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  • ross1948 11:54 on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ramadhan Begins! Sectarian Reminders Issued! 


    “Based on all the input we received, we decided that the first day of Ramadhan will fall on Monday, June 6,” Lukman Hakim told reporters at a press conference.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/05/indonesia-declares-ramadhan-beginsmonday.html

    I do wish my Muslim friends and neighbours a Happy Ramadhan.

    But off we go again, those silly little curtains erected across the front of street food stalls, like my little warteg where I usually go for a filling two-dollar lunch…

    warteg

    ….

    ...a peculiar fanatic folly, as if passing Muslims will forget their fasting if they catch sight of me tucking into perkadel, tempe, tahu pare, etc.

    In fact, it will enhance their virtuous self-denial if they see me eating, because what sort of commitment to abstinence is it, what sort of will-power do they need to muster, if alternatives are hidden from their gaze?

    The same point arises in respect of Lukman’s further words.

    The minister also called on owners of entertainment businesses, especially nightclubs, to temporarily close or adjust the running of their businesses during Ramadhan to respect the fasting month.

    Why on earth should they close?

    That’s not ‘respect’ but a kow-tow!

    Not every Muslim feels like experiencing a month of tedium. And Jakarta has large minorities of Christians, Buddhists etc. who are not fasting at all!

    As mentioned in past posts, the late President Gus Dur, a noted Islamic scholar, had a healthier perspective, viz.

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    • gus dur fasting

    ‘If we fasting Muslims want respect, let us also respect those who aren’t fasting.’

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    In other words, live and let live!

    If you don’t want to eat and drink and have fun, fine, but it’s outrageous to tell others, who do want to carry on as normal, that they may not.

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    Minister of Religion Lukman

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    • Lukman is a fairly sensible minister, a huge improvement on his predecessor, the notorious Suryadharma Ali, whom we used to report on all too often.

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    Good Indonesians Denounce ArchBigot Ali’s Latest Intolerant Outburst

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    But whatever Lukman thinks himself, he has many intolerants to reckon with, not merely the IslamoNazi hoodlum gangs like the FPI…

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    IslamoNazi FPI louts practicing devout introspection at a previous Ramadhan

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    …but also the state-sponsored self-styled ‘scholars’ of the MUI, whose leaders talk against violence but can then engage in verbal diarrhoea like this. .

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

    So we just have to put up with the sectarian shut-downs, though not without complaint – I’ll be recording some of the antics in the weeks ahead.

    But here’s what’s most disturbing about Lukman’s statement.

    “I also remind the media to support the government’s mission to preserve harmony during the holy month,” he added.

    Well, some of the media are under year-round censorship here. Even the film ‘Noah’ was outlawed…

    Noah’ Banned – Who’s Next? State Censors or Sectarian Enforcers? 

    … and in the past, the MUI have used the state censor board as a cypher to apply their prudery.

    Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

    But exactly what does the Minister means about the media’s role?

    That merits further study. I’ll be back. 

     
  • ross1948 20:51 on November 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Noah, Bogor, 28th November 


     
  • ross1948 13:49 on February 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Konser Noah, Bandung, February – At Least HE’S Not Banned! 


    The film Noah was banned here....

    Noah’ Banned – Who’s Next? State Censors or Sectarian Enforcers? 

    ...under that weirdo censorship regime that we have often noted before…

    Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

    .. but the band Noah is not.

    And they are very popular, despite, or perhaps partially because of, the outrageous imprisonment of their lead singer Ariel, in a trial subsequently acknowledged by one of the judges as having been influenced by the howling sectarian rabids who had it in for the young man. 

    Bandung Judge Fesses Up – Islamonazi Goon Squads Influenced Ariel Verdict 

    So as a mark of favour, I provide details of one of their forthcoming concerts, in the very city where Ariel’s persecution was enacted.

     

    Jadwal Konser Noah Januari-Desember 2015

    Noah 

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    Please note, dates and venues can change. Check out all info whilst making plans.

    Rabu, 18 Februari 2015
    Venue : Sasana Budaya Ganesha, Bandung

     

     
  • ross1948 07:55 on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Red Kill-Joys Go Nuts About Beautiful Breasts! 


    I see the Communist dictatorship in Beijing has cracked down on cleavage.  That debauched old tyrant Mao Tse Tung was heavily into sex orgies, but his heirs still glorify his memory, veiling his sins from their subjects.

    Yet they see nothing amiss in censoring these rather splendid ladies, not for anything immoral but simply for adding a most agreeable – and very non-ideological – dimension to that Maoist slogan about a ‘Great Leap Forward!’  

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    Reports on the BBC this morning say Chinese viewers are up in arms, long used to the despots’ refusal to let any dissenting political voice be seen or heard on the media, but affronted by the red censors’ suppression of beauty.

    Here in Jakarta, we have long suffered similarly inane interference from kill-joys.

    Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

      It is a constant irritation to see not only splendid busts obscured by an opaque rectangle on the tv screens, but also shots which include people enjoying a drink or a cigarette.

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    The clowns even banned the film ‘Noah’ to appease uptight sectarians.

    The only good thing that arises from all this nonsense is that ordinary people, especially younger people, DO feel affronted, and this gradually engenders antagonism to the ideologies – whether Marxist or Islamist – seen to be responsible.

    http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/7th-century-cleavage-too-controversial-for-chinese-tv–xyPqGhbH9g

     
    • JazPen 08:43 on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like it better when you post things like this in the morning instead of midnight, Ross.

      It is always pleasant to view something, or somethings, like these, over breakfast.

      Like

    • ario 11:37 on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good points!

      Like

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