A formal banning of the unorthodox Muslim sect Jamaah Ahmadiyah becomes more likely.
A Step Closer
Team Pakem (Badan Koordinasi Pengawas Aliran Kepercayaan Masyarakat (Bakor Pakem)), the body that oversees (unorthodox) religious activity in Indonesia, has recommended that all activities of the sect Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) be stopped and the JAI dissolved.
Wisnu Subroto of the Attorney General's office says the decision is final, no negotiations will be entered into, and was taken because Ahmadiyah is genuinely beyond the pale, - heretical because it recognises another prophet after Muhammad, - and because Ahmadiyah had violated a previous agreement (see Ahmadiyya) to "correct" their beliefs and practises within 3 months.
Pakem now expects a joint government edict (SKB) (from the Religion Ministry, Attorney General, and Home Ministry) to be issued banning the sect, based on Article 156 of criminal code, the law against blasphemy, which carries penalties of up to five years jail. l6
Maruf Amin of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) recommends the Ahmadiyah leadership be put on trial. Their three month period of grace was over and now they could be charged with deliberately and systematically blaspheming against Islam.
Show of Strength
The Forum Umat Islam (FUI) plans to hold a "long march" in Jakarta, "Apel Sejuta Umat", on 20th April, from the Istiqlal mosque to the Presidential Palace, in order to convince the government to ban Ahmadiyah. republika
A videotape screened by the National Alliance for the Freedom of Faith and Religion (AKKBB) this week showed Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) secretary-general Ahmad Sobri Lubis urging followers to murder Ahmadiyah members. thepersecution.org
We will wage war against Ahmadiyah! Kill Ahmadiyah! Kill! Kill! Kill! And if they say we are violating human rights, then I say damn human rights.
It needs to be made clear that Indonesia is based on Pancasila not religion.