‘Moderate’ Din’s New Job- Chairman of Fanatic ‘Scholars’


Somewhat surprising to read that Din Syamsuddin, leading light of the ‘moderate’ Muhammadiyah movement here in Indonesia, has been given the job of General Chairman of the MUI, the Indonesian Council of ‘Scholars!’

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True, he has already served as Deputy Chairman, but the question at once arises, will he exert his influence effectively on the MUI, redeeming it from the extremism into which it has fallen in the past decade?

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Or will he continue to tolerate the presence in its senior ranks of the rabid and bloodthirsty extremist Al Khathath, the onetime Hizbut Tahrir hero, chair of the FUI, which wants Israel wiped off the map of the world…

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…and the man who infamously declared that the harmless Alex Aan, the Sumatra atheist, deserved to die for expressing his beliefs, or lack of them.

We must hope Din will denounce the hateful notion that ‘apostates’ deserve to die. 

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alexatheistaan Alex, Prisoner of Conscience (recently released)

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Yes, we must wait and see.

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Din comes across as a man capable of serious thought. Today he’s reported as offering a ‘diplomatic’ answer when asked how to handle the harmless minorities like the Ahmadis and Shia, though he did explicitly say that violence was not the way. http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2014/02/19/0932412/Din.Syamsuddin.Biasa.Saja.Orang.Muhammadiyah.Pimpin.MUI.

The other ‘moderate’ organisation, Nadhlatul Ulama, had its spokesman opine that Din may lead MUI in a ‘better direction…’   http://www.republika.co.id/berita/nasional/umum/14/02/19/n18c2x-pbnu-yakin-din-jadikan-mui-lebih-baik …which ought not to be difficult!

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 But how will he fit into an organisation that has issued fatwas against yoga and whose leadership has  championed female genital mutilation should be an interesting spectacle.

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Indeed, his New Deputy Chair is none other than our old pal Ma’aruf Amin, who made that infamous comment that FGM is a ‘human right!’ https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/clitoral-clip-no-scraping-suffices-tell-us-islamist-scholars-why-do-it/