Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
This is more pathetically hysterical than irritating:
Malaysia has banned a translation of an Ultraman comic book after it referred to the popular Japanese superhero as "Allah", authorities said.
The home ministry, which is in charge of domestic security and censorship, said the Malay-language edition of Ultraman, The Ultra Power contains elements that can undermine public order and morals.
In a statement, it said Ultraman was idolised by many children and equating him with Allah would "confuse Muslim youth and damage their faith".
It further warned that irresponsible use of the word could provoke Muslims and threaten public safety.
The Malaysian government is embroiled in an intense court battle with the Catholic church over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims, in a case that has raised religious tensions in the majority Muslim country.
Ultraman is a fictional Japanese superhero who fights skyscraper-sized "Kaiju" (monsters), and first appeared on television in the 1960s. The comic gained popularity worldwide, including in Malaysia, where versions dubbed in Malay were screened on TV and comic books translated into the national language.
The home ministry said other Ultraman comic books were unaffected and that only this edition was banned.
The decision has led to widespread ridicule among Malaysian Facebook and Twitter users – including from the youth and sports minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, who asked: "Apa salah Ultraman? (What wrong did Ultraman do?)"
The controversial line can be seen in an image available on social media that describes Ultraman: "He is considered, and respected, as Allah or the Elder to all Ultra heroes."
The ban is enforced under the Printing Presses and Publications Act, a much-criticised law that gives authorities wide-ranging powers over printed material, which was also used to bar the Catholic church from using "Allah" in its publications.
The home ministry in 2007 threatened to revoke the publishing permit of the Herald, the Catholic church's newspaper, for using the word in its Malay edition, leading to a seven-year legal battle that has raised religious tensions.
The church is seeking leave from the nation's highest court to challenge a lower court's ruling last October that sides with the government.
The tussle has led to a wider struggle over whether the word can be used by non-Muslims in their translated scripture or other practices of worship.
Seriously? A comic book? Undermining the moral fabric of society? Where have we heard this hoary old chestnut before?
This is more of a head-shaker than a knee-slapper, though. If your kids are that easily influenced by a comic book, a song, or a movie, then you’re obviously not doing that great a job as a parent. Another by-product of overpopulation coupled with religious nonsense: too many people in the world leads to piss-poor parenting.
The only question left is: will this item become a collectible? Should we go out and buy a bunch of these bad boys, in hopes of making bank a decade later?
Likely not. But one can hope.
Till the next post, then.