Articles from the world's press increasingly focus on the lack of moderation in Indonesia and Indonesian Islam.
First up is Bloomberg with a report on the implications of the anti-porn law currently being debated.
Fauzia Damayanti stands to spend 10 years in prison unless she mends her wicked ways. Her possible crime? The Jakarta housewife wears miniskirts.
The Asia Times has a far meatier piece which deals in part with the tennis boycott of Israel and the recent visit by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Both issues reveal the essential weakness of the leadership of Indonesia, its failure to take bold steps, its lack of innovation under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Despite the West's cheerleading rhetoric about Muslim world leadership and the ill-considered US embrace of Indonesia's unreformed military to combat terrorism, even its biggest boosters realize Indonesia is not a neutral player. Rather than exporting its moderate Islamic values, Indonesia has been importing those of Middle Eastern Muslim extremists.
The result is creeping Islamization of the country.
The Washington Post also has a piece on the enthusiastic welcome given to the Iranian leader by some Muslims. It concludes:
Although Indonesia is relatively moderate and maintains generally cordial relations with the West, the Iranian leader's message resonates with many of its young people.
Finally, as some sort of response to all this, UCLA International Institute reports on a speech given by M. Din Syamsuddin of Muhammadiyah and the Ulema Council at UCLA last week.