Teaching Tolerance? Say You’re Sorry!


Everybody knows that the Indonesian Province of Aceh is awash with ignoramuses, freako fanatics who have young women flogged by masked cowards for no reason sane people could begin to comprehend…

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The Sharia Hell of Aceh!

The Sharia Hell of Aceh!

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…and moronic bigots who ban not just Christmas but New Year celebrations. 

‘Happy New Year? Don’t You Dare!’ – Aceh’s Islamist Bigots 

But one might have hoped that their universities were above the general level of primitive sectarianism.

Alas, not so!

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rosnidab2 Rosnida said she and her family had been intimidated and she had been accused of “Christianizing” her students.
She said the voluntary visit to the church was part of a creative teaching method for Muslim students to understand faiths and build mutual understanding and religious tolerance.

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Rosnida Sari has been told she should apologize publicly through the media and admit she was mistaken…http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/01/10/pluralist-lecturer-told-apologize.html

She’s a lecturer in ‘gender studies’ at Ar-Raniry State Islamic University (UIN) – and it’s her university that’s recommending this course of action, not some crack-pot cleric.

So what dreadful offence did she commit?

bikinis I’d sign up for that class!

Did she have her class of young ladies frolic, scantily-clad, on one of Aceh’s splendid beaches? Or drag them off to some bawdy night-club?

 Hardly!

She took a group of Muslim girls to a local Protestant church, to visit and hold a dialogue with church ministers as part of a study tour. And in consequence of that harmless outing, she’s had DEATH THREATS!

Given the mediaeval mentality up there, unfortunately that’s not entirely surprising.

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But what is surprising, appalling, really, is that the call for an act of repentance comes not from some jihadist jerks but from her own University Senate.

If that’s the standard of academic distinction in UIN, it should be closed down. Have these people no concept of what education, never mind academic freedom, means?

Here’s their excuse for the stalinoid ‘recommendation,’as told by Rani  Usman, UIN Propagation and Communication School dean. She says it’s aimed at saving Rosnida and calming the situation as there was pressure from various circles less familiar with the situation trying to take advantage of the situation.

So UIN is caving in to Dark Age dimwits? Sheer fear?

Partly, maybe, but in fact they’re playing the same benighted game, deploying ‘re-education’ as nastily as the Reds did when South Vietnam fell to totalitarian communism.

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The UIN management will also provide religious guidance and counseling to Rosnida during her suspension from academic duties.

That dictatorial diktat is still so far only a recommendation. It’s up to UIN Rector H. Farid Wajdi Ibrahim to implement it. But Pak Farid may not be such an appeasement-addict as his senators.  He acknowledges that Rosnida’s action was not an academic violation.

“It is commonplace for academics to conduct a comparative study to houses of worship because we also have courses related to Christology…Freedom in the academic field must be upheld.”

Bravo! So he’s not going to carry out the intolerant repressive recommendation? Depends if he has the guts to stand up to the forces of darkness…Farid said the university had received pressure from various parties to impose sanctions on Rosnida.

Basically, the Rector is hedging his bets. “Let’s cool down first.”

What’s to cool?

It seems “there are two different perspectives in the case, academic and social,” and Farid explains how the Aceh community could not yet accept such matters socially.

Actually, the Aceh community does not always seem to be unanimous about the awful rules forced on them. We’ve reported resistance more than once. 

Vive La Resistance! Brave Muslims Defy Kill-Joy Clerics! 

Resistance in Aceh – Citizens Oppose Shariah Oppression! 

Aceh Teens Fight Back – Shariah Goons Skedaddle! 

It’s the intolerant clique in power that’s obnoxious in every way. Islamist Mayor – We Know Where You Live! Submit to Indoctrination OR ELSE! 

I began writing on this scandal with some anger, but end it with a certain sadness, a genuine sense of pity for not only the lecturer terrorised by death threats and betrayed by her colleagues, but also for Farid.

I reckon the Rector is a fundamentally decent man – trapped by fate in territory controlled by a cruel ideology not dissimilar to that which rules in Vietnam or Cuba or North Korea.

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But you never know till you’re on the spot.