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Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia YOGYAKARTA - With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

It is time for the people with the real power in this country - radical groups at the edge of terrorist networks and the Council of Scholars - to take over the government of this country. Starting today no strange things anymore, before you know you are thrown in jail when someone taps your bare shoulder when your handbag slid down. The fat foreigner with typical beer belly and too small shirt could be put away as well, because some person in a white dress is offended by that. Maybe it excites him as well, not that belly, but making the arrest, which is not allowed either.

Early October, the people dressed in white (radical Moslems) held a small demonstration in Yogyakarta in favor of the anti-pornography law. © indahnesia.com
Early October, the people dressed in white (radical Moslems) held a small demonstration in Yogyakarta in favor of the anti-pornography law. © indahnesia.com

Of source I see that these examples are overstated, but is that really the case? Wasn't it in Indonesia that a majority of the people said such a law would never be passed because it doesn't fit with the country's culture and religion? Yeah, that was here indeed, but just se what the result of years of pushing by people on the edge who want to replace the Indonesian identity - and with that the Pancasila! - with a culture from a far and remote region that will never find a base of support in Indonesia because people here can perfectly decide for themselves how they live their lives here.

That freedom will be limited until a certain level for sure. It is to be expected that the FPI - which have been quiet for several months now after the bamboo-stick-incident - will revive completely and will misuse this new law to the fullest extent for force their form of culture to the rest of Indonesia. As usual, this will go together with their normal way of working by molesting people, damaging other people's property and threatening those who do not agree with their actions. The FPI will probably see themselves as the third police force in Indonesia; after the normal police (Polri) and the civil police (SatPol PP) there will be the Islamic police of the FPI.

Furthermore the Council of Scholars smells more power as well and will do anything to execute this new law to the fullest extent. Fortunately these people are 'scholars', who will leave their bamboo sticks at home, but they are always first to judge about something when it's in the news. Their last news is to make smoking haram (forbidden), but since smoking is the number one occupation of many people in Indonesia, it is clear what kind of power they want to have. Fortunately such a fatwa - and not official laws - doesn't find it's way in Indonesia.

Too sexy for radical islam. © Blogspot.
Too sexy for radical islam. © Blogspot.

Here is the clear difference. A fatwa can be issued, but after that it is up to every Muslem to decide on his or hew own what to do with it. Since most Indonesian Moslems can perfectly think for themselves, revenues from tobacco products keep rising every year. It becomes something different when there is force applied to do something. And now is the time that lawful force is applied to something which most Indonesians see as completely acceptable. Adaptation of this purely Islamic law is a threat to the unitary state of Indonesia and the still prevailing state ideology of Pancasila.

It is up to the Indonesians themselves to tell their legislators they don't have much to do with small movements that force their will upon the vast majority. That this will give some problems is evident, but the balance has to be restored again. I think that can not be reached before the law has been scrapped once again - or in entirely Indonesian tradition, buried under a load of other legislation to never be found again. That is not a bad alternative, but it will still be there somewhere forever.

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