Islamic group attacks religious tolerance rally

Hundreds of members of a radical Indonesian Islamic group armed with batons have attacked moderate Muslims in the capital, Jakarta, who were holding a rally calling for religious tolerance.

Authorities say about 100 members of the National Alliance for Religious and Faith Freedom had gathered in central Jakarta to rally against a possible government ban on the minority Ahmadiyah sect.

About 500 members of the hardline Front for the Defenders of Islam infiltrated the protest, attacking demonstrators with batons until about 50 policemen intervened, but no arrests were made.

The Ahmadiyah group has about 200,000 followers in Indonesia and believes Mohammad was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of Islam.


Muslim Scholar Calls Allah to Kill Rushdie (Pakistan)

A Pakistani TV channel was wrong to broadcast a prayer in which a Muslim scholar called for God to “ruin” Salman Rushdie, Ofcom ruled today. During a live broadcast on Geo TV UK, in Urdu and from Pakistan, scholar Dr. Aamer Liaquat Hussain said: “O God I beg you for the sake of this night; ruin those who have blasphemed against Your beloved Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him.

“Ruin them. Ruin Rushdie, I beg you for his death. O God, give him death, O Provider; he has blasphemed your beloved. Oh God, we beg in Your Court for his death.”

Two viewers complained that the statements made on the Shabeqadar programme in October were “offensive”. Under Ofcom’s broadcasting code, offensive statements are allowed but “must be justified by the context”. “Dr. Hussain’s remarks, albeit primarily addressed to a specific audience outside the UK (i.e. Pakistan), and in the context of a prayer, were broadcast without, for example, comment or editorial narrative,” Ofcom found. “We therefore concluded the remarks complained about were not sufficiently justified by context and so were in breach of [Broadcasting Code] Rule 2.3.”

Mein Koran: New cartoons in honor of Wilders’ ‘Quran Film’

by Billy Rojas

Worldwide Muslim reaction is now building against Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ movie, “Fitna,” which was released on March 27, 2008. Approximately 1,200,000 people saw the film in the first 24 hours via Internet, originally on one site but now spread to numerous sites of may descriptions.

There have been protest demonstrations, under control so far, in a half dozen Muslim countries, but with more planned, including protests scheduled in various European nations. Whether larger or smaller in extent than the massive protests about the cartoons in a Danish newspaper ( and also published in France ) approximately a year ago, we can expect yet another onrush of hysteria about perceived insults to Islam on the part of tens of millions of Muslims in the days ahead.

All of which disgusts me completely. I am a scholar of religion and have serious knowledge of many of the religions of the world and have sincere respect for most faiths of mankind, and friends who are Hindus and Buddhists and Christians and Jews, and more, but the issue of Islam is an altogether different subject.

No religion on Earth is as intolerant, bigoted, and irrational. Islam, when all is said, is a form of proto-Fascism that is the enemy of all men and women of good will.

To express my outrage at both Islam and at its deluded defenders, and since I also am a graphic artist, two cartoons of my creation are now being made available to anyone who wants to use them as a means to criticize Islam, a sick religion that deserves ridicule more than anything else since it is nothing but a system of self-righteous anti-democratic puritanism that is fundamentally opposed to free speech.

Followers of this so-called “religion of peace” will, it seems certain, call for the deaths of anyone who runs these cartoons, be advised of that, and they assuredly will call for the death of the artist, but all such reaction will prove the point of the cartoons and of my other criticisms, and the criticisms of many other well informed people.

There is only one request to make from anyone who uses the cartoons. It would be wrong to associate the art with swastikas in an attempt to reinforce the message that Islam is Fascist in character. The symbol is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, as well as Jains, Bahai’s, and many others, traditions that have nothing at all to do with the Nazis, and we should not perpetuate misleading stereotypes.


Billy Rojas