Khamis, 26 Februari 2009
Herald editor says ban on ‘Allah’ lifted with conditions - AP
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — A church official says the government has lifted a ban on the use of the word "Allah" by Christian publications.
Rev. Lawrence Andrew, the editor of the Catholic Church's Herald newspaper, said today the Home Ministry is allowing the publications use "Allah" to refer to God as long as they state that the material is only meant for Christians.
The controversy first broke out in late 2007 when the government banned the use of “Allah” in Christian Malay-language texts because it allegedly might confuse Muslims.
The Herald has challenged the ban in court and argued the Arabic word is a common reference for God that predates Islam and has been used for centuries as a translation in Malay.
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