Friday, January 08, 2010

Muslims burn churches in Malaysia, BBC refers to it as a "row"

In yrt another display of religious tolerance for which they are famously known, Muslims in malysia are busy burning churches agfter being dismayed to learn that it is legal in malaysia for non Muslims to say the word Allah.

Yes really.

BBC: Malaysian churches fire-bombed as 'Allah' row escalates
Three churches have been attacked in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, ahead of protests by Muslim groups.

The administrative offices of one church were destroyed by a firebomb attack and one of the other two churches attacked was slightly damaged.

Some Muslim groups are angry at a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The government of the mainly Muslim nation has condemned the attacks on the churches and vowed to take action.

About 60% of Malaysians are Malay Muslims and the government relies on their vote.

There also significant Chinese and Indian minorities, who are mainly Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

The controversy stems from a ban on a Catholic newspaper, The Herald, using the word Allah in its Malay-language edition.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down the three-year old ban on non-Muslims using of the word Allah.

Note how the BBC refers to this a s a "row" for those of you who speak English rather than British a row is defined as
When you're having a row with someone, you're quarreling and arguing. It's common to use this term to describe sibling rivalries, husband and wife fights, and any situation where someone is involved in some sort of shouting match.

I first heard this on the radio driving in theis morning and beleive the BBC world service referred to it a s a "clash" or "dispute" between malaysian muslims and Christians.

Whether a row, clash or a dispute, it normally takes two sides to tango and the BBC's moral equivalence between the wrongdoers and their victims in this matter is unfortunate but bloody typical of the BBC.

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