Religious Liberty! Lukman Lights a Candle of Hope!


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Well, Hell’s Teeth!

I have long hoped for this news, but to read it, at last, makes this rainy evening seem bright.

The Religious Affairs Minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, comes from an Islamist party, the very same one, PPP, which spawned his predecessor, the oleaginous intolerant, Suryadharma Ali.

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main-lukman-hakim4 Lukman…

… NOT at all like Ali . Ali1

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But since Ali had to step down in a swirl of corruption allegations, Lukman has shown he’s a man of a very different sort. A good bloke, as I called him last Sunday, he’s now promised a new bill of rights for all faiths, even those which under President SBY were horribly persecuted…

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Lukman said the new bill would target the closures and attacks on churches and Shiite and Ahmadiyah mosques…

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/minister-promises-bill-protect-religious-minorities/

The current law is a green light to sectarian bigots.

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One of the requirements stipulated in the joint decree is for applicants to get the signed approval for their house of worship from the heads of 60 neighboring households of a different faith.

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The difficulties experienced in getting these should not be simplistically ascribed to hatred or prejudice – in Bekasi, some years ago, it was learned that some vindictive clerics had told local Muslims to toe the line or they’d be denied funeral services for their kin!  

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/19/religious-mapping-dialogue-needed-end-spats-analysts.html

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masjid-ahmadiyah-depok These Ahmadis were prevented from further prayers in their Depok, West Java, mosque by a simple step – the local authorities expropriated the whole building! Just like Communists, these sectarians!

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In Muslim majority Indonesia, Christian, Shiite and Ahmadi applicants have almost invariably failed to get the required number, while a few cases have been reported in parts of eastern Indonesia, which has a large Christian population, of Muslims not being allowed to build mosques.

And excellent news too that the package should include measures to help Shiite and Ahmadi communities being driven from their homes by mobs of Sunni Muslims — often with the support of the local police.

  • Ahmadiyah burned Koran in Cisalada Koran burning – by Sunni savages in Cisalada, West Java (they also burned the Ahmadis’ mosque and homes)
  • That’s the very issue I posted on earlier this evening, referring to the Lombok Ahmadis, but the Shia in Sampang suffered just as much.

But for all Lukman’ goodwill, he’s still showing a trace of unreality when he goes on to say his ministry would also work with local Islamic clerics — who are often instrumental in inciting hostilities against minority groups — to get them to embrace religious tolerance.

The JG journo is spot on with her comments on who’s usually to blame for intolerance and hostility. Indeed, many of the posts we’ve published on Islamist intolerance around Indonesia have had cause to mention the local chapters of the MUI.

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That’s the Council of self-styled ‘Scholars,’ who manifest intensely bigoted sentiments, sometimes verging on hysteria –

Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Don’t Complain if You’re Attacked!” 

Twisted Java ‘Moderate’ Brackets Peaceful Minorities With Evil ISIS! 

Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Atheists Get Out of Indonesia!” 

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

‘Moderate’ Muslim Leader To Journos- “Beware Counter-Islam!” 

The ‘Moderate’ View – Reporting Sectarian Violence to UN is ‘White-Collar Crime!

 

-and those strange men of the State-funded MUI are all too often working hand-in-glove with local cops.

Time to cut the subsidies, Pak Lukman?