With Friends Like This Islamist ‘Moderate,’ Tolerance Needs Enemies?


In Tuesday’s Jakarta Post, we learned that Indonesia has prepared to organize a conference for Asian Muslim and Christian leaders, which is slated to be held from Feb.26 to March 1. The conference is entitled “Bringing a common word to common action for justice.”

It is organized by three religious leaders’ organizations, the International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS), the Indonesian Bishops Council (KWI) and the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and jointly supported by the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)…..

Hasyim Muzadi

ICIS secretary-general Hasyim Muzadi said the conference would also be the proper medium to explain many cases that showed growing intolerance in many parts of the country. He added, “rest assured that the intolerance school of thought found no clear ground here.”

Admirable sentiment, that last sentence, albeit a tad myopic, for there are clear grounds for doubting that this man is a straight-talker on the issue.

I say this because he was quoted approvingly on Forkami’s (one of the bigot groups active in obstructing religious liberty in West Java) own website, and if they quoted him accurately, he scarcely knows the meaning of the word tolerance.

As President of WCRP (World Conference on Religions for Peace) and Secretary General of ICIS (International Conference for Islamic Scholars) I strongly deplore  charges (at the UN in Geneva) of religous intolerance in Indonesia.. .all around the world, I’ve not yet come across a Muslim country as tolerant as Indonesia…

And as for the persecuted Christians of Yasmin Church in West Java, heck, Muzadi spouted the familiar fanatic refrain – it’s all their own fault!–  They would rather become a national & worldwide issue than that the problem be solved.http://www.forkami.com/berita-152-apa-kata-kyai-hasyim-muzadi-soal-gki-yasmin-.html

Note the old Islamist doesn’t call for the law of the land, that Supreme Court ruling in Yasmin’s favour, to be enforced -which is all Yasmin wants. So how dare he rabbit on at this proposed conference about seeking justice!?!

Indeed, RRA covered Muzadi’s extremist outburst last year – read it all here…https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/the-moderate-view-reporting-sectarian-violence-to-un-is-white-collar-crime/.…or if you can’t be bothered, read this extract.

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he’s MOST upset that human rights campaigners might alert the outside world to the latest example of blood-stained intolerance in Indonesia.
Former Chairman of the Board of NU Hasyim Muzadi reminded various parties in the country to not exploit violence against Shiites in Sampang, Madura, for political purposes.

“This Sampang case should not be launched into political exploitation, especially if such exploitation is for global or foreign interests…” Hashim said in Jakarta, Thursday (30/08/2012) before himself launching into a diatribe against ‘capitalist materialism,’ and this rant turned up on the website of the ultra-fanatical Hizbut Tahrir, who clearly like it!    http://hizbut-tahrir.or.id/2012/08/31/hasyim-jangan-jual-kasus-sampang-ke-asing/

Hashim’s bluster was clearly aimed at Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) whose Vice-Chairman, Choirul Anam, has said they’ll report the situation in Sampang to the UN Human Rights Council in September.

  • According to the President of the President of the World Conference on Religions for Peace (WCRP), such a report will not solve the problem of Sampang, which is Indonesia’s internal problem, but just make more trouble. “Asking people outside to knock the nation itself is actually a white collar crime…” he said.

YES, that’s what he said. “A white-collar CRIME!’ There is no specific Indonesian language equivalent, so he actually used those words in English.

There are specific language equivalents for words like hypocrisy.

This is the same man who DEMANDED Indonesia interfere in the internal affairs of another country less than a month ago. A fine President indeed for the World Conference on Religions for Peace!

  Hasyim Muzadi proactively asked the Indonesian government to save ethnic Rohingyas who are victims of violence in Myanmar. “Indonesia should immediately take diplomatic steps, both to stop the violence and call on Myanmar to open up access for humanitarian assistance.”

And that’s taken from the NU’s own website!  http://www.nu.or.id/a,public-m,dinamic-s,detail-ids,44-id,39123-lang,id-c,nasional-t,Indonesia+harus+Proaktif+Selamatkan+Rohingya-.phpx

A perfect storm of double standards. Intolerance exemplified – rush to the rescue of co-religionists allegedly at risk abroad, howl like a stuck warthog if anyone dares to suggest that depredations by his co-religionists here should be brought to outsiders’ attention.

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Back to the JP this week –

PGI secretary Rev. Gomar Gultom shared the same perspective…the country still had the chance to develop inter-religious relationships as part of the effort to repel provocative thoughts and narrow-minded religious fanatics. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/19/indonesia-host-muslim-christian-leaders-conference.html

Provocative thoughts? Narrow-minded fanatics?

Like people who slur and smear ther own country’s decent, serious, sincere pro-tolerance organisations as ‘white-collar criminals?’