10 churches attacked? This is a new low for Malaysia. I can't believe this is happening in my beloved country!
But it is somewhat inevitable. Inevitable as in memang disangka akan berlaku. With students racially marginalised since they were 7, there were/are very little contact between races and religions.
I didn't get offended by the Allah issue because I've been priviledged to be schooled in multi-racial schools. But for many other malays, they don't get to befriend people of different races. That is the root of our problem right now. We have very little in common. Very very little. That is why we can't seem to put our feet in their shoes.
When France banned the use of the hijjab, we got so mad that we boycotted french product for a while. Now Malaysia is banning the word Allah and other 'Islamic' words that have been used by Christian sects for centuries. Now they are boycotting our products. We are now the enemy.
During the Hijjab debacle in France, the french reacted poignantly. They debated on the issue reasonably without straining more tension. But we Malaysians reacted like Pakistanis, Iraqis and Sudanese. We reacted with rage and anger. We politicised the issue. We threw Molotov cocktails at churches. All in the name of God?
When MAIM banned 33 words related to Islam, I can't help but to wonder.. "Macam mana budak SPM nak belajar Sejarah Islam?"
And look at how some muslims reacted to my recent post on the 33 words banned by MAIM.
Are these people capable of debating in a reasonable manner? I don't think so. See how I use the term "these people". I do not relate to them. I do not reflect their sentiments. I'm a muslim but I am a learned muslim. I know what I'm talking about and I'm not afraid of discussions. I may be wrong so I open my mind to other people's point of view but when I am confronted with hostility, it is only natural for me to close my door and shoo the culprit away. The same can be said to everyone, muslim or not.
If we are truly muslims, we should send representatives to discuss and debate on this issue openly. With open minds and open hearts. For all the Imams and Ustaz out there, STOP rallying followers for this 'holy' cause and start befriending priests near your area. You're a model muslim citizen. Act like one.
And to all muslims offended by my last entry, please reread the content. It's not a joke against my religion. It's a solution for non-muslims to understand Islam. With these substitute words, non-muslims can better understand Islam without getting fined or jailed or both.