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The interethnic chaos Malaysia has long feared moved closer to reality this month when 10 churches were at-tacked around the country. The attacks followed a civil-court ruling on New Year's Eve declaring that a law prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" to describe their God was unconstitutional. Strangely, though, Christians have been using "Allah" for "God" in East Malaysia since the 1920s without much controversy.
The answer is that beneath Malaysia's outward glow of progressive moderation, racial and religious consciousness has risen steadily among Muslim Malays, who make up 60 percent of the population. That creeping conservatism has been fanned by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), seeking to revive support that is slipping amid rampant corruption and other forms of misrule. Rather than trying to quell misgivings among Malays who felt that the use of "Allah" to describe the Christian God would sow confusion, the government appealed the decision, saying that Muslim sensitivities must be respected to protect the fragile ethnic balance. Then UMNO leaders, including Prime Minister Najib Razak, said the government could not stop planned protests against the ruling, though he has often opposed the exercise of free speech in the past. Critics charge the government with institutionalizing racism and emboldening Muslim hardliners. Whatever the case, the church attacks are the clearest sign yet that Malaysia's racial-religious compact is unraveling.
Originally posted by Styki
Yeah, there is all sorts of craziness out there.
Often time Muslims will focus on the "One God aspect" which is meant to contradict the Christians trinity. The Jewish are not exactly fond of the Christians, and the Christians believe that 144,000 Jews will convert to Christianity in the end times.
Originally posted by CookieMonster09
Here's what I don't understand. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all monotheistic religions - meaning they all believe in one Divine Creator.
Whether you call him Hashem ("the Name") as the Jews do, the LORD or God as Christians do, or Allah as the Muslims do, it's all the same song and dance.
I don't get it. Anyone want to explain this lunacy to me? It's the same thing, peoples.