Saturday, January 9, 2010
Christian churches firebombed by Muslims in Malaysia
Attackers firebombed another church in Malaysia, the latest violence amid widespread Muslim rage over the Christian use of the word Allah as a term for God. It follows the firebombings of three other churches. The acts stirred unease in the diverse society - which is 60% Muslim, 19% Buddhist, 9% Christian and 6% Hindu. The violence comes as Muslims protest a recent court ruling that allowed a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" for God. Muslims believe Allah, an Arabic word, should only be used by Muslims. The ruling was stayed after the government appealed the decision, according to Bernama, the Malaysian National News Agency.