Indonesia sinking deeper and deeper into radical Islam. Why doesn’t CAIR stand up for them?
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Members of a moderate Muslim sect were ordered by the government Monday to return to mainstream Islam or face possible imprisonment for insulting the country’s predominant religion.
The vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims are moderate, but in recent years an extremist fringe has grown louder. The government, which relies on the support of Islamic parties in Parliament, has been accused of caving in to their demands.
The document signed Monday by two Cabinet ministers and the attorney general “orders all Ahmadiyah followers to stop their activities” or face up to five years in prison.
Indonesia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but many in the nation of 235 million consider it offensive that the sect does not recognize Muhammad as the last prophet.
“Is it still safe for us in this country?” Ahmadiyah spokesman Syamsir Ali said in an interview with national broadcaster tvOne. “Our houses are being targeted and those who don’t like us feel it is acceptable to spill our blood.”
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