I am sad because the Pope's first Ambassador to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, is reported to have embroiled himself in the "Allah" controversy.
I thank the Minister for reminding the newcomer that his remark could cause disunity among Malaysians.
He said such a statement should not be made by any quarters to respect the sensitivity of Muslims in the country.
Bravo Khir, but be mindful of the fact that many in Umno - his party - and the government are very fond and respectful of the Vetican.
I had posted a comment in Rocky's Bru Blog (read here). I said:
" 1. Our leaders, past and present, took pride in being seen with the Pope.
2. Now they got what he wished for - the Pope had sent an Ambassador to Malaysia.
3. Now the big task - who is to teach whom and who is to listen to whom?
4. Do we teach the Pope's Ambassador about our time tested multi-religious and multicultural background or we allow him to dictate terms to us.
5. Can our Muslim PM and his Muslim religious affairs minister defend Islam and the Muslims against the edict of Vatican? Their silence is deafening.
6. I think best that we don't fool around with the sensitivity of the Muslims who form the majority of the people of Malaysia.
7. A Muslim sinner, who had just came out of a Jalan Alor house of assignation, would die for his religion if insulted.
8. So let us not fool around with religious sensitivity for the sake of being macho.
9. Has Christianity suffered without using the term "Allah?" (I attended a Roman Catholic Mission School for 8 years).
10. In the Peninsula, leave Allah to the Muslim, PLEASE!
I AM not gay. I am a very straight fellow. If ever I am gay, that’s because I am happy.
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