Comment: FPI not to conduct raids during Ramadhan
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July 16, Online
The hard-line group, Islam Defenders Front (FPI), promised not to conduct any raids during the Ramadhan fasting month and let police carry out the task, secretary-general Sobri Lubis said on Monday.
FPI’s commitment was made after National Police Chief, Gen. Timur Pradopo, banned mass organizations from conducting any raids during the Islamic fasting month, set to begin Friday.
Banning nightlife is, first, illegal, as it is discriminatory against other beliefs, in favor of the dominant
Second, it is simply unethical and certainly unfair toward other citizens in the nation, whether they be Muslim or not. This is forcing an extremist point of view onto the real majority.
Third, it goes against the whole true concept of Ramadhan, which is to try to be holy in the face of the world’s temptations.
However, it is time for the entertainment industry to band together and just refuse to comply with laws that should not exist.
If the police were forced to try to arrest 15,000 bar owners, then maybe they might be forced to abandon their cowardly obedience to the religious extremists.