Malaysian govt wins right to appeal court ruling in 'Allah' case
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - Malaysia's government on Thursday won the right to appeal a court ruling that allows the country's non-Muslim minority to use the word "Allah" to refer to God.
Appeal hearings are scheduled to start Sept. 10 to resolve the politically sensitive dispute that triggered attacks on Malaysian churches and other places of worship more than three years ago.
"Allah" is the Arabic word for God and is commonly used in the Malay language to refer to God.
The government, however, insists "Allah" is an Islamic word and that its use by others would confuse Muslims.