Ignorance breeds arrogance

UMNO, for its own survival, has indoctrinated a small band of immature people to think that UMNO has the authority to claim that the name of “Allah” who is the God for all human being’s, is a private property of UMNO. So the issue is no longer a theological matter but has been converted into a political matter.

Bosco Philip Anthony

A little more than a week has passed since some of the Christians churches were burnt or vandalized. The politicians have had their say. On the other hand the biosphere and the print media from around the world are abound with expressions of dismay at the way the government leaders have argued that the making of the word Allah to be synonymous with the word God may “confuse Muslims and ultimately mislead them into converting to Christianity.”

The question that has to be asked is: Are the Muslim leaders of the government themselves recognizing the fact that the Muslims themselves do not have self confidence in their faith in Islam? Or do the government leaders treat the one and only God of human beings as a tribal deity? Or are the government leaders pronouncing to the world that they have a “copyright” for the word “Allah” as stated by Marina Mahathir?

We have lived in this country where we see that the police force does not tolerate even passive resistance such as the wearing of “Black” shirts or having peaceful demonstrations such as “candle light” vigils and to proclaim that democracy is dead.

So how did the police authorities allow the protesters after Friday prayers to demonstrate at the mosques in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam where they openly carried banners which state “Allah is only for us.” There is even a video that is on You-tube where a protester has shouted the words “bakar gerega” and is this not an offence.

In actual fact on the night after the demonstrations the churches were firebombed or vandalized. Why has that individual not been arrested and charges in court?