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September 16, 2009 Adultery in Aceh: The latest sign of creeping Shariah By Sadanand Dhume Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203917304574414111062066186.html From the Indonesian province of Aceh—epicenter of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami five years ago that killed 230,000 people—comes fresh evidence that in the Muslim world, the most common disasters tend to be man-made. On Monday, the provincial parliament stiffened its interpretation of Shariah law by introducing the classical Islamic penalty of stoning to death for adultery. Premarital sex and homosexuality drew a lighter rebuke; for them, the pious lawmakers recommend 100 strokes of a rattan cane. The news from Aceh, the recipient of billions of dollars in international aid, challenges two widely held beliefs: First, that Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, is somehow immune to the blend of puritanical piety and Islamist politics that over the past 35-odd years has disfigured Muslim communities from Morocco to Mindanao. Second, that moderate Muslims—those who interpret their faith in personal rather than political terms—have the will and the intellectual firepower to beat back a well-organized and motivated Islamist minority. Even in a country that’s 88% Muslim, Aceh, known as “Mecca’s verandah” for its historic role as a staging point for hajj pilgrims, stands out. Politically, the area was an independent kingdom for much of its history and today enjoys an unusual degree of autonomy from Jakarta. Religiously it’s distinct, too. In the 17th century, the then independent sultanate came under the sway of Nuruddin ar-Raniri, a zealous scholar and book burner from India, who gave the local brand of Islam a dour cast. In the 1950s, Aceh was a center of the Darul Islam rebellion against the central government. From the mid-1970s onward the Free Aceh Movement, known by its Indonesian acronym GAM, blended economic grievances with a sense of separateness based partly on a deeper connection to Islam and lead an insurgency against Jakarta. Since 1999, the Indonesian government has attempted to blunt pro-independence sentiment by allowing the Acehnese to implement Shariah law. But it was only with the signing of a peace agreement between GAM rebels and Jakarta four years ago that Acehnese Islamism came into its own. Antivice squads began rounding up bareheaded women and unmarried sweethearts. Clerics mandated public flogging for sipping a beer or failing to down a shop’s shutters for Ramadan prayers. Would-be canoodlers quickly found the province’s once-popular beaches off limits. Stoning adulterers is only the next logical step. Those who believe that the rest of Indonesia cannot go the way of Aceh tend to highlight the historical and cultural differences between the Acehnese and the country’s dominant linguistic group, the 90-million strong Javanese. Indonesia is shielded by a 1,000-year Hindu-Buddhist past, a nonsectarian constitution and a largely moderate population. But Aceh, for all the distinctiveness of its past, also mirrors a broad nationwide shift toward orthodox piety and acceptance of the medieval norms enshrined in Shariah. Across the archipelago local governments have begun to mandate dress codes for women. In some parts of the country citizens can’t obtain a marriage license or admission to a state school without proving that they can read the Koran. Last year, the Muslim Brotherhood knock-off, the Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, spearheaded a Shariah-inspired “antipornography” bill that encourages vigilantism and criminalizes aspects of non-Muslim cultures. Mobs have attacked mosques belonging to the “heretical” Ahmadiyya Muslim community and “illegal” house churches. To be sure, the Islamist effort has not gone unopposed. Groups such as the Liberal Islamic Network, the path-breaking Libforall Foundation helmed by former president Abdurrahman Wahid, and assorted women’s groups have pushed back. Yet while their efforts are worth lauding, they also suffer from a fatal flaw. Extremists and moderates are free to quibble over the interpretation of Koranic verses and the life of the prophet Muhammad, but any public criticism of Islam itself is out of bounds. The Spaniard who supports contraception and gay rights can flatly declare that he doesn’t care what the Bible says or what the Pope thinks. An Indonesian who says the same about the Koran and the prophet Muhammad invites charges of “Islamophobia” and threats of violence. Until this changes and Indonesian secularists begin to enjoy the same freedom to criticize religion as their counterparts in the United States, India or South Korea, they will continue to fight with one hand tied behind their back. Because of the province’s unique history, Indonesia watchers often dismiss Aceh as peripheral to the larger debate about the country’s struggle with Islamism. The opposite is true. Aceh’s swift descent toward barbarism is proof that making concessions to Islamists whets rather than sates their appetite. More broadly, the difficulty Acehnese face in speaking out against laws made in the name of Islam underscores the challenge of defending human rights against a backdrop of rising piety. Unless Indonesians can learn to criticize faith in purely secular terms—to treat allegedly divine revelation and its clerical interpreters with skepticism rather than automatic deference—they may soon discover that their westernmost province is merely a few steps ahead of the rest of the country along the same slippery slope toward Shariah. Mr. Dhume is a Washington, D.C. based writer and the author of “My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2009). Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized Tags: aceh, sharia, syariah September 16, 2009 Qanun Jinayat’s (Islamic Law) Judicial application needs to be specified Translated from: http://serambinews.com/news/qanun-jinayat-perlu-diatur-teknis-hukumnya Banda Aceh – In the wake of Qanun Jinayat (Islamic Law) and Qanun Hukum Acara Jinayat (Islamic Law’s Application) legislation by the DPRA (Aceh’s House of Representative) in DPRA’s Meeting, Monday (14/9), Chairman of Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK), Prof. Dr. Mahfud MD said that the judicial application of this law needs to be specified so as not to create problems in the future. Among the articles of the law, article 24 section 1, regulates the punishment for adultery: Married men and women, if proven of adultery, will be punished by stoning to the death – punishment to be conducted in public place. Single men and women who commit the same crime will be lashed 100 times each. Speaking of the contents of both regulations, Mahfud is on the opinion that both laws need further regulation of the judicial aspects and the execution aspects, before Aceh Sharia Court tried any case. Mahfud stated so when answering questions from Serambi reporters when he was visiting Serambi headquarters in Meunasah Manyang, Ingin Jaya district, Aceh Besar, Tuesday (15/9). Mahfud visited Aceh to socialize the amendment of Constitution (UUD 45). He was accompanied by Constitutional Judge, Dr Akil Mochtar, Secretary General MK, Janedjri M Gaffar, Post Graduate Assistant Director IAIN (State Islamic Institute) Ar-Raniry, Prof Dr Syahrizal Abbas, and Lecturer of Sharia Law Faculty IAIN Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Dr Hamid Sarong MH. While Serambi was represented by Chief Editor, Mawardi Ibrahim, Director Mohd Din, editors, and reporters, including Prohaba, Tabloid Kontras, and Radio Serambi FM.. Earlier, Mahfud also tested a thesis of a Doctorate candidate in IAIN Ar-Raniry which writes about qanun (law) in Aceh. Judicially, Mahfud said, there is still problems in applying both the qanun. “The application need to be reviewed so the punishment will be more civilized and humane,” he further stated. He stated, the legality of laws are measured by three aspects: philosophy, sociology, and judicial. From the philosophical and sociological aspects, the new laws fits Acehnese life, since they want and need the laws. Furthermore, the laws conform to Law No. 11/2006 from UUPA (Aceh’s Provincial Law). “Because these laws are demanded by Acehnese, then they have to benefit the people,” said Mahfud. From judicial point of view, however, there could be problems. For instance, the laws will contradict with KUHP (Secular-Criminal Law), because the definition of adultery in KUHP is different with that in Qanun Jinayat. Besides that, there is a Law adagium that states that should there be two laws or punishment of a crime, then the one applied on the convicted felon is the least harsh (the lighter) one. Mahfud is worried that in the future there will be people who prefer the punishment stated in the KUHP because it is lighter than the one in Qanun. “I haven’t read the two laws myself. But I heard that the consideration of the laws is based on the Quran, the hadith and UUD 45 Constitution, without mentioning which article. This will involve judicial technicality as well, if the Supreme Court’s decision contradict the qanun, does it mean the Supreme Court contradict the Quran and the Hadith? This will be a serious problem in the future,” said Mahfud half jokingly. Despite that, Mahfud said that both the qanuns can already be applied for all muslims in Aceh. However, if there are people who oppose the laws, they can request a judicial review to the Supreme Court (MA). “That’s the official procedure,” said Mahfud. Beneficial Constitutional Judge, Akil Mokhtar, said that the qanun is beneficial for Acehnese and muslims living in Aceh. Because the qanun was made to satisfy the demand of Acehnese stated in UUPA, and even before that, in Aceh Autonomy Law (Law No. 18/2001). When asked whether the application of Qanun Jinayat – which includes stoning to the death – will invite strong reaction from international Human Rights organizations, Akil answered that Indonesia as a sovereign country has the autonomy in applying civilized regulations, including Islamic Law. So it will not be wrong if in Aceh, Indonesians make laws such as these. “However I dare not make predictions on its effect on economy,” said Akil. He further reminded that international community recognized several positive laws such as Continental, Anglo Saxon, and Islamic Law. So if Aceh, which have Sharia Law in force since 2002, now produced Qanun Jinayat with all the consequences, then everybody must respect it as the choice of Acehnese. Regarding KKR (The Commission for Truth and Reconciliation) With regards to the Bills of KKR which has been postponed by MK in 2005 and is still waiting to be discussed in the House of Representative, Akil evaluated that the central government response is too slow. “I know that Aceh needs this KKR Bill very much, along with a number of other provinces,” he added. The discussion which started at 11:30 WIB lasted for about an hour. After that MK Chairman and the speakers visited several tsunami sites in Banda Aceh, including the once-floating PLTD (Diesel Plant) in Meuraxa district, Banda Aceh. Mahfud showed his amazement at the effect of the tsunami 2004, as the largest natural disaster which have caused the death of over 200,000 people. “In the world history of natural disaster, this disaster is the deadliest,” said the former Defense Minister. (sal) Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized September 15, 2009 Acehnese against the passing of the stoning law Translated from: http://berita.liputan6.com/daerah/200909/244226/Masyarakat.Aceh.Tolak.Pengesahan.Qanun.Rajam Liputan6.com, Banda Aceh: A number of elements of society and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Aceh rallied outside the Parliament Building of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Monday (14/9). They protested the legislators whom they think passed the qanun or provincial regulation of stoning too hastily. The protesters felt that the community was hardly involved in formulating the regulations. They further pointed out that stoning is against the Helsinki peace agreement and is a blatant disregard of woman’s rights. After the anti-qanun group dispersed, several pro-qanun students came to the Parliament House to show their support for the legalization of qanun. They carried posters stating that whoever against the qanun stoning is a common enemy. Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized Tags: aceh, indonesia, sharia, stoning September 14, 2009 Aceh passes adultery stoning law Source: BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Aceh passes adultery stoning law. Indonesia’s province of Aceh has passed a new law making adultery punishable by stoning to death, a member of the province’s parliament has said. The law also imposes severe sentences for rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling. Opponents had tried to delay the law, saying more debate was needed because it imposes capital punishment. Sharia law was partially introduced in Aceh in 2001, as part of a government offer to pacify separatist rebels. A peace deal in 2005 ended the 30-year insurgency, and many of the former rebels have now entered Aceh’s government, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from the central government in Jakarta. It needs more public consultation. We need to involve the ulemas – the Islamic clerics – in drafting the law Adnan Beuransah, Aceh Party The legislation was passed unanimously by Aceh’s regional legislature, said assembly member Bahrom Rasjid. “This law will be effective in 30 days with or without the approval of Aceh’s governor,” he said. The governor of Aceh, a former rebel with the Free Aceh Movement, is opposed to strict Sharia law. He had urged more debate over the bill. ‘Moral degradation’ Married people convicted of adultery can be sentenced to death by stoning. Unmarried people can be sentenced to 100 lashes with a cane. Muslim men in Aceh are expected to attend prayers every day Previously, Aceh’s partially-adopted Sharia law enforced Muslim dress codes and mandatory prayers. “This law is a preventive measure for Acehnese people so that they will avoid moral degradation,” said Moharriyadia, a spokesman for the Prosperous Justice Party. A new parliament will be sworn in next month, after local polls saw the moderate Aceh Party win the most seats in the provincial assembly. The Aceh Party has said it will review the law once the new parliament is sitting. “It needs more public consultation. We need to involve the ulemas – the Islamic clerics – in drafting the law,” said Adnan Beuransah, a spokesperson for the Aceh Party. About 90% of Indonesia’s 235 million people are Muslim, practising a moderate form of the religion. Leave a Comment Filed under religious terrorism September 2, 2009 Ular-ular Berbisa, Belut-belut Licin dan Harun Yahya (Richard Dawkins) Pada tahun 2006, saya adalah salah satu dari puluhan ribu sarjana akademi di seluruh dunia yang menerima, tanpa diminta dan sepenuhnya gratis, sebuah buku besar yang mewah berjudul Atlas of Creation (Peta Penciptaan) yang ditulis oleh seorang Turki pembela Muslim bernama Harun Yahya. Tesis dari buku tersebut, yang diterbitkan dalam sebelas bahasa, yaitu bahwa evolusi adalah palsu. ‘Bukti’ utama terdiri dari halaman demi halaman berisi foto-foto indah berbagai fosil hewan, dimana masing-masing fosil tersebut disertai dengan hewan modern yang setara yang disebutkan tidak berubah sama sekali sejak waktu terbentuknya fosil itu. Ini adalah buku berformat besar, buku-meja yang tebal dengan lebih dari 700 halaman high-gloss berwarna. Biaya produksi untuk buku semacam itu pastilah sangat tinggi, dan orang akan melompat terkejut bertanya-tanya darimana uang untuk memproduksinya lalu dibagi-bagikan secara gratis dalam begitu banyak eksemplar dan bahasa. Mengingat bahwa seluruh pesan yang disajikan dalam buku itu mengandalkan pada dugaan kemiripan antara binatang modern dan fosil pasangannya, saya merasa geli, ketika saya mulai membolak-balik secara acak, dan menemukan halaman 468 yang diperuntukkan bagi “belut”, satu fosil dan satu hewan modern. Tertulis dalam penjelasan gambarnya, Terdapat lebih dari 400 spesies belut dalam ordo Anguilliformes. Bahwa belut-belut itu tidak mengalami perubahan apapun dalam jutaan tahun, sekali lagi menunjukkan tidak berlakunya teori evolusi. Fosil belut yang ditunjukkan mungkin saja memang seekor belut, saya tidak yakin. Namun ‘belut’ modern yang ditunjukkan Yahya dalam foto tidak diragukan lagi bukanlah seekor belut melainkan seekor ular laut, kemungkinan jenis Laticauda yang sangat beracun (seekor belut, tentu saja, bukan ular melainkan ikan yang termasuk dalam kelas teleost). Saya belum men-scan buku itu untuk ketidaktepatan lain yang sejenis. Tetapi mengingat ini hampir merupakan halaman pertama yang saya lihat: Seberapa bernilaikah tesis buku ini yang mengatakan bahwa hewan-hewan modern tidak berubah sejak zaman pasangan fosil-fosil mereka? Secara kebetulan, pada Mei 2008 Harun Yahya, yang nama sebenarnya adalah Adnan Oktar, dihukum di sebuah pengadilan Turki untuk menjalani tiga tahun penjara “karena menciptakan sebuah organisasi ilegal untuk kepentungan pribadi” Catatan yang ditambahkan pada 8 Juli Kini saya telah melihat beberapa halaman lagi dari buku yang tidak masuk akal ini. Halaman ganda yang membentang pada halaman 54-55, 368-369, dan 414-415 semuanya diberi label ‘Crinoid’, dan semua ditujukan untuk menunjukkan betapa serupanya fosil semua crinoid kuno dengan yang modern. Hewan-hewan yang termasuk dalam divisi Crinoid adalah kerabat dekat bintang laut, anggota Echinodermata. Ketiga pemaparan itu memiliki penjelasan yang hampir sama. Ini yang tertulis pada halaman 54: Fosil crinoid yang berusia 345 juta tahun ini, identik dengan pasangan-pasangannya yang masih hidup, menjadikan teori evolusi tidak berlaku. Crinoid-crinoid yang tidak berubah selama 345 tahun membuktikan ketidakbenaran teori evolusi, menyatakan penciptaan Tuhan sebagai fakta. yahya2 Dan ketiga paparan gambar tersebut menampilkan foto berwarna indah dari crinoid-crinoid modern untuk mengilustrasikan maksudnya. Kecuali bahwa, dalam ketiga kasus itu, hewan modern yang ditunjukkan dalam foto bukan crinoid. Bahkan bukan echinodermata. Malahan bukan deuterostome (sub-kerajaan dimana echinodermata, dan kita, termasuk di dalamnya). Para pembaca yang adalah zoologist akan mengenalinya sebagai cacing annelid berbadan silinder, seekor sabellid. Pada halaman 402, terdapat empat foto fosil, dengan benar dinamai Brittlestar. Brittlestar adalah salah satu kelas utama echinodermata, selain bintanglaut, bulu babi, dan crinoid. Sekali lagi, kita menemukan kutipan penciptaan yang standar: Fosil berumur 180 juta tahun ini menunjukkan bahwa brittlestar tetap sama selama 200 juta tahun. Hewan-hewan ini, tidak ada bedanya dengan yang hidup sekarang, sekali lagi membuktikan ketidakbenaran evolusi. Disini kita tidak hanya menemukan satu tetapi dua foto hewan hidup untuk menggambarkan tidak adanya perbedaan dengan fosil-fosil. Salah satu dari hewan modern ini adalah brittlestar. Yang lainnya adalah seekor bintang laut! Anggota dari kelas echinodermata yang sama sekali lain dan jelas-jelas sangat berbeda bahkan hanya dengan melihat sekilas. Akhirnya, PZ meminta perhatian pada Pharyngula, tetapi saya menyertakan sebuah foto untuk lengkapnya. Pada halaman 244, Yahya ingin mengatakan bahwa lalat caddis tidak berubah sejak sejumlah serangga berumur 25 juta tahun terawetkan dalam batu amber. Sekali lagi, keterangannya: Makhluk-makhluk hidup ini bertahan selamat selama jutaan tahun tanpa perubahan sedikitpun pada strukturnya. Kenyataan bahwa serangga-serangga ini tidak pernah berubah adalah tanda bahwa mereka tidak pernah berevolusi. Sekarang, saatnya kita mengharapkan sesuatu yang cukup bagus saat kita melihat foto hewan modernnya. Seperti apa ‘lalat caddis’ modern itu? Seekor ikan air tawar mungkin? Seekor siput kebun? Seekor udang besar? Tidak, malah lebih bagus lagi: Seekor umpan pancing, lengkap dengan kait besi yang menyolok! Saya kewalahan untuk menyesuaikan nilai produksi buku yang mahal dan glossy ini dengan “kebodohan yang menyesakkan” yang menjadi isinya. Apakah benar kebodohan, atau hanya kemalasan – atau mungkin kesadaran sinis dari ketidakpedulian dan kebodohan pembacanya yang jadi sasarannya – kebanyakan adalah para Muslim kreasionis (yang percaya pada cerita penciptaan). Lalu darimanakah uangnya berasal? Catatan tambahan penerjemahan Ordo Anguilliformes: Ordo ikan panjang yang terdiri dari belut-belut. Semua ikan dalam ordo ini memiliki tubuh menyerupai-ular dan siripnya tidak bertulang panggul. Ordo ini termasuk juga belut air tawar (Anguilidae), belut moray (Muraenidae), dan belut conger (Congridae). (sumber: http://encyclopedia.farlex.com/order+Anguilliformes) Crinoid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crinoid Cacing Annelid : Cacing dengan tubuh silinder yang bersegmen secara internal maupun eksternal. (sumber: Wordweb dictionary) Diterjemahkan dari: http://richarddawkins.net/article,2833,UPDATED-Venomous-Snakes-Slippery-Eels-and-Harun-Yahya,Richard-Dawkins 4 Comments Filed under Terjemahan Artikel Tags: evolusi, harun yahya August 27, 2009 Naughty Restaurants subject to Inspection August 25, 2009 – 17:21 Cilegon (pos kota) – Cilegon mayor, Tb. Aat Syafa’at was outraged when he found out that his ban on opening restaurants up to 4 pm was not observed by restaurant owners. Tuesday (25/8). The mayor quickly ordered city officials to warn the restaurants. Several restaurants and fast-food outlets which remain open during the daylight will be subjected to inspection and given warning. The chief of Cilegon Public Order officials, Enang Sudrajat said that inspection will be conducted to uphold the regulation of Cilegon city, specifically Regulation no. 556.322/1547/Pol PP concerning the ban of entertainment centers, restaurants and food outlet to open in daylight during the month of Ramadhan. “Keeping in line with the regulation, all restaurants and entertainment centers must be closed during Ramadhan. They can resume their business starting 4 pm. Things will return to normal 3 days after Eid day,” said Endang. Endang further reiterated that his department will not refrain from taking strong measures. Should there still be violators then they must face the consequences which is the cancellation of their business permit. “We will be vigilant. If they do not heed our warnings, then it is possible to cancel their permit,” said Endang. It was previously reported that a number of fast food restaurants in Cilegon violated the Mayor’s decree. They remain open in daylight during Ramadhan. (haryono/B) Translated from: http://www.poskota.co.id/berita-terkini/2009/08/25/restoran-buka-siang-hari-rirazia Leave a Comment Filed under religious discrimination August 27, 2009 Special Report: Depok mayor retracts HKBP church permit In a country which embraces five official religions and claims Unity in Diversity as the state motto, people with different religions apparently continue to encounter difficulties living side by side. In the wake of a recent conflict between a Protestant church with Muslim groups and Depok administration, The Jakarta Post’s Hasyim Widhiarto compiled the following report on the problems between the majority and the minority in the municipality. Betty Sitorus, a member of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestant (HKBP) congregation in Cinere, Depok, recalls how a sudden attack in October last year had destroyed the congregation’s wish to have their own church. “Builders working on our church were taking a break when around 50 people came and asked them to leave.” Betty said. “They were all carrying wooden blocks with nails in them, threatening workers not to continue the construction of the church.” The attack was organized by the Muslim Solidarity Forum (FSUI), members of which claimed to be Muslims living in the Bukit Cinere Indah (BCI) residential complex and nearby areas. It was the second time the congregation has faced difficulties after work on the same church was stopped in 1999 following a series of protests from nearby residents. After the attack, the committee sent three letters to Depok Mayor Nurmahmudi Ismail, asking him to facilitate a dialogue. Instead of receiving any response, however, the committee unexpectedly had their church building permit (IMB) canceled by the mayor on March 27. Without their own church, the HKBP congregation, which currently comprises more than 350 families, now borrows Bahtera Allah church in Pangkalan Jati, South Jakarta. Depok, situated on Jakarta’s southern border, was once known as Catholic city with many churches. Depok was founded by Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) officer Cornelis Chasltelein, during the Dutch colonial period. The 200 square kilometer municipality is currently led by Depok Mayor Nurmahmudi who was nominated by the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and elected in 2005. Having run his administration for more than three years, Nurmahmudi, however, has faced criticism from many non-Muslim residents since it has been very difficult for them to obtain building permits for their houses of worship. The recent cancellation of the HKBP church building permit, for example, has drawn many protests from Christian communities, Muslim scholars and activists who promote pluralism in Indonesia. Ranap Sinaga, head of the advocacy group for church construction disputes at the Indonesian Communion of Churches’ (PGI) Depok chapter, said since 2007 the Christians in the city had submitted 23 applications for building permits for churches, but only six of them had been approved. “Seeing the unfriendly situation, many Christian congregations have chosen to hold off submitting other building permit applications. “Now, many *Christians in Depok* who don’t have churches prefer to hold masses or other prayers at houses, borrow other congregation’s churches or rent public halls,” he said. According to a 2006 ministerial decree, a new house of worship must have the support of at least 90 congregation members and at least 60 local residents of different faiths. It also has to obtain a recommendation from the govern-ment-sponsored Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB) before gaining final approval from the local administration. Data from Depok FKUB shows there have been 34 applications for building permits for houses of worship since 2006, but less than 10 have been approved so far. “Most of the churches we have rejected get a strong refusal from the broader community, even though their congregations have already secured the required approvals of 60 residents,” FKUB chairman Farid Hajiri said. Depok currently has a population of more than 1.4 million, 92 percent of whom are Muslim, 4.4 percent Christian and 2.4 percent Catholic. According to the Depok Religious Affairs Office, there are currently 62 churches facilitating more than 62,000 Christians and six churches for more than 30,000 Catholics in the city. The distribution of churches has also become a problem. In Sawangan district, for example, there are only four churches for 15,620 Christians – far fewer than the 22 churches in Pancoran Mas where some 9,000 Christians reside. In Beji district, some 11,300 members of the Catholic community claim to have no church in their area. Nurmahmudi had approved building applications for several churches. On various occasion, Nurmahmudi has said his decisions to approve building permits for houses of worship were aimed at preventing conflicts. Ranap said he was disappointed, saying the mayor should have played an intermediary role to settle such disputes. “Seeing this situation, there is a strong indication the mayor wants to localize the churches and perhaps limit the development of Christianity in Depok.” Noted Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra said the Depok mayor should have clarified his latest decision to revoke the HKBP church because the decision had affected not only the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the area but also Christians with the administration. (hwa) Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/06/26/special-report-depok-mayor-retracts-hkbp-church-permit.html 1 Comment Filed under religious discrimination August 27, 2009 FUI Rejects Israeli Chamber of Commerce By Republika newsroom Saturday 15 August 2009 – 19:41 Jakarta – Forum Umat Islam (FUI) urged the government to end bilateral relationship with zionist Israel. FUI found the indication that the secret relationship between the two countries is getting closer with the presence of Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. “Secretly, the Israelis opened a chamber of commerce in Jakarta when the media were busy reporting the bombing in Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot and the capture of terrorists network,” said FUI Secretary General, Muhammad Al Khathath, during a press conference of Religious Gathering themed “Reject Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia”, Saturday (15/8) in Jakarta. According to Khathath, Israeli Chamber of commerce presence in Indonesia started seven years ago. In 2001, the minister of Trade and Industry, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, signed a ministerial decree no. 23/MPP/01/2001 on 10th January 2001. The content of the decree legalize trade relations between Indonsia and Israel. The suspicion was confirmed by news in Israeli hebrew-language media, Dza Marker, which reported Israeli attempt to widen its economic network in Southeast Asia. The head of Israel Chamber of Commerce Asia Region, Ran Kohin, stated that the opening of Israeli chamber of commerce in Jakarta is a good step in the trade relations of the two countries which have been going on since several years ago. However, Khathath admitted that he still haven’t found out the chamber office’s address, which was headed by Immanuel Shahaf. Therefore FUI called on everyone who is aware of this information to reveal it. On the same occasion, FUI – a forum for Muslim Clerics, mass organizations, and political organizations, and Muslims all over Indonesia – stated their concern. The concern was reiterated by the chief of An-Nashr Institute, Munarman, and the head of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) Presidium, Jozerizal Jurnalis. “The Zionist Israel usually opened a chamber of commerce in a country as a camouflage for their intelligence,” said Munarman. Israeli bargaining power will be strengthened because they provide medical, weapons, and geothermal equipment. Munarman further warned Muslims to remain united against Israeli dominance in all fields. In another tone Joserizal explained that Israel is the enemy of the world. Speaking from his experience, Israel have conducted barbaric actions with the use of phosporic bombs and plated bombs that caused many palestinians to be crippled. Jose hoped that Indonesian Government reconsider relations with Israel. Elsewhere, the head of Ngruki Islamic School – Abu Bakar Ba’asyir – warned President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to act decisively. “If (he) can’t fight the Jews, (he’d) better canceled (his) Majlis Zikir (Islamic congregations -ed),” he said. Ba’asyir further stated that fight against the Jews must be done with arms because Allah have stated in the Quran that the Jews are the number one enemy. c84/rif Translated from: http://www.republika.co.id/berita/69703/FUI_Tolak_Kamar_Dagang_Israel Leave a Comment Filed under religious discrimination August 26, 2009 “Prince of Jihad” arrested in Indonesia THE owner of a radical Islamist website who calls himself the Prince of Jihad in his blog postings has been arrested in connection with the Jakarta hotel bombings. Counter-terror squad officers arrested Muhamad Jibril Abdurahman, alias Muhamad Ricky Ardan bin Mohammad Iqbal, near Jakarta late yesterday and also raided the office of his website, Arrahmah.com, a police spokesman said. Police believe the Pakistan-educated suspect helped channel funds from abroad to finance the July 17 twin suicide bombings on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people, including six foreigners. The source of the funds is not known, but police have said they are investigating whether the money came from al-Qaeda brokers in the Middle East, among other possible donors. Muhamad Jibril is well-known in Indonesian radical circles as a publicist of extremist material, and is the son of a firebrand Islamist cleric who has been linked in the past to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional terror network. In addition to the website, he edited a publication called Jihadmagz which espoused jihad or “holy war” against the West. “He chose his jihad path through working in the media. He felt there were many Muslims who were being suppressed everywhere and there was a war of thoughts,” Indonesian extremism analyst Noor Huda Ismail said. Police said Muhamad Jibril was an accomplice of Saudi national Al Khalil Ali, who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of smuggling money from abroad to pay for the attacks. Muhamad Jibril, believed to be aged in his mid-20s, is the son of Indonesian cleric Abu Jibril who was arrested in Malaysia in 2001 on suspicion of being a senior JI member. The father was deported to Indonesia where he served about five months in jail for using a forged passport. He now runs a website, Abujibriel.com, which also supports radical Islamist groups and spouts jihadist ideology. “Jihad and terrorism are not something to be afraid of or avoided, because to cause terror to Allah’s enemies is the instruction of Islam,” said an article by the Prince of Jihad which appeared on both websites after the July 17 attacks. Abu Jibril’s lawyer, Yusuf Sembiring, confirmed that Muhamad Jibril was the author of articles on Arrahmah.com and Abujibriel.com attributed to the Prince of Jihad. “Abu Jibril said his son is not involved in whatever the police are accusing him of. He said Muhamad Jibril is not involved in the hotel bombings,” the lawyer said. He said the websites were not meant to “spread terrorism” but police confirmed they were investigating Muhamad Jibril for possible breaches of the criminal code related to inciting hatred. His website was offline today. Police also reportedly raided Abu Jibril’s house and took laptops and copies of sermons. The cleric accused police of seeking to “terrorise Muslims”, according to the Detikcom news website. “I worry that Muslims will be afraid to say jihad,” he was quoted as saying. Muhamad Jibril’s detention brings to five the number of people in custody over the hotel attacks, the worst in the mainly Muslim country since 2005. Five other suspects are being sought, including Malaysian alleged mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top, who was reported killed in a police raid earlier this month but remains at large. Another five members of the cell have been killed, including the operational planner who worked as a florist at the hotels, police said. Analysts have said that if the funding for the attacks came from abroad a likely source would be al-Qaeda, but police have made no such connection. (Source: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25987369-5005961,00.html) Leave a Comment Filed under religious terrorism Tags: arrahmah.com jihad indonesia August 26, 2009 FPI sweeping on beauty parlours and entertainment centers Indosiar.com, Yogyakarta – Tuesday (25/8/09) early in the morning, Front Pembela Islam (FPI – Islamic Defender Front) – a mass organization – conducted a sweeping on beauty parlours and entertainment centers in Yogyakarta. They almost clashed with the Police who came to disperse them. Dozens of people who claimed to act on behalf of FPI entered several buildings. They conducted a sweeping actions on entertainment centers deemed to have disturbed the sacred month of Ramadhan. Riding several cars and motorbikes, the militia also interrogated several youths who were hanging out on the streets of Yogya. Those they found drinking alcohol were immediately dispersed, not forgetting to crush the bottles of liquors they found on the scene. These militias almost clashed with the police who came to disperse them on account of disturbing public order. Fortunately the clash didn’t materialize. However the militias have threatened to continue their vigilante actions on entertainment centers. Furthermore they demanded restaurant owners to close their restaurants during daylight. (Kresna Agung / Dv) Translated from: http://www.indosiar.com/patroli/81863/fpi-sweeping-salon-dan-tempat-hiburan 2 Comments Filed under religious discrimination

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