My kampong [village] lies in the suburbs of Surabaya, the second biggest city in Indonesia. Densely packed in a narrow alley, it consists of more than forty houses, stacked like logs, with no gaps at all to sneak in between. A handful of residents work for the government or public schools; some run small household shops. Most residents are Muslim, except for three families who are Christian.
A handful of plants provide us with green, but just down the road scattered stores have been soaring: a big franchise department store, a gas station, banks with long rows of automatic teller machines and facilities that make us feel like a small part of growing Indonesia.
When we first moved here, it seemed ideal. There were only twelve families; they got together at events; we felt close. Communal meetings were held each month; the host would prepare snacks and even sometimes meals. If one of us were in the nearby hospital, we would usually drive together in groups to pay a visit after collecting small contributions to give the sick person. Only one lady, a convert to Islam, wore a headscarf; others only wore it when necessary: at public meetings, celebrations, or Independence Day, August 17.
Presiding judge Muhammad Sirad ruled on 7 March, that the three men had “tarnished one of the religions in Indonesia deliberately in public”, referring in particular to Islam. In his verdict statement, he said that the movement “contradicted and offended Islamic values held by most Indonesian citizens”.
Just think, if the recommendations from M103 are ever turned into legislation Canadians will be able to riot and burn churches with impunity just like other Muslim nations!
“The Pork Festival bothers us Muslims in Semarang. That’s why we want the committee to cancel the festival and focus on the Imlek celebration. The event will still have pork stalls but they have to be closed off from the public eye,” Danang Ansoru, spokesman of the Semarang Islam Congregation Forum (FUIS), said Friday evening.
At the start of his blasphemy trial earlier this month, Jakarta’s Christian, ethnic Chinese governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama fought back tears as he told a court why he couldn’t possibly have intentionally insulted Islam, pointing out that he was reared by an adoptive Muslim family.
“My [biological] father and my adoptive father vowed to be brothers until the end,” testified the governor, universally known as Ahok. “The love of my adoptive parents for me has inspired me to this day.”
INDONESIAN police killed two suspected Islamist militants in a house in West Java on Sunday, a police spokesman said, in the latest in a series of raids aimed at preventing planned attacks in the Muslim-majority nation.
Two men had been arrested in Cibinong, in West Java, and led police to a house nearby, at the Jatiluhur dam, where two other men were found, national police spokesman Awi Setiyono said.
“They were told to surrender, but they refused and tried to attack officers with machetes, so we fired warning shots. When they still approached, we shot them,” Setiyono said. He earlier said that a gunbattle had occurred.
The Islamist push for a ban on extramarital sex runs counter to the nation’s more liberal sexual practices
Until 2014, Indonesian pilgrims seeking good fortune in the world of business would partake in an ancient tradition: sex with a stranger, at least seven times, at the tomb of Prince Samodra on Mount Kemukus. The practice arose from the Kebatinan belief system – a Javanese blend of animistic, Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic ideals – but was banned by the Central Java governor, who saw it as hazardous to health and morals.
The prohibition of this salacious, and admittedly rather extreme, sexual tradition was an early indicator of a religiously inspired fervour that would soon stretch across the archipelagic nation, where self-appointed upholders of moral standards are increasingly intervening in the private lives of Indonesian citizens.
In one of the most sweeping recent attempts to control people’s sexuality, Indonesia’s constitutional court is now considering outlawing extra-marital sex in Southeast Asia’s most populous state.
A new Malay language video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Incite the Believers to the Fight 2” features the footage of the Secret Service rushing President-Elect Donald Trump off a Reno, Nevada rally stage after Austyn Crites was dubbed an “apparent threat.”
The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on November 30. The footage of Trump comes at 2:30 after a segment about Asian world leaders participating in the American-led Operation Inherent Resolve, which is currently fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Violence between protesters and police in Jakarta broke out Friday night, November 4, 2016, when an estimated 200,000 Muslims emerged from Friday prayers in mosques to rally outside the Indonesian president’s palace. Clashes with police led to tear gas being used on demonstrators, and Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, had to postpone his planned visit to Australia to deal with the crisis.
The crowd was calling for the arrest of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, the ethnic Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta, which is Indonesia’s capital and the largest city in the world’s fourth most populous nation.
JAKARTA: A toddler died Monday (Nov 14) after being injured in a Molotov cocktail attack on an Indonesian church, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the Muslim-majority country.
Two-year-old Intan Olivia Marbun was among four small children hurt when an attacker wearing a t-shirt with the word “jihad” on it threw explosives at the church on Borneo island Sunday from a motorbike.
The youngsters, aged between two and four, had been playing in the car park of the church in the city of Samarinda at the time of the attack.
THE streets of the Indonesian capital on Friday were flooded with tens of thousands of hardline Muslim protesters demanding the arrest of its minority-Christian governor who they allege has committed blasphemy.
Security forces, including the police and the military, beefed up operations days ahead of the protests in Jakarta to prevent violence, while shops and embassies closed throughout the day with the city’s usually-congested roads almost devoid of vehicles.
According to the Associated Press, the predominantly male demonstrators – most of whom wearing white shirts and skull caps – amassed at the Istiqlal Mosque for the protest following weekly Friday prayers and marched to the nearby presidential palace.
…The accusation of blasphemy (is) against Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese and minority Christian who is an ally of the country’s president…