Enter the fire-breathing, condescending Christian
It’s not only the Chinese who have the dragon in their myth. The red dragon was the battle standard of King Arthur of the fabled Knights of the Round Table.
The orang putih heraldic dragon is truly a fearsome creature with a forked tongue.
Two recent articles by Christians in The Malaysian Insider (TMI) and Malaysiakini:
‘Perkasa’s perverted paranoia‘ by David Martin (24 Jan 2012) – click on thumbnail below to enlarge
‘Arabic is not tied to a particular religion‘ by Kevin Chin (10 Jan 2012) – click to enlarge
“What’s with Perkasa’s paranoia with Christianity anyway? Why are the Christians made the bogeyman for any & all threats to Islam in this country in the last few years?”
Oh. So David has noticed that this occurrence can be traced back a few years. But he somehow fails to make the connection.
Isn’t it over the past few years that evangelical Christian politicians attained a measure of power through the DAP and other Pakatan politicians?
Isn’t it only in the last several years that they’ve been provided a friendly platform such as TMI (launched around the 2008 general election), and the portal now being where David and his ilk as well as Christian issues – most recently Convent Bukit Nanas – are given disproportionate airtime? In comparison, TMI hardly ever carries Indian or Hindu stories.
There’s a correlation, don’t you think, between David’s complaints and the rise and rise of the local Christian right?
“In fact, if I wasn’t the least affected by these developments ['Allah', al-Kitab, solar powered bible] as a Christian, I’d find them highly amusing, the insecurities & paranoia of some quarters.”
He makes the accusation:
“The remarks made by a number of our so called ‘defenders of Islam’ in the country reveals a deep seated hatred for Christianity in this country.”
David is being one-sided in making out as if the Christians are innocent lambs in all of this, and that “Perkasa and all their bigoted supporters” alone are at fault.
He should also have looked at the role that evangelical politicians are playing in exacerbating the friction, the Christian crowd throwing stones as well as the pro-Christian bias in the alternative media for fanning the fire.
Bismillah ir rahman ir rahim said in churches
Meanwhile, Kevin recounts how he was taken aback the first time he attended mass in Arabic and the Egyptian priest began his sermon with ‘Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim’.
Kevin further asserts that the word ‘Allah’ is used in Christian churches in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East all the time.
Contending that “Arabic is not Islamic”, he adds:
“The only thing wrong with the picture in Malaysia is that the Malays are trying to hijack Arabic and make it a Muslim language, which it is not, it is just a language.”
Kevin sounds like The Nut Graph which insisted “since copyright for the word does not belong to Muslims, what right do Muslim groups and politicians have to demand that non-Muslims can only use ‘Tuhan’ and not ‘Allah’?” (‘Allah’ issue: Who started it?)
In the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) controversy at the Dream Centre, the songs of praise ‘Alhamdulillah’ and ‘Allahuakhbar’ were sneaked into the programme. An innocuous, isolated instance?
Christians unsheathe dragon claws
It’s not only ‘paranoid’ Perkasa that has gotten an adverse and defensive reaction from the Christians who have portrayed themselves to the western media as unreasonably victimized.
For writing that “the convention of Allah belongs to Islam”, I was greeted with hostility too by Malaysiakini readers two years ago (28 Jan 2010).
Below are some of their negative comments to my article (screenshot below):
Apart from these readers’ expressions of shock and dismay: “CONFUSED EXPOSITION”, “MUDDLED THOUGHT PROCESS”, “UTTER RUBBISH”, “AWFUL ARTICLE”, “CARELESS BROADBRUSHES”, “LACK OF UNDERSTANDING”, “HOW CAN SOMEONE SO SMART BE SO BREATHTAKINGLY DUMB!”, there were others who stated “HELEN ANG, YOU SOUND LIKE UMNO EMPLOYED”, and “HELEN ANG BELONGS TO UTUSAN!”… Someone asked me ‘DO U THINK SHE’S BEEN BOUGHT?”
Kevin in his argument tries to divorce Arabic from Islam. I disagree. Some languages have a strong influence on particular fields; Latin on legal terminology is one example.
casus belli, cui bono, inter alia, mutatis mutandis, non compos mentis, res ipsa loquitur, sine qua non, sine die, sub judice, ultra vires
Source: Understanding Latin Legalese
Other Latin words commonly used in law are ad hoc, affidavit, alibi, alias, bona fide, de facto, habeus corpus, modus operandi, per se, persona non grata, prima facis, pro bono, quid pro quo, status quo, subpeona, versus, etc.
Whereas the Malay language is strongly coloured by Arabic in its faith-related vocabulary. Among the borrowed words: Iman, akidah, solat, masjid, rasul, akhirat, azab, takbir, dsb (Ref. A useful list of Malay loan words from Arab can be found at Wikipedia)
Md. Asham Ahmad, an Ikim officer, wrote “nobody can understand the Qur’an and the religion of Islam without the knowledge of Arabic, and by Arabic here we mean the Islamised Arabic”.
The Christians vehemently disagreed with Md. Asham.
“Clearly what the Christians are trying to do is to de-Islamise Malay language for missionary purpose.”
– Read his full article at the Ikim website
Not only did the Christians vehemently disagree with him, they flew into a self-righteous rage at his article.
Fast forward a couple of years and we currently find that the Christians have increasingly acquired more bite, and this in turn causing the Muslims to flare their nostrils.
The new zodiac year of the Dragon promises some fiery tail swishing indeed. The rest of us ‘nons’ – Hindus, Buddhists, Toaists, pagans, agnostics, atheists – whose grouses are seldom given voice in the mainstream media will wisely stay outside the ring of fire.
All signs point to adherents of the two Abrahamic religions singeing each other.
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