I could be very mistaken but I think Syria doesn’t permit loud speakers expounding from Majid. Maybe that’s why it wasn’t included on the ‘Axis of Evil’ A-list.
Oh yea, nearly forgot, someone should link to Timdog’s excellent analysis of Lombok’s doctrinaire Islam posted over on RRA.
Yes, Rusty, and then they can see my comments on Luke’s case!
Sunmmarised, ‘LOMBOK, what does one expect?!?’
He was an idiot and probably realises that fact now.
Don’t like large crowds of football fans? Don’t choose to live near Old Trafford. Object to girls wearing skimpy bikinis? Best to avoid a house by Copacabana beach. Hate the screechy sound of badly tuned mosque loudspeakers during Ramadan? Well a devoutly Islamic island in a largely Muslim archipelago might not be the best choice for a retirement home.
When will indonesians realize that it is ISLAM that puts a bad name on Indonesia?
I mean, ISLAM = ARAB = BACKWARD & LOSER.
In contrast: EAST-ASIAN “RELIGIONS” = CHINA / JAPAN / KOREA = ENLIGHTENED & PROGRESS.
Isn’t it clear enough we need to distance ourselves from those ARABS and whatever shit they believe in?
Noise pollution is an almost universal evil in SEAsia. In most of the Philippines it is not the mosques but the neighbourhood Karaoke Bars (and the neighbour’s karaoke), the open air “discos” and numerous fiestas. The speakers used are always of a monstrous size. It is not uncommon to see a five foot Filipino lugging around a six foot speaker.
However, I suppose that what makes mosques particularly troublesome is the early hours at which they are bound to start their noise eruptions. Joseph Conrad, in referring to the sorry lot of pilgrims on “Lord Jim’s” ship, talks about their “exacting” faith. A nice neutral term – covering all kinds of ills including sleep deprivation.
He was an idiot and probably realises that fact now.
Or maybe he didn’t realise it in the first place when he went to live there and started a business. Annoyances which at first seem bearable have a tendency to build up until they explode.
Noise pollution is an almost universal evil in SEAsia.
I agree. Here in Bali it is the almost ubiquitous sound of chainsaws massacring trees for new developments or used for rough cutting of big woodcarvings. The person doing the sawing usually wears ear protection but the rest of the neighborhood can go to hell. But locals don’t seem to mind. They say it’s ‘important‘.
You would think that he could get off without a conviction, let alone serving jail time). He has already received “street justice” (as it’s called in Jakarta), i.e. the damage to his house.
Actually, I have always wondered what would happen if someone swapped the mosque’s cassette of the call to prayer with “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica or “Sehnsucht” by Rammstein. Now I know.
A question: Does anybody know the name of his guesthouse? And if he is a foreigner, how can he own it anyway – is it in the name of his Indonesian spouse?
what did he expect, a few years ago we had a girl servant, she fcked the neighbor boy in our house when we were in Sweden. She became pregnant and we are still today a bit surprised that not some Muslim active arrived and fired the house. I think we did not get REPRISALS because we live in a military zone, and wher the true power lies in Indonesia is not so difficult to know.
A few years ago, a thief was mistake of trying to steal in my area ther we live, soldiers chased him and took him, then they the MP Statutory one example of how uninvited are treated, since then, nothing happened in this area.
I’m not sure about Luke, but he looks familiar. looks like a guy I did see, he was talking with this traders geeks in one of this less fashionable eat places in the end of the street on the right side.
Merry Christmas wherever you are.
yesterday her was a blizzard, today it is -16 and sparkling white on the outside. it is now so cold that it cracks in the 3 dm thick snow cover for each step I took when I was out and picked up wood for the stove.
Santa Claus sits and charges the rocket fuel in Rovaniemi, then he pulls the earth around 6000 km / h with his Christmas presents.
Sometimes I dream of playing Christian rock on a massive sound system at 5 in the morning in the middle of a Jakarta neighbourhood…
Merry christmas and happy new year.
The name of the guesthouse is ‘Hideaway‘.
See this link.
Apparently, it is now put on sale. Is anybody interested?
Mr. Luke was probably pushed into admitting his guilt and into ‘nice behaviour’ including showing remorse, because he was threatened by sentence of ‘up to five years’.
As he was in the jail anyway, he might have felt that he could not be declared not-guilty in this Islam-flavoured issue, and if he got a light sentence, it was a matter of weeks before he was out of jail. Anyway, this is a sad example of Indonesian (in)justice.
Speaking about noise polution, it seems that now even Christians (Protestants) want to match Muslims in making an early-morning noise. I witnessed how the Christians turn their loudspeakers on at 5 am in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, near Manado. The poor sleeping fellows have to suffer 1-hour of loudly broadcasted Bible reading, singing, reading out names of people having birthdays etc. I wonder what would happen if I just pulled the speaker’s plug. Would I end up in jail with blasphemy charge like Mr. Luke was?
I think foreigners should respect the local culture. G Luke should find another country that he considers appropriate with him. In fact Indonesia is a rich country does not need foreigners to interfere. Especially want to change their culture.