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The true position of Islam in politics

  • Saidiman

    Jakarta

  /   Fri, May 1 2009   /  02:51 pm

If quick count results by many survey institutes are accurate, General Election 2009 will place the Islamic political parties as the second or third political parties in this country. Based on the quick count results, only two Islamic political parties can place their representative in parliament: the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the United Development Party (PPP). The two parties' votes have reduced while support for nationalist-secularist parties is increasing. This data shows us that the parties with nationalism-secularism ideology are still very dominant. The unthinkable is that this happened even though religious fundamentalism has increased in the public sphere. At the same time, violent, radical actions have also become more familiar in many places. The government and legislative councils have responded positively to the rise of fundamentalism, through law an...