American Solidarity With Persecuted Ahmadiyah


It’s a rare old day indeed when I appplaud Nancy Pelosi, but it would be churlish not to give credit where it’s due, after reading Thursday’s Washington Post.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined more than 20 House colleagues and at least one senator Wednesday (June 27) at a reception to mark the first visit of the Ahmadiyya’s spiritual leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, to Congress.

  Pelosi

 

The Ahmadiyya have faced severe repression, Pelosi said, “but you refused to turn to bitterness or vengeance.”

Now I know most of my readers in the USA are far from being fans of Pelosi, but nevertheless, one hopes they will urge their Republican congressmen to add their weight to protests on behalf of these innocent victims of Islamist bigotry.

After Obama’s  wittering on the ‘pluralism’ he somehow discerned during his brief visit last year, both Ahmadis and similarly oppressed Christians here would undoubtedly be glad of some bi-partisan international support in their plight.

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Cikeusik Pogrom, Indonesia, 2011 – Three Ahmadis brutally martyred.  The Islamist savage in the photo is already out of jail, strutting around his village as some kind of hero to the primitives who dwell there.

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Not many people here in Jakarta read the WP, but thanks to detiknews.com yesterday, Indonesians are learning that  those who deny others freedom of religion only bring their countries into disrepute.

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 Swett

  • An American Congresswoman, Katrina Swett, and a ‘rights activist,’ Tom Lantos, have called for pressure on Pakistan and Indonesia to ease the burden the persecuted Ahmadis have to bear.  “The United States should specifically deal with government targeting of Ahmadiyah,” they said.

This U.S. support of Ahmadiyah was expressed to welcome their leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday (27/6).  According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Indonesia has imposed restrictions on Ahmadiyah worship. Since the records in the USA began in 2008,  50 Ahmadi mosques have been wrecked and 36 shut down.

If it’s bad for Ahmadiyah in Indonesia, it is horrific in Pakistan.

…in Pakistan, the Ahmadi religion has not been acknowledged since 1974. Based on the records by U.S. activists, more than 80 people died in May 2010, when gunmen stormed two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, and then attacked the victims taken to hospita.

The Ahmadiyah leader, who is touring the U.S., called for international relations to be conducted with mutual respect. He also stressed that inter-religious relations should be based on justice.

Fair enough, but such eminently reasonable sentiments seem to fall on deaf ears in the higher levels of government here.

It is an issue I’ve been into for some time now, not because I have any great sympathy with, or even any interest in, Ahmadi doctrines, but simply because these people DO NO HARM to anyone.  The violence and vandalism perpetrated on them are a sin against both humanity and common-sense.

Far from being in any way bad, the Ahmadis are GOOD people – the WP report mentions that they have built hospitals and schools and organized disaster relief and development projects around the world.

As Swett said in Washington, :“We who believe in peace and freedom dare not be silent.”

And those of us who are genuine friends of Indonesia must echo that sentiment and hope for a return to the principles of the 1945 Constitution, which guaranteed religious liberty for ALL citizens.