» 04/23/2008, 00.00
Ulema against the government in defence of “heretical’ Ahmadis
Nahdlatul Ulama leaders oppose a draft bill that would outlaw the Ahmadi sect, which does not recognise Muhammad as the last prophet. They also plan to field 20,000 young people to defend Ahmadis from attacks by extremists.
Gus Dur against fundamentalist threat in Indonesia
Former Indonesian President opposes the extremism of the Indonesian Ulemas Council, condemning the persecution of the Ahmadi Muslims. Christians demand respect for religious pluralism, one of the nation's "cultural assets".
More than 50 Islamic Defender Front extremists arrested
The police is questioning detainees over last 1 June clashes during a pro-religious freedom rally. FPI leader is among those arrested. In East Java young moderate Muslims burn radical group’s flags.
Moderate Muslims and human rights activists defend Ahmadis
Some Indonesian provinces ban “heretical” sect. East and West Java are followed by East Borneo, West Jakarta and South Sulawesi. The Nahdlatul Ulama defends Ahmadis, saying that doctrinal deviations are no justification for violence.
Five deaths in clashes between Muslim sect and police in Sulawesi
Police was trying to take in Mahdi sect leaders for interrogation. Sect is accused of apostasy and violence. Islamic leaders call the sect "illegal" but also condemn the police raid.
Ahmadi leaders call for pluralistic and tolerant Indonesia
A solid and long term vision required for leadership of the country. The Ministry of Defence denies proselytizing in the military, aimed at converting "heretics." Only three provinces declare sect legal. Indonesian activist: the government must safeguard the rights of religious minorities.
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