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The Islamic republic of Holland gets more bizarre

Sigh ... appeasement and placations in the face of unbending hostile forces never works.

A Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has proposed people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding, stoking an already heated debate on religious tolerance in a country with one million Muslims.

Bishop Tiny Muskens, from the southern diocese of Breda, told Dutch television that God did not mind what he was named and that in Indonesia, where Muskens spent eight years, priests used the word "Allah" while celebrating Mass.
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Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah?. . . What does God care what we call him? It is our problem.
A survey in the Netherlands' biggest-selling newspaper De Telegraaf on Wednesday found 92 per cent of the more than 4,000 people polled disagreed with the bishop's view, which also drew ridicule.
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Sure. Lets call God Allah. Lets then call a church a mosque and pray five times a day. Ramadan sounds like fun,
Welmoet Koppenhol wrote in a letter to the newspaper.

Gerrit de Fijter, chairman of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, told the paper he welcomed any attempt to "create more dialogue", but added: "Calling God 'Allah' does no justice to Western identity. I see no benefit in it."

A spokesman from the union of Moroccan mosques in Amsterdam said Muslims had not asked for such a gesture.

Signs of tension had already surfaced in the last two weeks after the head of a committee for former Muslims was attacked and populist anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders called for the Koran to be banned.

Some Dutch Muslims welcomed his comments as a valuable gesture of support coming just days after Wilders branded the Koran a "fascist book" in the vein of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" which legitimises violence.

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By netchicken: posted on 16-8-2007

The bishop is running scared.

In a few years he'd be saying that G-d doesn't mind if you accept the Islamic version of Him and then go kill Jews and Christians
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 16-8-2007

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