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Indonesian Policy Blocking Internet Dumb!

The Jakarta Post blasted its government for the dumb policy of blocking access to the Internet in order to prevent Indonesian citizens from being able to see the controversial film “Fitna” which many believe is an anti-Muslim presentation. Itt quotes m edia expert Wilmar Wiloelar who says “this is really a clumsy move by the government it shows how the government is exploiting certain religious issues to suppress the freedom of its citizens.” Nusa Bhakti from the National Institute of Sciences fears taking such action merely encourages those from extreme Muslim views to feel they can get across their ideas regardless of what the majority of Indonesians believe about the principles of freedom of speech.

The Indonesian National Alliance of Journalists condemned the government action insisting it denied Indonesians of their rights as guaranteed by the constitution. The indonesian government insisted it acted in the name of social harmony but that is always the cry of those who seek to deny freedom of speech and press.

Geert Wilders Interview With Der Spiegel

Geert Wilders, the provocative right-wing politician from the Netherlands, discussed his anti-Islam film, “Fitna,” which already has provoked demonstrations in Muslim nations througout the world with correspondents from Der Spiegel. Mr. Wilders claims “the political elite has demonstrated with astonishing clarity that it learned nothing from the debate over the Muhammad cartoons. It bows to the Islamists.” The basic argument of Mr. Wilders is that he does not harbor hartred toward Muslim people, but to the ideology that is propogated in the Koran and by militant followers.

Mr. Wilders argues he is attempting to “provoke a discussion” so that when an imam attacks homosexuality or supports forced marriages, other Muslims will stand up to denounce those words of hate. He argues the concept of “moderate Islam” is a “contradiction. It’s going to be a long time before we see a new Koran, an equivalent to the New Testament. Attacks don’t happen in the name of Buddhism or Chrisitianity, nor do homosexuals get beaten up, as happens daily in Amsterdam.”

An essential problem with Mr. Wilders and his views on the Muslim religion is that he allows a minority to represent the majority. People killed in the name of Christianity well into the 20th century and people killed in Rwanda in the name of an ethnic group. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed less than twenty years ago and they were not slaughtered by Muslims. To have lived in the 20th century was to have witnessed every conceivable horror known in human history and the overwhelming majority were carried out by true believers in communism or Christianity or some political ideology. The reality is that Muslim terrorists do not pose any serious threat to the western world, they have destablized many Muslim nations, but part of the reason for chaos must also fall on the shoulders of people like George Bush.

We await anxiously the next Wilders film entitled, “Frat Boy” or “How George Bush Destabilized the Muslim World.”

Dutch Anti-Muslim Speech Guilty Of Hate

Endy Bayuni, writing in the Jakarta Post, urged Muslims throughout the world to simply ignore the new film, “Fitna” by Geert Wilders, the Dutch right wing fanatic. “Wilders is just as guilty of spreading hated through his lens about Islam as the Muslims who preach and use violence against what they perceive to be the enemies of Islam.” Bayuni regards the film as simply another example of Islamophobia in the Western world. “Let’s just hope Europeans have the common sense to dismiss Fitna as nothing more than as a propaganda tool for the Dutch politician’s anti-immigration platform.” He believes Wilders deliberately made the film so hateful in order to elicit within the Muslim world a violent reaction which he could use to prove all Muslims are prone to violence.

Since the goal of Fitna is convincing the Western world that violence is inherent within the Muslim religion, the best response for Muslims is following the wise advice of Bayuni by exhibiting the sounds of silence. A demagogue like Wilders can only thrive if people resort to violence, but what would happen if the entire Muslim world simply ignored his film? Muslims have suffered damage by violent responses to a few cartoons that, if ignored, would never have been seen by more than a few thousand people. Instead, by rioting and attacking Denmark, mobs gave cartoonist what they desire — fame.