Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Muskens must mean "Balls" in Dutch

AMSTERDAM - 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 on Monday 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.

"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."

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Blogger The back of the hill said...

I prefer the proposal that Kees van Kooten ("Keith van Coots" and Willem de Bie ("Bill the Bye") came up with years ago in their comedy routine.

Call the religion 'Chrislam', and worship 'Gollah'.

Apparently they managed to offend everybody with that suggestion.

Part of the debate is about whether immigrants should adapt, and to what extent. The nativists are outraged at the suggestion - "those darn Muslims should call God by the name WE gave HIM". The more tolerant or progressive acknowledge that it does not matter what the deity is called - but balk over the implications in the names.

It should be noted that there are both believers and utter disbelievers on all sides in this fight.

All I can say is, baruch Gollah I ain't involved.

August 15, 2007 1:39 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Oh, and post-scriptorily, I should mention that Koot & Bie have been doing comedy since the late seventies. Their four-hour televised how-to on tax-dodging and the 'Schweizerische Wunder Bank' remains a classic.

August 15, 2007 1:41 PM  

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