As-salamu alaykum: The Persecuted Plight of Indonesia’s Shiite Moslems

By N Mark Castro

Brandishing itself as a major proponent of tolerance and democracy, the Republic of Indonesia’s elected leaders, however, continue to fail the spirit by which the country has been founded.

No one — not a single soul in government and not a single soul in the Islamic community in the world’s largest Moslem population has taken up the cudgels for the systematically persecuted Shiite Moslems who happen to be Indonesians as well.

 

Condemned as heretics, around 200 Muslim-minority Shiites have for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall after a deadly clash with Sunnis. Since August, they have slept on thin mattresses surrounded by flies at the Sampang district indoor tennis courts in East Java.

Moslem brothers in the world are up in arms and ready to meet their assigned 70,000 virgins for perceived slights against Islam and/or the Prophet Mohammed.

Yet no one will lay their lives for their fellow Shiite Moslem brothers.

Dimana SBY?

 

 

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on December 16, 2012, in General, Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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