests by Muslim groups. The administrative offices of one church were destroyed by a firebomb attack and one of the other two churches attacked was slightly damaged. Some Muslim groups are angry at a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah to refer to God. The government of the mainly Muslim nation has condemned the attacks on the churches and vowed to take action...[See URL for full text.]

The controversy stems from a ban on a Catholic newspaper, The Herald, using the word Allah in its Malay-language edition. The Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down the three-year old ban on non-Muslims using of the word Allah. Some major Muslim organisations, including the Islamic political party, PAS, have agreed with the court, saying other Abrahamic religions - Christianity and Judiasm - may use the word. But some vocal groups, including the Muslim Youth Movement, Abim, have cast the use of the word Allah as a surreptitious effort on the part of Christians to try to seduce Muslims away from Islam... [See URL for full text.]