Pope for Bali? – First, Demand Straight Answers from these ‘Moderate’ Muslim Students!

I see the Roman Catholic Church is playing with fire, according to to a report in Bali News 9/16/2011
http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=7416 The National Catholic Reporter and islamonline.net both report that representatives Indonesian Islamic Student Association (Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam (HMI)) have visited the Vatican to extend an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to attend and speak at a conference in Bali in 2012.  
Indonesia’s largest Muslim student organization, the HMI, founded in 1947, has a membership, which numbers nearly 1million.                       
FIDES, the Vatican’s missionary news agency, reports that the HMI delegation met with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
   During the Vatican visit, the Indonesian students shared their ideas with Cardinal Tauran on ways to promote dialogue and religious pluralism through creating collaborations between Islamic and Roman Catholic communities.
Fides characterized the visit by the HMI showed how the organization has become a voice for promoting dialogue and interreligious harmony in combating extremism.

———————How very touchingly moderate and pluralist that HMI must be, indeed – until you do even a modicum of research, like this little snippet, relating to East Java, dated only THREE WEEKS after the Cikeusik Pogrom, when three Ahmadis were brutally martyred by a thousand-strong mob of Islamist savages.

Islamic organizations that have expressed readiness to join the fight against Ahmadis, among others, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), The Muslim Forum (FUI),       Muslim Students Association (HMI),    Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Al Ershad, the Central Islamic Center For Studies (CICS ), Formabes, Nadhatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. FaktaPos.com 27/6/11
But of course that’s just one province, East Java, albeit one of the largest and most important provinces. Maybe different elsewhere? How about Kalimantan?
SAMARINDA – A crowd  representing the  Alliance of Muslims (AUI), which consists of Kaltim Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) East Kalimantan, Samarinda FPI,      the Islamic Students Association (HMI) Samarinda Branch, GPI and Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) Samarinda, Core Command (Koti) Pemuda Pancasila yesterday afternoon staged a protest at City Hall Samarinda…
Segel Rumah Ibadah Ahmadiyah !!!
FPI Samarinda Gauleiter Didit Adiyansah Harangues the Mob, including HMI
…the action urges the Mayor of Samarinda to soon issue regulations on the Prohibition of the Ahmadiyya cult in Samarinda. This was accompanied by a one-week deadline for the publication of such legislation as well as sealing Ahmadiyya places of worship and congregational activities…

Right, well, that’s only two provinces, there are many more…like West Java.

Galamedia.com 7th March 2011

No fewer than a thousand demonstrators in a combined mass of ten organizations of Sukabumi…urged the mayor of Sukabumi to take immediate steps towards sealing the Billah Al Ahmadiyah property, because the mosque is often used by the Ahmadiyya congregation for worship activities.    
In its action, other than requesting firm action to get the sealing of the mosque, protesters consisting of HTI, Just Lines, NU, Pagar Nusa, FPSB, FKMS,         HMI,               the Islamic Youth Movement, and the FPI, also asked the mayor immediately to issue a local regulation (perda) on the prohibition of activities of the Ahmadiyah congregation in the mosque area. Massa also requested the support of members of the council to ban Ahmadiyah activities in the City and District of Sukabumi.
I could check more regions, and I fear I’d find more examples. My investigation was not comprehensive, but I submit that while some elements of HMI may hold genuinely civilised views, viz. that Ahmadis should have the same rights as any other citizens of any other creed, there is a case to answer that many of its branches and members are up their necks in complicity with the oppression of religious liberty.
Perhaps Catholic readers may think it worth mentioning to their local clergy and parish media. And pass this post on to His Eminence.