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TAKE ACTION NOW! Indonesia: Protect Religious Minorities

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Encourage the Indonesian government to devote more resources towards the protection of religious minorities

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Autumn S (151)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:45 am
signed and noted, thanks Cal

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:11 am
Signed,TY Cal.

Gene J (290)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:04 am
" Most of these attacks are coming from the hands of Islamic fanatics guided by the orthodoxy of Sunni Islamic practice. The violence ranges from personal attacks, to burning down houses of worship, or personal dwellings, of differing religious personnel."

Yeah, well signed, but I do not hold out much hope that a petition of any kind will change things in Indonesia, sad to say. The "religion of peace's" most violent "denomination" is Sunni, Saudi Arabia's brand of poison. These are not listen to reason people. These are do it our way or die people. Perhaps Revelations had it wrong and the anti-Christ spoken of there is a multi-headed monster called Islam. It looks more plausible to me by the day, though I don't exactly believe Revelations either, but the specter of a multi-headed beast from that book certainly fits Islam today, imo.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:27 am
Done, thanks Cal

Hugo L (255)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 12:16 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Cal!

Bartlomiej T (296)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 12:18 pm
Signed. Thank you, Cal.

Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:13 am
Thank you!

Glenn Byrnes (194)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:25 am
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting this.

Robert O (12)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:16 am
Signed. Thanks Cal.

Emma S (239)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:42 am
Done! Thanks, Cal.

Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:29 am
Signed & noted. Thanks Cal

Alexa R (319)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:48 am
I quote: "
The religious minorities taking the brunt of this brutality are the Ahmadiyahs, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Most of these attacks are coming from the hands of Islamic fanatics guided by the orthodoxy of Sunni Islamic practice. The violence ranges from personal attacks, to burning down houses of worship, or personal dwellings, of differing religious personnel.

Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has not used any of his powers to shield these religious minorities from further persecution. At this point, little to no punishment has been dispersed among offenders. Most have gone unpunished, and consequently, left free to exhibit further prejudiced behavior.

Yudhoyono’s own government is not even free from discriminatory behavior. The Indonesian Minister of Religion, Suryadharma Ali, went without reprimand after declaring that Indonesians “…have to ban the Ahmadiyah. It is obvious that Ahmadiyah is against Islam.” He later asserted that all of the Shia members in Indonesia need to convert to Sunni.

The fact that these discriminatory sentiments are being proclaimed by a high-ranking Indonesian government official shows how institutionalized these prejudices are. If Yudhoyono hopes to foster a free democratic society, where his citizenry can all celebrate their own religious convictions without fear of violent confrontation, then he needs to act quickly and swiftly."


Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:09 am
Noted and signed.

Joy Wong (103)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:12 am
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:10 am
signed. Thank you, Cal

Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:58 am
Noted and signed. Excellent piece, Cal.

I adamantly agree, Gene, with your assessment. Islam, the Sunni oppression of the Achmadis, Christians, Shia (although the Shia aren't so innocent themselves of serious crimes around the world) is horrible and growing more powerful every day. This is in great part due to the acquiescence of non-Muslim countries all around the world, especially Europe, and increasingly, the U.S., due to the Islamophilic policies of the current administration.

We have every obligation and a limited amount of time to speak out against this pervasive tyrrany, even if we are in the short- or mid-term, not as successful as we would like to be.

Doing nothing is not an option, because if we don't stop this horrific, violent ideology, it will eventually and surely consume us.

Beth S (330)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:16 am
The Sunni Muslims in Indonesia are:

1) practioners of clitorectomies on all of their females

2) pushing to enact laws that would allow the permissible Islamic allowance of (non-Muslim) sex-slaves for already married Muslim men. Muhammad, himself, had sex slaves, as did his followers. This is an inextricable tenet of Islam.

3) Indonesian Muslim proclaimed a number of years ago that they would gradually make waves of migration to surrounding countries to establish Islam and take over. This is now going on in Tazmania, Australia, Borneo and other places. It needs to be met head-on and stopped in its tracks.

. (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:26 pm
Signed and Noted.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:15 pm

The religious systems found in Indonesia are comprised of a wide variety of beliefs with 90% of the population claiming to be Muslim. Indonesia is considered to be the largest Muslim country in the world; however, the Islam of Indonesia contains a myriad of current of beliefs (“aliran”), each with a slightly different set of beliefs and practices. There are also groups who practice forms of Buddhism, Hinduism, Greek Paganism and Shamanistic Animism. Christianity is not foreign to Indonesia either with various protestant denominations practiced as well as Roman Catholicism. There also exists a set of practices common to many of the religious currents” (“aliran keagamaan”) which includes patterns of fasting, ascetic labor, communal meals, prayer for the dead, and the keeping of relics.

Indonesia does not have a state religion but there is a legal system to regulate varying beliefs. The State recognizes only 5 faith categories and each religion must fall under one of these in order to be legally practiced. These categories include:

Roman Catholicism


Since 90% of the population considers itself to be Muslim, practicing a different religion —even one considered to be legal— can be difficult. For instance, several church buildings in Indonesia have had to be abandoned since the Muslim controlled local governing bodies would not allow building permits to be granted. This can also make converting from Islam to another religion difficult, yet not impossible.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:19 pm
Noted and signed!

Carol H (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:26 pm
signed and noted

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:52 pm

Jay S (116)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:54 pm
Interesting information Gillian, thanks.

There have been over 300 Christian churches and uncounted numbers of Buddhist Temples closed or destroyed. And all of this oppression and persecution goes unacknowledged by our media and leaders. Obama actually has praised Indonesia for being to tolerant and 'moderate', but he hasn't said a word condemning the bigotry and persecutions of the religious minorities (and ethnic minorities too) in this country. Even little Christian children have been beheaded on their way to school for being infidels.

Yet, let one goofball in Mississippi threaten to burn a Qur'an or to make a boring video about Mohammed's debauched life according to Islam's own texts, and the whole world goes up in riots and killing, and the western media and our less than illustrious 'leaders' cry out and beat their chests in outrage. Where is their outrage over these atrocities?

Aceh province, the one devastated by the Tsunami a few years ago, and which happily took in hundreds of millions in aid from all the western nations (all of which are at least nominally Judeo-Christian), is the worst of the provinces for persecuting Christians, Buddhists and other non-Muslims or different Muslim sects. And according to Muslim Sharia Law, the Zakat, the required 'charitable' giving by all Muslims (some of which must go to those fighting Jihad against the rest of us), none of that money can be given to non-Muslims (not very charitable). So one must wonder how much of that international (and much of it from Christian countries and Israel) for helping them to recover and rebuild after the Tsunami never made it to any non-Sunnis?

Susanne R (237)
Friday March 8, 2013, 11:26 pm
Signed and noted.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:26 pm
Signed. Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:47 am

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:34 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Cal

Fran SiteIssues F (119)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:41 pm
Petition signed, TY, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:32 am
signed,of course.
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