Women Fight ‘Scholar’-Blessed FGM In Indonesia!

An excellent article in the usually very readable Indonesia Expat magazine this week…



An interesting magazine, not only because of the beauties often featured


…reminding us of the baneful influence of the MUI, the Indonesian Council of ‘Scholars,’ who are subsidised by the state and issue fatwas about all sorts of issues, some of which cause amusement, like that against yoga, but others genuinely alarming.

We’ve had to report on their intolerant outbursts too many times.

 Bali Hindu King – Don’t Kill Our Cows! Muslim ‘Scholars’ – Get Lost!!  

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

Much of the misery inflicted on the utterly inoffensive Ahmadi creed arose after the MUI diktat branding them heretics.

“Mohon Ma’af?” Blasphemous Brutes Vandalise Depok Mosque! 

The ‘scholars’ express views that often echo the most appalling aspects of backward Islamist ‘thinking.’

We’ve often covered one example of that…


Syamsul Maarif,  General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta

“If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said. 

  • What’s remarkable, too, is that, despite President Jokowi’s campaign slogans calling for a ‘Mental Revolution’ across the archipelago, his government has not yet heeded women’s demands ban this abhorrent mutilation.

  • As Angela explains –

  • In 2006 the government tried to ban the practice, a move that proved unsuccessful and was lifted.

  • That was during the term of Jokowi’s predecessor, SBY, whose presidency also saw religious discrimination made state policy with the Tri-Ministerial Decree.

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  • The Ahmadis have long been persecuted in the country, with the government issuing a joint ministerial decree banning their activities in 2008.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/06/24/ahmadiyah-mosque-in-depok-vandalized-ahead-of-idul-fitri.html

  • That has never yet been revoked.

  • So will the President do the right thing and outlaw FGM?

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  • I wonder.