In a dramatic refutation of President SBY’s words last year, when he told assembled international diplomats that the infamous Tri-Ministerial Decree was ‘not discrimination’ but rather protective of all religious minorities’ rights, five judges in a Bandung court upheld Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi’s brazenly sectarian ban on Ahmadis using their mosque for peaceful worship.
- It was a weird day at the West Java assizes, two related cases heard one after the other, the first verdict, from one judge, striking down the sealing of the mosque in Pondok Gede, the second enforcing the Mayor’s intolerant edict against religious freedom.
…in the first case, the court ruled that an order to board up the mosque with iron sheets was unlawful because it was issued by the Bekasi municipal secretary who had no authority to do so.
But in the second case, heard by the same presiding judge but with other judges on the panel, the court rejected the Ahmadis’ request to strike down an order from the Bekasi mayor to close off the mosque under lock and key. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/court-keeps-ahmadiyah-mosque-locked-up/
It’s important to note that decent Muslims here are fighting for freedom too. This speaker’s name confirms that.
“The locking was considered lawful. The judge said it was done according to the SKB [joint ministerial decree] on the Ahmadiyah, as well as the West Java gubernatorial regulation and Bekasi mayoral regulation banning the Ahmadiyah” from promoting their faith.”
That’s from Muhamad Isnur, the lawyer who stood up in court on the victims’ behalf. He’s from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta)
The enemy is not good people like him, but the Islamist fanatics – Mayor Effendi and his overlord, Bekasi Regent ‘No-Shame’ Neneng, will be dancing on their dinner tables this week – mild hyperbole here, as-such kill-joys don’t dance, methinks.
But when I read the grim news, my first thought was of President SBY, speaking on 16th February 2012, to an audience of international diplomats..
“I need to clarify this. The government has never prevented anybody from worshipping according to their faith,” said the President in a speech delivered in Indonesian.http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/islamists-amok-cops-complicit-where-now-mr-president/
But then, what about that Ahmadi mosque at the top of this page?
To the diplomats, SBY said THIS! “What we do is attempt to prevent conflicts and ensure that this country, the population of which is more than 90 percent Muslim, protects those with different faiths under our Constitution,” Yudhoyono said. “Our measures are never discriminative…
- Let’s clarify his Tri-Ministerial diktat
The joint ministerial decree between the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Home Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) was issued in 2008, banning Ahmadiyah from disseminating its teachings, because of theological differences between it and mainstream Islam. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/02/09/threeparty-meeting-discuss-decree-ahmadiyah.html
And one part of SBY’s speech we inadvertently omitted then is very telling.
The President warned the international community that if harsh actions against the opponents of churches were taken, there was a risk of repeating the violent conflict between Muslims and Christians that took place in Maluku and Central Sulawesi several years ago.
That sounds like an abdication of the state’s duty to deal fairly with all creeds – he was speaking to foreign diplomats, but his words were surely heard by the IslamoNazis, who could only have been relieved to know that their intolerant atrocities would incur no ‘harsh actions‘ during SBY’s tenure of the Presidential Palace.
Two more churches were reported as facing Islamist menaces last week. http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/oppression-of-christians-escalates-in-most-tolerant-indonesia/ Those menacing them must have felt at ease in their wickedness knowing no harsh actions against them would be countenanced by SBY.