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Post  polka23dot on Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:31 pm

"For thousands of years my country (Indonesia) was a Hindu Buddhist kingdom.  The last Hindu king was kind enough to give a tax exempt property for the first Muslim missionary to live and to preach his religion. Slowly the followers of the new religion were growing, and after they became so strong the kingdom was attacked, those who refused to become Muslims had to flee for their life to the neighboring island of Bali or to a high mountain of Tengger, where they have been able to keep their religion until now. Slowly from the Hindu Buddhist Kingdom, Indonesia became the largest Islamic country in the world. If there is any lesson to be learnt by Americans at all, the history of my country is worth pondering upon. We are not hate mongering, bigoted people; rather, we are freedom loving, democracy loving and human loving people. We just don’t want this freedom and democracy to be taken away from us by our ignorance and misguided ‘political correctness’, and the pretension of tolerance." - Daniel Byantoro (Indonesian priest) source: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/raymond-ibrahim/buddhist-extremism/

Christians weep as Muslims demolish their church: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/21/17401712-worshippers-weep-as-indonesian-city-tears-down-church

West Papuan struggle for independence: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2013/01/201313018313632585.html

Transmigration and Islamization of Moluccan islands: http://www.michr.net/moluccas-genocide-on-the-sly-ndash-indonesiarsquos-transmigration-and-islamisation-program.html

Muslim mob kills Ahmadiyah in Cikeusik, Indonesia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dExfGGcz7s

Jennifer Robinson talks about Indonesian colony called West Papua: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbkHkjg5Kac#t=195

Separatist unrest continues in Papua, a large area that is thinly populated by over 300 Melanesian tribes. It is the poorest part of Indonesia, with some thirty percent of the population being extremely poor. The Papuans, who were ruled as a Dutch colony for centuries, were granted independence by the Dutch in 1961, but a year later Indonesia invaded and no one went to the aid of the Papuans. The UN called for a referendum to determine what the Papuans wanted, but Indonesia never allowed that to happen. The UN has continued to protest and pressure Indonesia but nothing has changed, except for growing separatist violence. The government has responded by arresting and prosecuting anyone who openly demonstrates support for separatism. This has provided the incentive for more Papuans to join the non-violent and violent separatist groups. Most Indonesians do not want Papua (the western half of New Guinea, the fourth largest island in the world) to be independent. In addition to a lot of valuable natural resources, there's a lot of unused land that can be occupied by Moslem migrants from crowded parts of the country. But that causes friction because the native Papuans are Melanesian, who look quite different from the majority Malays. Moreover, the Melanesians tend to be Christian while the Malays are almost all Moslems... Christians are a minority nationwide, while 87 percent of the population is Moslem. The tensions in Sulawesi are not entirely religious. The Christian areas used to be almost entirely Christian, but over the last three decades the government has encouraged (with laws, money, and land) Moslems from overpopulated areas to move to less populated Christian areas...  In the last few years, attacks against non-Moslems have resulted in a stronger and stronger backlash from the police and Christians. Five years ago the vigilantes switched tactics and began concentrating on driving Christians into ghettos and reducing the number of Moslems converting to Christianity. Anti-infidel (non-Moslem) violence is a growing problem, as Islamic radicals seek an outlet for their aggression that won't land them in prison. All this Islamic radical activity keeps producing new recruits for Islamic terror groups... In the last few years the police have been brutal against separatists in Papua but quite lax against Islamic radicals attacking Christians and Moslems who do not follow strict lifestyle rules... Hundreds of Islamic radicals attacked an Ahmadiyah community in central Indonesia (West Java) and caused a lot of property damage before police responded to the 1:00 AM attack. For the last decade Islamic radicals have been pushing the government to drop the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and legalize persecution of any religion considered an “insult to Islam.” This has led to local laws being passed to ban the Islamic Ahmadiyah sect, which has 200,000 members in Indonesia and has seen at least four of its mosques shut down in the last month... Islamic radicals demand that the government declare Ahmadiyah illegal. Ahmadiyah was founded in Pakistan over a century ago and is banned there. At first the government banned Ahmadiyah but had to reconsider because of the constitutional issues... The Islamic radicals are using the Ahmadiyah issue as a rallying point... Thousands of Islamic radicals marched on the Burmese embassy shouting “death to Buddhists.” source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/indones/articles/20130521.aspx

Under pressure from Islamic extremist movements the authorities in Cianjur district, 90 km from Jakarta, have ordered the closure of seven Protestant Christian churches. source: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/West-Java-authorities-yield-to-Islamic-pressure-and-close-down-seven-Protestant-churches-31248.html

The government of Indonesia's Aceh province has approved a new law obliging every citizen to follow the sharia Islamic legal code regardless of their religion. source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/indonesia-aceh-province-enforces-sharia-non-muslims-1435497

The authorities in East Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB), adopted a bylaw that allows polygamy upon payment of a million rupees (just over 80 dollars) to the local treasury department. source: www.asianews.it/news-en/-32428.html

Dozens of Islamic extremists in the Sukaharjo District have attacked three shopping centers in Solo, better known as Surakarta in Central Java, because they were selling and promoting items, clothing and events related to Christmas. source: www.asianews.it/news-en/Central-Java,-Islamist-32977.html

In Aceh Province - the only Indonesian province in which Sharia, or Islamic law, is implemented - New Year celebrations are banned. source: www.asianews.it/news-en/-33071.html
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