Worthy Christian News » Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (Worthy News)– Malaysia's Christian Federation and Bible Society are both appealing Selangor's administrative authorities to return more than 300 Bibles confiscated months ago in raids by the Islamic Department, according to International Christian Concern.

Passing the proverbial buck, the Selangor authorities advised both organizations to appeal the Attorney General for restitution from the Islamic Department, an independent branch of local Malaysian administration that actually led the raids that confiscated the Bibles.

During the raids, 321 bibles were seized and two Christian leaders were arrested and then released on bail.

The raids stemmed from a controversial ruling by an appeals court last October banning the Malaysian Catholic Herald from using the name "Allah". Following the ruling, officials at the Ministry of Interior seized 2,000 copies of the Herald at the airport in Kota Kinabalue in order to verify whether there was an unlawful use of the word "Allah" by the publication.

"Allah" has been used for centuries to denote deity in Malay language Bibles, but after the appeals court ruling, Malaysia is now the only Islamic majority state to ban the use of that name by non-Muslims.

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Make us your homepage

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Picks

  • Most Read This Month

  • Most Read Articles

  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned