For instance, Abdulmjid writes that the Vatican should not be granted .catholic because “many other Christians use the term ‘Catholic’ to refer more broadly to the whole Christian Church regardless of denominational affiliation.Other Christian communions lay claim to the term ‘catholic’ such as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church.” Another objector to .catholic points to the fact that the Church of England uses the word as well.
In June, ICANN, the organization that wrangles Internet addresses, announced that almost 2,000 applications for new top-level domains—like .com, .edu, and .gov—had been filed by companies (or any group or individual that wanted to pay $185,000 per proposed domain).
The BBC, for instance, applied for .bbc, while Google requested scores of domains, including the expected—.youtube and .android—and the surprising—like
.sucks .vodka .virgin .tattoo .poker .dating .casino .africamagic .adult .ummah (an Arabic word meaning “community”) .
كاثوليك (Arabic for Catholic) .tatar .ismaili (a Shiite sect) .islam .imamat (“an Arabic word used to denote that religious authority over their affairs, and succession of leadership over the community, is passed down through the generations from one “imam” (leader) to the next,” says Abdulmjid) .halal .bible .persiangulf (short for Gulf Cooperation Council) .style (though the comment actually seems to be about .tattoo) In others, allies come from other faiths.
Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes: "Internet users in Saudi Arabia, along with most users in the United Arab Emirates, are blocked by their respective government censors from accessing the websites of the Trinity Davison Lutheran Church, Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries in Pittsburgh, the Amitayu Buddhist Society of Taiwan, and Gay
An attempt to access any of those websites yields an error page like this one.
You can see the screen shots here, here, here and here." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.
Here are all of the domains that user Abdulmjid, who says he is affiliated with the Communication and Information Technology Commission, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has raised issue with.
In some cases, multiple companies filed for the same top-level domain, so Abdulmjid filed multiple objections.
ICANN set aside a seven-month period for review and for objections to proposed domains to be filed.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia apparently decided to take advantage of that and has now argued that 31 applications should be rejected—specifically, those that are related sex, alcohol, gambling, and Islam.