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A Big Threat to Bali Hindus: Indonesian election dominated by calls to be “more Islamic”

I ndonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and has traditionally been regarded as secular, but now there is a strong drive ...


Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and has traditionally been regarded as secular, but now there is a strong drive to “become more Islamic.” This movement is growing and includes the usual lies being spewed to the Indonesian public, about Islam being oppressed by “foreign powers” and that “Islam will protect everyone, it will not oppress anyone.” Really? Well, for starters it will stone gays, oppress women, and murder apostates, and more.

The Sharia trend is gaining traction among the younger population, as “experts say the young voters, who comprise a big chunk of the electorate, are in support of conservative Islam.”

Last month “at least two women were left unable to walk after a brutal public whipping in Indonesia as punishment for alleged intimate relations outside marriage, with a total of six couples subjected to the brutal ordeal, carried out in accordance with Sharia law.” And just days ago, a Muslim family was sentenced for jihad suicide bombings. With the trend toward greater Islamization of Indonesia, expect to see more persecution of Bali Hindus and other minorities, and other human rights abuses and barbarism.
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“Indonesia election puts Islam on the ballot,” DW, April 16, 2019:
  • More Muslims live in Indonesia than anywhere else in the world, and on April 17, the country is electing its next president. Since Indonesia embraced democracy in 1998, it has provided a strong example of the separation of religion and state.
  • However, today the political situation in Indonesia seems to have changed. “The role of religion should not be underestimated. It provides the means to operate in politics and it is used by all sides,” Susanne Schröter, director of German research institute Global Islam, told DW.
  • Indonesia’s current president, Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, is running against ex-general Prabowo Subianto, who has attacked his opponent for not being sufficiently Islamic. For example, Jokowi has been accused of not being able to recite the Koran in proper Arabic. Jokowi’s election team is also trying to improve their candidate’s religious reputation by claiming that he attended a Muslim school.
  • The impact of Islam on today’s Indonesian politics was made very clear during the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as “Ahok,” was the Indonesian capital’s first non-Muslim governor in over 50 years, as well as its first ethnic Chinese leader. During a campaign speech in late 2016, he was accused of making disparaging remarks about the Koran.
  • In response, radical Islamist organizations organized massive street protests in November and December 2016, during which hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets. In May 2017, Ahok was charged with blasphemy and sent to jail for 21 months…. __JWatch

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