The MUI – Belligerence Is Bad News!

The MUI (Indonesian Ulema Council) has a Religious Harmony Council.


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  • I know this because its top man, Yusuf Yusnar, is in the news deploring the cover of the special anniversary issue of  Charlie Hebdo. It has on its cover, so I’m told, God, as an old man carrying weapons and covered in blood.

I dare say this is offensive to many people of all religions.

Equally offensive to many people of all religions, and of none, is the photo of the Hizbut Tahrir bigot gang’s protest posters, which whine about ‘insults to the prophet being the shape of democratic freedoms.’

You can see those via the link, but here’s another one from a while ago…



“Charlie Hebdo, Proof of the Rotten-ness of Democracy”


…But it’s Yusnar’s take on religion in Indonesia that captivates me. The Hebdo   charges were reckoned to generalize Islam as belligerent and not liking peace. 

Yusnar argues that it’s not like that in Indonesia.

Harmony, he said, can be established, even with people of different beliefs….

“Yes, of course Charlie Hebdo cannot not generalize that all religious life leads to violence,” he said.

Well, they can, rightly or wrongly. That’s press freedom, whether the MUI likes it or not.

Not, would be the answer, because they have a foul record on censorship – Nazi-style book-burning, actually, committed in consort with the twerps who run Gramedia, one of the largest publishing companies here, which owns many media, including the pretend-pluralist Jakarta Post.

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Gramedia’s Hitlerian book-burning

————————————–Read all about that here -–Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 


For sure, all religious life does not lead to violence. But forgive me if I look askance at the Republika page. 

Or rather at the MUI.

Have they expelled hateful fanatics like Al Khatthath who wanted an innocent atheist executed?


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Have they given up setting the cops on religious dissenters?


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Or denouncing the inoffensive Ahmadiyah as ‘heretics?




Have they condemned, or at least disowned, ignorant savages who think ‘apostates’ and ‘blasphemers’ should be put to death?

Most Muslims here in Indonesia, most Indonesians of all creeds, are decent folk, who find such conduct as unpleasant as I do. They don’t exhibit belligerence, except maybe when crowding aboard public transport! 

But the belligerence which emanates from leading figures in the MUI?

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

Jakarta Islamist ‘Scholars’ – Adultery, Co-Habiting? Stoning and Whipping! 

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

Enough to enliven a hundred Charlie Hebdo covers!