THOUGHTS AND COFFEE #4: Towards a ‘greener’ Indonesia?

In October 2016, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) launched their first demonstration against Jakarta’s Chinese-Christian governor, Basuki Purnama, or better known as “Ahok”. Their chant was to not let Jakarta — a city that is by character pluralistic although Muslims and Javanese make up the majority — be governed by a leader who is not Muslim and Javanese. They quoted scripture, specifically a verse from the Quran (Qs. Al-Maidah: 51), which they interpret does not allow Muslims to elect or be led by a leader who is not a Muslim.

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THOUGHTS AND COFFEE #2: A volatile brew of politics and hardline Islam in Indonesia

The year is 2030, fourteen years after the united uprising of the White Cloaks in Indonesia. Trade with the outside world has stifled. The air is polluted with the continuous raucous calls to prayer. Children and adults travel the streets in constant fear. Women have it the hardest; they have to cover themselves from head to toe in black garb. Any women found not wearing the obligatory black garb, be they of other religious affinity, shall be punished by stoning. Any form of expression that contradicts the values of the White Cloaks is punished by death. Apostasy and atheism are both met with the cold, hard end of a steel cudgel.

Does that sound dystopian enough for you? It might not be fiction for long.

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