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CHURCHES WORLDWIDE LEND SUPPORT TO CATHOLICS OVER ‘ALLAH’ ROW IN MALAYSIA


More churches worldwide are lending their support to Christian leaders in Malaysia as the court date to hear the Catholic church's appeal against the ban on the use of the word Allah draws nearer.

The latest to join the chorus of criticism is the World Methodist Council (WMC) which expressed shock and consternation over the Court of Appeal ruling in October which bar the Catholic weekly, Herald, from using the Arabic word.

In a letter addressed to the Christian Federation of Malaysia, sighted by The Malaysian Insider, WMC general secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams(photo) wrote that the decision was a "rather troubling" attempt by the courts in Malaysia to allow one religion to take ownership over a universal terminology.

"The verdict has the possibility to create unnecessary division between Christians and Muslims in Malaysia," said Abrahams who wrote from the WMC headquarters in North Carolina in the United States.

The WMC represents more than 80 million believers in 130 countries.

Source: Yahoo News
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