‘Allah’ for Muslims only, rules Malaysian Federal Court

June 23, 2014 1:00 PM

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‘Allah’ for Muslims only, rules Malaysian Federal Court

Malaysia’s top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using “Allah” to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the law failed to consider the rights of minorities in the largely Muslim nation.

Although the Malaysian constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the 4-3 decision by the Federal Court is expected to reinforce complaints from Christians, Buddhist and Hindu minorities that non-Muslims do not always get fair treatment from the government and courts accusations the government den...

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