Separation of Church and State (More Islamophobia!)

“…Malaysia’s appeal court ruled Monday [10/14/13 – JD] that a Roman Catholic publication can’t use the term ‘Allah’ to refer to the Christian God, despite its widespread use among Malay-speaking Christians.


The dispute date back to 2007. After Syed Hamid Albar, then the home minister, prohibited the church’s Herald newspaper from using the word “Allah”- arguing it should be solely for Muslims….”

From Gangopadhyay and Fernandez in WSJ 10/15/13, p. A13.

Technical note: “Allah” is a foreign word to all Malaysians. It’s an Arabic word. All Malaysians’ native tongues are unrelated to Arabic.

Yes, there may be more there than meets the eye. So? Try imagining a US court – state or federal- or a French court ruling that Calvinists may not legally use a given foreign word, that the particular word is reserved for the use of Roman Catholics!

Not that the court ruling in Malaysia is that unfamiliar. They used to do stuff like that in Europe. It was some time ago, a long, long time ago, actually.

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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6 Responses to Separation of Church and State (More Islamophobia!)

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “More Islamophobia!”
    We expect nothing less. Aren’t you due to dabble in race-baiting for a thread or two? Just a little rant about the affirmative action president that refuses to post his college grades? After all his birth certificate looks supiciously like your daughter’s as I recall. He’s got a Muslim name, so there is a perfect segue.

  2. No comment on the substance of the posting at all so far. Silence often makes my case for me.

  3. Terry Amburgey says:

    There was substance in your post? Please elaborate on this alleged content.

    • Prof. Terry: Your comment makes no sense.

      Here are examples of possible substantive comments on the substance of the brief posting in question:

      “It’s too bad Malaysia does not separate better religion and state.”

      “Separation of religion (“church” ) and state is overrated anyway.”

      “The non-separation of religion from state in Malaysia has nothing to do with Islam.”

      etc.

  4. --Rick says:

    The sooner religion gives way to reality and science, the better off everyone will be. Dancing half-naked in the light of the Harvest Moon never led to the exploration of space, the ability to take natural resources from the ground for energy, food, or to make items of comfort. Man was born with a brain and while we have yet developed the ability to explain everything in nature, we have learned that dancing around a totem in the rain can be hazardous to one’s physical health if one ignores the boom of thunder too long.

  5. Terry Amburgey says:

    Ah, the faux outrage about censorship. Here’s a fill-in-the-blank question; In what country did this occur?
    “The simultaneous broadcasting of the traditional Protestant and Catholic Lent Sermons (operating since 1946) has been interrupted. Earlier the broadcasting of the Russian Orthodox Christmas night liturgy was similarly stopped on 6/7 January.”

    @Rick
    I think an occaisional 1/2 naked dance around the totem might be fun.

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