Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation and among the centers of a moderate approach to religious issues, but, in recent years, there has been an increase in the level of violence among a sector of its population towards an heretical group known as the Ahmadiyah sect. The sect arose at the end of the 19th century in what is now known as Pakistan and some Muslim insist it was created by British imperialists in order to divide Muslims. Yesterday, hundreds of Indonesians converged on the sect’s mosque, burned it down and torched a religious school while sending dozens of people fleeing in terror before the attack. “We heard the attackers chanting, ‘burn, burn,’ and ‘kill, kill,’ said Zaki Firdaus, a member of the sect. “It was horrible.”
Indonesian law guarantees religious freedom but the actions of a team of prosecutors and government officials have created chaos where none is necessary. There are only about 200,000 members of the group in a nation of over 120,000,000. If 200,000 can create such terror, one should look to one’s religion. Then, again, less than two dozen people completely terrorized the entire American nation!