Cleansing Indonesia

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Unfortunately, the Ahmadiyah are not the only ones to offend the religious sensibilities of the FPI and other Muslim groups. Christians have also seen a dramatic escalation of discrimination and violence launched against them.

In 2011 alone, the Indonesian Community of Churches reported at least 20 churches were forced to suspend services due to mob threats and government intervention, with scores more torched and vandalized.

Unfortunately, replacing a destroyed church or building a new one is highly problematic as Indonesian law requires that construction of a new church must have the support of 60 percent of a community’s residents, an often impossible task for Christians who make up less than nine percent of Indonesia’s total population.

In one notable example, local authorities in Bogor, a suburb of the capital city of Jakarta, have prevented the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) from moving into a new building for over two years despite a ruling from Indonesia’s Supreme Court that the church be unsealed.

Yet, Bogor’s mayor, Diani Budiarto, has refused to comply with the order and has recently come up with a new excuse for not opening the church, reasoning that the street the church was built on has an Islamic name and is thus an offense to Muslims.

Unfortunately, the Indonesian government has refused to intervene in the case. According to Indonesia’s Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, “this is the political reality in the field and it could cause disturbances to security and peace. It would not be healthy in the long run, even for the congregation members themselves.”

Unfortunately, Fauzi’s concern for Christian well-being is well-placed as Muslim intolerance has grown more overt. It’s a trend perhaps best expressed in June 2010, at the second Bekasi Islamic Congress in Bekasi, West Java, when Muslims were instructed to form Islamic paramilitary forces in readiness for a jihad against Christians.

Another more recent example of that intolerance occurred in February 2011 when a Christian man accused of blasphemy for distributing pamphlets that apparently insulted Islam received a sentence of five years in prison. However, a mob of over 1,000 Muslims, believing the verdict required a death sentence, went on a rampage, storming the courthouse and setting several local Christian churches on fire.

Yet, despite Muslims making up over ninety percent of Indonesia’s 240 million citizens, the Indonesian government insists it is committed to promoting religious tolerance, citing its constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

Instead, some have laid the blame for the rise in religious intolerance squarely at the doorstep of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Critics say that because Yudhoyono relies on the support of Islamic parties in parliament, he has been reluctant to condemn or act upon religiously-motivated violence and thus has emboldened the FPI and other Islamist groups.

While Yudhoyono hasn’t been a profile in courage in dealing with the issue, others say it is the Indonesian government’s own laws and its selective enforcement that are actually fueling the continued harassment and persecution of religious minorities.

Specifically, Indonesia’s blasphemy law grants local governments the freedom to charge and detain members of religious minorities that are considered deviant. In fact, in April 2010 Indonesia’s Supreme Court ruled that that it was constitutional to ban religious groups that “distort” or “misrepresent” official faiths.

While Indonesia officially recognizes six religions (Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism) in practice, the blasphemy law is applied primarily to perceived offenses against Islam.

Unfortunately, the punishment for those offenses, whether carried out by the Indonesian government or by an enraged mob, can be quite severe. As he lingers alone in his jail cell, it’s a fact Deden Sudjana understands all too well.

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  • Mike

    These are the same animals that we are supplying with weapons. How wonderful. People of America, arm yourselves to the teeth.

  • Marty

    islam reveals itself on a daily basis for the death cult the pedophile mohammad intended it to become. It is at war with civilization and has been for the last 1400 years and has demonstrated no desire or ability to moderate its actions or tolerate its opponents. islam must be contained for as long as necessary for us to survive. We should not feel required to tolerate an ideology and its practitioners whose ultimate goal is to destroy us.

    • winoceros

      Any more than we should tolerate communism. Why does the government abdicate the only real responsibility it has? Protect the republic and its member states, darn it all.

  • old white guy

    what can one say. day after day muslims show that their religion is violent and evil. what the hell has to happen for the people of the west to wake up.

    • alexdelarge

      Oh, they are going to wake up, but only after they are pushed to far. Which will eventually happen, as patience is not something the devil is known for.

  • sharpsrifle

    More proof that the true face of islime is hatred and violence. There is NO SUCH THING as "moderate" islime, and we are seeing the truth of that observation more and more each day!

  • winoceros

    If you think dealing with the unicorn-land thinking of leftist utopianism ("socialism really works, there just hasn't been the right conditions yet") is eye-rolling, watch what happens in not only "modern, moderate" Islamic countries, like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, but the horror of being a not-Muslim-enough Muslim in a not-so-tolerant Muslim country.

    Apologist Muslims will say with great relief, "Well, there isn't really a true shari'a society anywhere, because the leaders are corrupt, ignore the shari'a, etc.". They seem to imagine that as Islam grows, the perfect Islamic society will emerge, replete with benevolent caliph and unity among the ummah.

    It will never happen, and these apologists and selective-belief, non-devout Muslims are practicing their own private Idaho of Islam, where they just believe they can practice the "good parts," lie about the rest or simply ignore it in their normal dualistic approach to truth, and wait for that perfect Islamic society when the "real" shari'a can be practiced.

    Folks, we don't want a near-shari'a any more than we would want a "pure" shari'a. All you have to do is watch how Muslims treat one another when they think the infidel isn't watching, and the backbiting and race-driven sects of the United States, when there is no pressure to be totally devout, to know how bad it would be to long for a shari'a-compliant state.

  • PhillipGaley

    Just when will there have been sufficient record of anti-social and criminal activity—the world round—to have Islam recognized in law as criminal / terrorist—assets seized, WIRETAPS, etc., the damnable thing stamped out, with every mosque an ash pit no less than five feet deep, and this to include that big one in Spain, . . . you know, do our part to make the world safe for women and children, . . . but when?

    • myomy

      as long as muslims control the world's oil supply through OPEC the world will never be told the truth about the evil islam and the threat it poses to the civilized world. Before Jimmy Carter helped solidify OPEC's strangle hold on the world the muzzies didn't have the money to sponsor terrorist around the world and bribe and buy politicians around the world….. But that's what muslims are doing now and they have bought the media and the liberal politicians like there's no tomorrow…

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Not only that but they will also use those resources forever to wage jihad against the West unless the West mobilizes to seize those oil resources along with their massive oil wealth on the grounds of self-defense.

  • Guest

    Nothing will happen until the media and our political leadership rise from their slumber and terminate the apologetics that pass for news coverage about Islam. The major commentators are ignorant and they refuse to learn, demanding that we see each act of terror as product of deranged individuals rather than a product of a consistent ideology. Our political leadership praised the "Arab Spring" believing that a bunch of Jeffersonians were prepared to reform the Arab world. Now we are learning that the Muslim Brotherhood and other Jihadi groups are poised to take advantage of the power vacuum, something that anyone who understood the natural history of revolutions could have easily predictable. Buckle up and watch the most ruthless and violent take power.

  • kafir4life

    It's just islam folks. Happy rama-dama-ding-dong, and pass the pork!

  • steven l

    Islamists deserve jail and hard labor with no parole.
    Their brain has been irreparably been damaged by early self-hating and sell-destruction through years of stupid brain washing.
    They suffer from religion inflicted PTSD. They are literally religious criminals.

  • Jeffrey Hardin

    How much more evidence does the world need to prove that every Qur'an reading Muslim is a serious threat to all non Muslim people! They are evil, they hold no sanctity towards the human life, none what so ever by these evil people. Muhammad was spawned from evil, a pedophile intent on corrupting the world with his insanity. His religion is the most perverted and murderous the world has ever seen, yet many are embracing them? And when it comes time, they will show and spew an evil so horrible that even the most brave of hearts will fail. We have not seen anything yet, they will invent new horrors to frighten with!

  • Lisag

    They are wiping out Christianity with violence in Islamic countries and they are wiping away Christianity with laws in Western countries. When Christianity is gone what happens to the liberals, feminist, gays and nonbelievers in our former Christian countries.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    We are constantly told by our Presidents, our Congressmen, and our news medias that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, but the truth is there isn't a Muslim majority country anywhere on the planet where Christians and all other non-Muslims citizens aren't violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether. Hence, if Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, then why do Muslims violently oppress and systematically persecute when not outright slaughtering altogether all Christians and other non-Muslims unfortunate enough to live their Islamic countries?

    Likewise, in country after country and everywhere in the world where mass Muslim immigration is occurring, the vast overwhelming majority of the Muslim immigrants flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and instead form segregated Muslim enclaves that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by sharia. Indeed, there are literally hundreds of these autonomous Muslim no-go zones sprinkled throughout Europe. Hence, why are Muslim immigrants systematically refusing to assimilate and integrate in country after country and why are our Presidents, Congressmen, and news media all ignoring this very disturbing phenomena?

  • Laura

    They are ignoring it because they are failing/refusing to acknowledge The Law of Identity: A is A.

  • http://cakepkalem.tumblr.com madina larasati

    And all of your article seems to me just full of subjectivity.

    Let i say, you double page article just make me clear that You know nothing about really happen at cikeusik, please do a little research to local authority, or ask the indigenous people from cikeusik itself. at the double page article you just justifying islam, moslem, indonesia. but cite nothing about how local people provoked by outsider ahmadiyya at the first..

    And then About GKI. please you do little research too from the location. such as asking local people about what really happen.
    http://www.detiknews.com/read/2011/03/26/053609/1

    When the house in Cikeusik Ahmadiyah, Pandeglang tampered by the residents, February 6, 2011, the news excited the world, almost all media broadcast it, but two mosques were burned in Asahan, Sumatra, on Thursday (03/31/2011), I see no mention on the news. it’s barely escaped from the media.

    why I see the same picture from http://islamizationwatch.blogspot.com/2009/12/sha… ?

    the reason why i write comment here is because i know what really happen at the location. and i’m your subscriber too. So i think i just do my right as a reader on this site to correct your article about my country.

    Thank you

    M Larasati

    • Ahmad

      What happened in Cikeusik is not hidden anymore. It is recorded on tape and is available on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3
      Also available there is evidence how a lady judge is howling and pressurizing the victim. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ryhfl_no3I

      Why so-called Muslim outsiders gathered in Cikeusik to attack house of an Ahmadiyya member who was taken in protective custody by Police prior to attack? Police did not provide protection to his property. Eight men were called from nearby location to protect his property but unfortunately they were brutally attacked by other 1,500 strong outsiders. Three of them were beaten to death mercilessly by the radical attackers chanting ‘Allah-o-Akbar’. Do you think Allah would be pleased when you offer human sacrifice?

      Our eyes are wide open and we do see on the ground realities. Please do not try to white-wash black face of radical FPI.

  • Wesley69

    Is there any doubt that extremist Islam is on the rise around the world???? Those who would ignore it, do so at their own peril. Unfortunately, this is the thinking of too many governments that want to be PC in their treatment of Muslims. The Muslim creed, whether it has been hijacked or not, talks about global jihad until the world belongs to Allah. Where are the moderate voices???? You rarely hear them. We must do everything in our power to contain and stop this threat here in the US. In Europe, they are well on their way toward a Islamification of the continent. Instead of the Catholic mass being sung in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Muslims will be offerring prayers to Allah.

  • REskola

    'In fact, under the Muslim rule all over the world, non Muslims lived more peacefully than under the Christian rule.'

    You don't have anything to back this up.

    'Ask the Jews if you have any doubts.'

    Don't need to. They have already told about killings and rapings of jews all over the arabic islam world.

  • alexdelarge

    Like the 70% of palestinians who support the total genocide of the Jewish people??

    The problem with Islam is that Muhammad was no prophet. Which can easily be seen from his examples. Marrying a 6 year old girl and having sex with her at 9 years old. Are we speaking about one of the worlds greatest prophets? Like Isaiah, Jeremiah, John etc? Or a con man, who raped a woman the same night he had killed her family?
    If Muslims knew the values of the prophets of old, they would have easily seen the difference. But Islam is not about God, but greed and worldly gain.

    Muhammad was a butcher and so are his most vehement followers.

    And remember this, what a man sows, he will reap and liars and deceivers cannot enter the Kingdom of God. And by the way, there are no 70 virgins in heaven as sex and lust are of this world, not of the Kingdom of God…