What's in God's Name?
Lord, Allah, Yahweh, Bhagwan? Does it matter how you address God?
Dutch Roman Catholic Bishop Martinus 'Tiny' Muskens of Breda says Christians should address God as Allah to promote unity with Muslims. "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?” Bishop Muskens said in an interview on Monday. “God doesn’t care what we call him.” He points out that in Arabic, the word for God is 'Allah' and that Arabic-speaking Christians already use the word.
What do you think about his suggestion? Are we all Allah's children?
Here's what the "Boring Made Dull" blog says:
"Allah isn't the God worshipped by Christians or Jews. This is a distinction that every Muslim understands - Why can't a Catholic Bishop get it? It will foster understanding, all right - the understanding that the Church is an empty shell, willing to capitulate to the world."
And Isabel in Antwerp has just emailed:
"Can't you please please for once dedicate a show to the free thinkers, the non believers, the atheists...??????????
Do we really have to listen nearly daily to that same old religeous story?
For my part, call god Jehova, Allah, Jehovallah... , I don't care!
I can live very happy without god, without bible, without veil, without wig, without saints, without holy water..."
Here's the story in detail.
What would you do about Zimbabwe?
Have Zimbabwe's neighbors got their heads firmly stuck in the sand?
President Robert Mugabe received a loud round of applause when he was introduced at the start of the Southern African Development Community summit in Lusaka, Zambia.
But Zambia's president, Levy Mwanawasa, broke ranks and broke his silence by calling on the people of Zimbabwe to 'maintain peace at all costs.' Ok, it's hardly stinging, but what are Zimbabwe's neighbors prepared to do about Mugabe?
We'll be assembling our own summit here at Bush House (in the BBC World Service canteen downstairs, which reminds me of a Noah's Ark of humanity...). What would you do about Zimbabwe?
Jadoung Metty in Ohio asks 'Is Zimbabwe Africa's problem?'
Speak to you soon,