Like today, after I started up my PC, I immediately read my providerâ€™s message about a violent attack by FPI on AKKBB. Allegedly the militant Muslim organization did so because it presumed a demonstration held by AKKBB was in support of Islamic Ahmadiya, which is considered by them to be heretic, which to them seems to mean intolerable. The aggression, the report goes on, infuriated large parts of the population and politicians.
As usual the article also mentioned the assumption that FPI had support from within the army and police â€“ because this is a pattern which has been recognized in earlier attacks by Islam militiaâ€™s whenever the military was suspected of benefiting from destabilizing the country.
So far so good. I canâ€™t blame the media reporting the news. And unfortunately good news is no news. But two questions remain and bother me.
What is the exact background of the incidents? What do we need to know in this part of the world to get at least some grip on these phenomena in Indonesia?
What is the impact of the reported disturbances? Is it of local, national or global importance? And if it happens to be of worldwide dimensions, why?
The way Indonesia is in the news now more often than not is not clarifying but rather puzzling.
Follow up: Two days ago, June the 10th,Â ‘Indonesia Breaking News‘ had an article (to be found here) with some background. It reports on the measures of the government (Ahmadiya has to stall its public appearances)Â andÂ theÂ remaining dissatisfaction of theÂ Mujadeen Council, which threatens with Jihad and demands a total dismantlement of the sect.
It explains the theological causes of the conflict and the limitations of Indonesia’s constitutional freedom of religion – which apparently applies to six ‘official’ religions only and which in day to day life seems to mean that minority religions are dependent on the whims of those who claim to speak on behalf ofÂ the overwhelming majority of mainstream Muslims.