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Indonesia: The week in review – Violence on Idul Adha


Some may wonder how the home minister might respond if one day mosques are forced to close in predominantly Christian regions such as East Nusa Tenggara, or in Bali, where the overwhelming majority of its residents follow Balinese Hinduism.

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int’l Desk
Source/Credit: The Jakarta Post
By  Editorial Excerpts | October 28, 2012

As most Muslims in Indonesia peacefully observed Idul Adha on Friday, about 200,000 of their fellow citizens marked the end of the haj pilgrimage in Mecca. Meanwhile, in Bandung, West Java, members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) chose their own way to celebrate the holiday: The infamous hard-line group attacked a usual target — members of the minority Ahmadiyah sect, prohibiting them from slaughtering animals, as is the tradition on the Islamic Day of Sacrifice

Once again, the FPI has tarnished the image of Islam in Indonesia. And the police clearly had no courage to enforce the law against thugs who have blatantly and regularly broken the law while assaulting other groups in the name of their narrow view of Islam.

In the meantime, the closure of churches was greeted as business as usual by Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi. Speaking at the Presidential Office, the minister insisted that the authorities in Aceh correctly exercised their authority when shuttering nine churches in the province.

The closures come as no surprise, given the extremely conservative interpretation of Islam observed in Aceh. However, such actions have, regretfully, become commonplace throughout the nation, as local governments move to close the places of worship for Christians and minority Muslim sects on a regular basis.

Some may wonder how the home minister might respond if one day mosques are forced to close in predominantly Christian regions such as East Nusa Tenggara, or in Bali, where the overwhelming majority of its residents follow Balinese Hinduism.

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