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  • February 7, 2013

    Sharia Law Swallowing Indonesia

    by Mohshin Habib, GATESTONE

    Indonesia, once a country of diversity, is now becoming a place for one-way Islam.

    Although Indonesia, “the world largest Muslim country” with an 87% Muslim population, was once considered a moderate Muslim country, day by day it has been leaning more and more towards conservative Islam and Sharia laws. Initiated in 2009, bylaws in the light of Sharia rulings were implemented that conflict with the values of human rights, and are creating a difficult land for minorities to live in.

    Indonesian Aceh province authorities recently launched an initiative, despite opposition from human rights activists, to ban women from straddling motorcycle when riding behind a man. Suaidi Yahia, mayor of Lhokseumawe, the second large city of the province, said to the Associated Press, “It is improper for women to sit astride. We implement Islamic law here.” He later said, “women sitting on motorbikes must not sit astride: it will provoke the male drivers.” Instead, they allow women to sit sidesaddle, which is dangerous on a motorcycle.


    The objectives of the local authorities were apparently to prevent “showing a woman’s curves;” it is against Islamic teachings, Yahia went on to say, unless it is an emergency. In a notice distributed to the government offices and villages of northern Aceh, they added that women are not allowed to hold onto the driver.

    Last year, the mayor of Tasikmalaya in West Java proposed to veil all women, including non-Muslims. Mayor Syarif Hidayat vowed to implement Sharia law, to repay Muslim leaders who backed his election victory. The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is serving his second term, also relies on the support of Muslim political parties.

    Sharia law is spreading throughout all of the provinces of Indonesia; citizens are enacting their own variations of Islamic laws, and applying then to non-Muslims as well.

    Although Western leaders have praised Indonesia as a model of “Muslim democracy,” as Muslims become more intolerant of its Christian minority, the increased Islamization of Indonesia renders these Christians more vulnerable. A few days ago, six Catholic schools in East Java finally gave in to a local ordinance that requires all Muslim students to be able to read and write Koranic verses, and said it will provide Islamic lessons for their Muslim students.

    The head of the Ministry Office of Religious Affairs, Imam Mukhlis, told the Jakarta Post that the six schools had finally agreed to provide Islamic teachers for their Muslim students. Earlier the Blitar City Administration of East Java threatened to close down the six Catholic schools for their refusal to provide Islamic lessons to their Muslim students. In 2006, President Susilo tightened criteria for building a house of worship. More than 400 churches have been closed since he took office in 2004. The notorious Bali terrorist attack, as well as restrictions on hotels, bars, embassies, have all derived from these decade-long efforts of Islamization. By 2010, Indonesia had over 150 religiously motivated regulations restricting minorities’ rights.

    It is not only governmental initiatives that are disrupting the lives of Christians, Shiite Muslims, Bahais, Ahmadiyyans, Sufis and atheists. Individuals and groups have been engaging in terroristic attacks against non-Sunni Muslims. In August 2011, Muslim militants burned down three Christian churches on Sumatra. In an attack, in west Java in February 2011, three Ahmadiyyans were killed. A cameraman recorded the scene, posted on YouTube. In September 2010, Islamist militants burned down two churches, and stabbed an elderly Christian as he tried to defend the third site.

    Western leaders need to understand that Indonesia, under its current government, can no longer be labeled a Muslim country that is risk-free for religious minorities. Even though, after exceptional international pressure, Indonesia’s government cracked down on an the Al Qaeda affiliated group Jemaah Islamiyah, it has not yet even tried to apprehend other Islamist militants committing crimes against religious minorities. Indonesia, once a country of diversity, is now becoming a place for one-way Islam.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:24 pm | 6 Comments »

    6 Comments to Sharia Law Swallowing Indonesia

    1. Canadian Otter says:

      MEANWHILE IN GERMANY

      Minority German children bullied by Muslims in their own schools – teachers are afraid to discuss it openly and reproach the Muslim bullies, lest they come under immediate general suspicion of being against foreigners – Cultural Marxists and liberals prefer to let their children grow up shy and socially inept than to risk fomenting “xenophobia” by openly discussing this scandal. They seem to be prepared to throw even their kids under the bus. – Some families move away closer to a different school. – Do native Europeans have to leave their homes and cities to make way for Muslim immigrants? Many British people choose to go and live abroad and not just for the climate. Is this the future of Europe, or lack thereof? – http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/minority-german-children-bullied-by-muslims-in-their-own-schools.html

      AND IN THE UK

      “The police cannot stop us, the kuffar cannot stop us. We are coming to implement Islam immediately…We will implement Islam upon your own necks” – Muslim thugs are roaming the streets of London, enforcing Sharia by means of threats and intimidation — harassing people drinking alcohol and uncovered women. – “We are in East London, we are in South London, we are in North London… the police cannot stop us, the khuffar [sic] cannot stop us. We are coming to implement Islam immediately. Anyone who tries to stop us, we will take their alcohol, we will tell the women to cover up, and we will implement Islam upon your own necks [sic] David Cameron.” – http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/uk-the-police-cannot-stop-us-the-kuffar-cannot-stop-us-we-are-coming-to-implement-islam-immediatelyw.html

    2. Canadian Otter says:

      AND IN AUSTRIA

      Press Council condemns Journalists for discrimination against Muslims – Reporters offer to do free work for Muslim charities to redeem themselves. http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.ca/2013/02/austria-repentant-journalists-offer-to.html

      Barely any students with German as mother tongue in Vienna – The district in Vienna where this is most blatantly visible is Margareten, where the proportion of immigrant children has risen to 89 % http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.ca/2013/01/babel-on-danube.html

    3. Eric R. says:

      Israel will have to work on longer range missiles so her nukes can reach Jakarta. :-)

      In all seriousness, if I am Singapore, with Indonesia to the south and Malaysia to the north, I’d be very worried right now. No wonder their army is modeled after Israel’s.

    4. Bernard Ross says:

      the west better wake up or it will be too late. If the euros ever wake up early enough I would not be surprised if their old habits reappear vs the muslims. the civillized euros are capable of the worst, but only that will save them at that point. Or they can buy burkas and headscarves, after all, when in rome?

    5. Eric R. says:

      Bernard Ross Said:

      the west better wake up or it will be too late. If the euros ever wake up early enough I would not be surprised if their old habits reappear vs the muslims. the civillized euros are capable of the worst, but only that will save them at that point. Or they can buy burkas and headscarves, after all, when in rome?

      Europe is too far gone. And why would Europe want to stop the Muslims anyway? They share the same goal — a Judenrein planet.

    6. birdalone says:

      I was in Jakarta in 1997, on business. In my research, I noted that Mattel made Barbie Dolls in Indonesia – have no idea if that is still the case. And, volcanoes often disrupt supply chains.

      btw, Aceh has been an Islamist former sultanate since before 1330-ish when Ibn Battuta landed there.
      Elsewhere in Indonesia, hard to believe Sharia has a real chance.

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