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Indian Court Gives Orissa Christians Hope

Christians in Orissa, India got good news this week.

India's supreme court told authorities in Orissa that it will not tolerate persecution of religious minorities.

According to the Religion News Service, a justice told an attorney for Orissa state officials, "if your government is unable to protect christians, you better resign."

"We are a secular country," he added. " And no minority should feel insecure in our country."

More than 100 Christians in Orissa have been killed and scores of churches destroyed by Hindu mobs since August.

Tens of thousands are still living in government-protected camps.

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Catholic Paper Halted Over "Muslim" Word 

Malaysia's government ordered a Catholic newspaper to stop publishing its Malay language edition, because it used the word "allah" to refer to God.

Allah is the Malay word for God and Christians say it predates Islam.

The government says the word should be reserved exclusively for Muslims.

The publisher of The Herald says the order infringes on the rights of Christians.

"When you tell somebody of another faith that you can't use a word to worship, where are we going to?" he asked. "Is there another word that we can use which is in the language for God? There's none."

The Herald has filed an appeal to the ministry of home affairs.

It is also fighting a court battle with the government over the issue.

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