Indonesian Pogrom Province’s Election Choice – Bigotry, Bigotry or Bigotry!

Good Day!
Some gremlin got into my blog last night, published two headlines, no story attached. Not sabotage, for the headlines were both agreeably anti-communist. Mysterious, but anyhow.
However, nothing about the red menace today.
Instead I offer you a slightly long report but nevertheless, I hope, interesting.
This, believe it or not, is a TOURIST Map!
After the monstrous pogrom in Banten Province last February, when three innocent Ahmadis were martyred, clubbed to death by an Islamist mob, you’d think the up-coming gubernatorial election there would be a golden opportunity for the ‘silent majority’ we keep looking to for redemption of Indonesia’s good name.
The incumbent, a woman called Ratu, naturally distanced herself from the outrage, but then followed through on the slaughter with a disgraceful outburst, viz. 
Following the Pandeglang attack, Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah said Ahmadis ought to repent so that they would not be made the target of more attacks by Muslims. Repent? They’ve committed no sin, nor offence. What have they to repent of?
The woman is clearly more intent on dragging them back into her beloved Islam than  explicitily blaming the Islamonazi scum groups whose rhetoric incited the crime.
There are, after all, major political parties here that carefully define themselves as ‘secular nationalist,’ NOT Islamist fanatics like the PKS or PPP. The three largest parties in parliament, in fact, can be thus categorised, Golkar, the PDI-P and President SBY’s Democrats.
Obviously, if they are sincere in their profession of non-sectarian principles, they will be organising, if not cooperating, to replace the current intolerance regime with somebody who believes in freedom of religion. Right?
 Jakarta Post,7/14

Incumbent Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah and Deputy Tangerang Regent Rano Karno officially registered with the provincial General Election Commission (KPU) on Thursday as candidates for the Banten gubernatorial election.

Ratu Atut and running mate Rano arrived at the KPU at around 1 p.m. after declaring their candidacy at Western square in Serang. They were accompanied by leaders and functionaries of their supporting parties, the Golkar Party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), the Crescent Star Party (PBB), the Indonesian Nahdlatul Ulama United Party (PPNUI), the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS), the Regional Unity Party (PPD), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and 22 other parties.

So there you go! Secular nationalists in bed with a bigot candidate. But there are other candidates, surely? Yes, sure there are, and here they are!


KPU working group head for candidacy Agus Supriatna said the commission was still waiting on two more candidates: Tangerang Mayor Wahidin Halim who is backed by the ruling Democratic Party and Jazuli Juwaini who has the support of a coalition of Islamic parties including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), United Development Party (PPP), Star Reform Party (PBR) and Ulema National Awakening Party (PKNU).

Mayor Wahidin is probably among the most notorious sharia freaks in the country. Here’s just a taste, from Asia News but there are plenty more examples.

» 01/13/2004 16:33
Mayor imposes Islamic dress code on state workers

Jakarta (AsiaNews/SCMP) – The mayor of Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, ordered all public employees to cover their heads and respect Islamic dress code on Fridays. 

Friday is the holy day for Muslims. Women will be asked to wear Islamic headscarves and long-sleeved shirts to cover their arms; men will have to wear Islamic loose-fitting shirts. The mayor’s spokesman, Achmad Chairuddin, told the Jakarta Post that “the new arrangement is a direct order from the mayor…Muslim dress reflects the municipality’s devout image.”

But there are plenty more on the Google search if you seek for confirmation of my view.

And as for Jazuli…read on.

Last September, when a hoax story appeared claiming that an anti-Koran pastor in the USA had been killed in a car-crash, quoted Jazuli’s broad-minded reaction.

Glory to Allah! That’s a fair punishment for burning the Koran, Allah’s God’s answer to him. It’s not merely a lesson for those who want to burn the Koran, but also Muslims too, teaching that the Koran is sacred and not to be doubted.’

So what a choice for however many voters in Banten might still hanker after tolerance!

And what a telling indictment of the ‘moderates.’

Although given Banten’s shameful recent history, perhaps an decent candidate who spoke up for religious liberty might find his or her life in danger.