Dutch Bishop Suggests Calling God Allah

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah. ”Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?” Bishop Tiny Muskens said in an interview broadcast this week. ”God doesn’t care what we call him.” In this nation where religious tolerance has been eroded in recent years by a rise in radical Islam, the comments drew little support.