Friday, March 14, 2008

Interfaith harmony

Xinhua reported Indonesia on Friday warned Dutch lawmaker not to release an anti-Islam film which could destroy interfaith harmony, the country foreign ministry said here.
ow much Interfaith Harmony do you have now? Are other faiths permitted to build churches, and preach their faith to anyone that will listen? If a Muslim wants to leave Islam and become a Jew or a Christian or a Hindu or a Buddhist, can he?
Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who heads the Freedom Party, will release his short film this month, which he says will depict the Koran as a 'fascist book', despite mounting protests and a disagreement from the Dutch government.
And a Dutch government that pretends to allow freedom of speech and thought, but only if not threatened with violence.
Indonesian foreign ministry and religious leaders from all religions have opposed the release, saying it could trigger backlash from Muslims.
A bachlash? From the "Religion of Peace"?????
In 2006, protesting and rioting erupted in many Muslim countries, including the biggest Muslim country, Indonesia, after a publication of the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad with a turban resembling a bomb in a Danish newspaper. It killed more than 50 people and destroyed three Danish embassies.
And all because of a stupid cartoon.
"The Dutch government has failed to convince Wilders not to release the film for the risks of backlash should the film to be released," spokesman of the ministry Kristianto Legowo told a press conference at the ministry office. The spokesman said that the film would hamper the interfaith dialogue that has been actively promoted by Indonesia and other countries.
Was that interfaith dialogue hurt by 9/11? Bali bombings? 7/7 in London? What about the 10721 terrorist attacks since 9/11
"(The film) will be an obstacle to attempts that we and other countries have initiated. We do not want this to occur,"
Then tell the Muslims to behave in a civilized fashion.
said Legowo.

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