Just heading out to meet somebody for lunch, but have been persuing the news, much of which I missed in recent days, due to a crowded partying schedule.
So President Jokowi had a meeting with his German counterpart Joachim Gauck in Jakarta last week?
Whilst we must weigh Jokowi’s words about how Indonesia is an example of how Islam, democracy and tolerance could go hand in hand. against his actions, or inactions – the government’s refusal to enforce the Supreme Court ruling on the right of West Java’s Christians to worship unmolested in their own churches….
….and Jokowi’s failure to repeal the infamous Tri-Ministerial Decree that grotesquely discriminates against the Ahmadis, I still believe he is personally tolerant.
But alas, there is shocking intolerance, notably expressed recently in Bandung, where a Christian pre-Christmas service was broken up by IslamoNazi hoodlums –http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/12/10/christians-in-indonesia-refuse-to-give-in-to-fear.html
– and not that long ago in Jakarta itself…
Gramedia’s Hitlerite book-burning
….when a major publishing company, Gramedia, enthusiastically joined in a Hitlerian bookburning staged by Islamist fanatics.
But since we’re told the chat encompassed democracy too, Jokowi may have had something to teach Herr Gauck, on that subject – because they also discussed the issue of the death penalty…
While rape and murder at the hands of undesirable aliens has been hitting the headlines in Germany this year –Police Chief Blames Merkel Migrant Policy for Teenage Girl Murder … – Mama Stasi’s Government has ignored one obvious step to take to deal with such atrocities.
On capital punishment, she is morally obliged at least to give German voters a referendum on the subject.
Jokowi’s determination to retain the death penalty is safely anchored in the overwhelmingly support for proper punishments among Indonesians of walks of life, except perhaps some media creeps and ‘intellectuals.’
It’s just a pity he doesn’t use it more often, on terrorists…
…instead of narrowly focusing on drug crime.
Who knows, the German visitor may have gone home with fresh insights into how democracy works. At the moment, it’s not working very well in Germany.
In his statement, President Gauck said Jokowi was a progressive President who had moved Indonesia’s politics and economy forward. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/19/jokowi-meets-with-german-president-discusses-death-penalty.html