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By The Way: FPI too busy talking to God

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, June 8 2008   /  12:01 am

Christians are so close to God that they call Him "father" in prayer, while Muslims are so far away from Allah that they need loudspeakers to talk to Him. This is an old joke, but I couldn't tell you earlier because I was afraid. If Rizieq Shihab had found out, he might have beaten me black and blue or, worse, burned down my house. Thank God, he is now in police custody. If you happen to have watched the news (not the saucy gossip shows or soap operas) or read the paper recently, you would know of Rizieq, the leader of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). A radical group, FPI, attacked members of the National Alliance for Freedom of Faith and Religion (AKKBB), who were rallying last Sunday at the National Monument (Monas) park to mark the 63rd anniversary of Pancasila state ideology. The FPI made their attack because the alliance supports Jamaah Ahma...