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UPDATE: Yahoo! Relents!
This morning, February 22, 2006, Yahoo! changed their policy and "Allah" is now allowed in usernames. The world can now go on living in peace and harmony ...
"We continuously evaluate abuse patterns in registration usernames to help prevent spam, fraud and other inappropriate behavior. A small number of people registered for IDs using specific terms with the sole purpose of promoting hate, and then used those IDs to post content that was harmful or threatening to others, thus violating Yahoo!'s Terms of Service.
Yahoo! banned my name!
OK, Yahoo! (probably) doesn't have anything against me personally, but believe it or not they won't allow a username to contain the word Allah, and Callahan includes that word within it. Don't believe they'd do that? (I didn't at first.) Try to create a username containing Callahan or Allah at the Yahoo! registration page.
Yahoo! won't justify it's policy or even comment on the issue. Apparently Allah is the only deity being banned, as I can create Yahoo! IDs containing the words God, Jesus, Buddha, Zeus, Satan and Flying Spaghetti Monster.
It boggles the mind why Yahoo! would even come up with the idea:
My mother noticed the problem first when she tried to setup an account through Verizon which included a Yahoo! portal. She brought it to the local paper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and they published a front-page newspaper article about the issue. From there The Register picked it up, then the AP show the story was everywhere. I watched a piece on it on CNN and I talked to friends who saw it on Fox News and MSNBC. I got a couple calls from morning radio shows. Yeah, 15 minutes of fame. Here's some of the press:
It's just a silly issue, but this was going on just months after 9/11. Everyone who was a Muslim, or lived in the middle east, was tainted by the terrorism in many people's eyes. The UAE was trying to buy a companythat owned several US shipping ports about this time (see here) and there was all sorts of outcries of "them" owning our ports. So was this racism on Yahoo's part? Of course not. But it was relevant to the politics of the time.
I've found one other person complaining about the problem at Kallahar's "Is Yahoo! Banning Allah?" page.