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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mohamed Apandi Ali
A Malaysian court's ruling that a Catholic newspaper cannot publish the word "Allah" was more about politics than religion, according to several news accounts of the controversial decision.
A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, because it may cause "confusion" in the mainly Muslim country.
"The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity," chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the ruling, The Jerusalem Post reported. "The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community."