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Jakarta Post

Questioning the freedom of religion in Indonesia

  • Muhammad As’ad

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 8 2011   /  10:46 am

Another incident related to the Ahmadiyah group erupted in Pandeglang, Banten, when a group of villagers attacked the home of a follower of the Islamic sect. In the raid three Ahmadis were killed, giving another bloody stain on religious freedom in the country.This is another sad story of how religion in Indonesia can be violently attacked by a mob or a hard-line group — especially for Ahmadiyah. There were many other incidents targeting the group using the same modus operandi. For instance, the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) attacked Ahmadiyah’s headquarters in the West Java city of Bogor in 2005. In October 2010 an Ahmadiyah mosque in Kuningan, also in West Java, was burned down. The frequent attacks on Ahmadiyah leave questions about the state’s obligation to protect its people. Why is it so easy for people in this country to condemn one religion and then attack its followers becau...