Ross complains that the government is trying to restrict the activities of the wrong people, Ahmadiyah instead of Muslim militants.
The decision last night to 'freeze' Ahmadiyah is sickening.
The FPI rants on, undeterred by the regime's 'too little, too late' incarceration of a handful of its most visible scum, a clearly Islamofascist gang which ministers tell us would be too 'complicated' to consider banning.
Yet plainly harmless, benign citizens, engaged in nothing more offensive than disagreeing with the mediaeval bigots of the MUI (whose chair made a great show of visiting the scumbags in jail) are told not to be seen worshipping as they wish to worship, or else. So if a band of rabid primitives takes offence at something we do that doesn't affect them in any way, WE are told to cool it (or be frozen!)
While oleaginous entertainers like Dangdut King Rhoma Irama (who once - post Bali- told a concert that his was a religion of peace!) also scuttle along to fawn on detained fanatics, the political leaders of the 'greatest Muslim democracy' are providing even more entertainment by their Inul-esque gyrations trying to justify a return to authoritarian tactics. What a pathetic spectacle!
Did anyone see that MUI Chairman on ANTV two nights ago? He busily explained that he was all for tolerance for 'permitted' religions but not for anyone who dissented from his clique's interpretation of his own. And this is the tail, a state-sponsored apparatus of intolerance, that wags the governmental watch-dog.
No wonder it hasn't bit or even barked over the past ten years, since the FPI started its rapacious illegality, under the auspices, as the current Defence Minister reminded us in yesterday's Jakarta Post 9/6, of Jakarta's Police Chief. What happened to FPI thugs who ransacked Star Dei, or vandalised the Playboy office? Nothing? I'd be happy to be proven wrong.
Incidentally, if that's the case, about that capital cop, and who's going to doubt it, why isn't that fine fellow dragged out of retirement, arraigned, and his pension cancelled?
So what can people do about this outrage?
Not a lot, if we're talking about bules, though if we make it known to Lombok Tourist Office that we won't vacation there until Ahmadiyah victims are given justice and the pigs who persecuted them out of their homes put behind bars, it might make somebody pay attention.
Otherwise, it looks as if we must rely on Anshor and those other good Muslims who care about both the principles of their faith and its image overseas.