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Survey reveals Muslim views on violence (They approve)
The Jakarta Post ^ | July 28 | Ridwan Max Sijabat

Posted on 07/28/2006 12:22:59 PM PDT by PghBaldy

Up to 1.3 percent of Indonesian Muslims nationwide admit using violence against people or objects they consider contradictory to their beliefs, a survey found, with more than 40 percent ready to wage war for their faith.

Acts of violence in the survey on religion and violence by the Center for Islamic and Social Studies (PPIM) ranged from 0.1 percent of respondents admitting their involvement in demolishing or arson of churches constructed without official permits, to 1.3 percent who committed "intimidation" against those they considered had blasphemed Islam.

The survey spanned 1,200 Muslims in 30 of the country's 33 provinces.

"The percentage looks very small but it is very high in its real figure when you note that 85 percent, or 200 million, of the country's 230 million population are Muslims," PPIM researcher Jajat Burhanudin said Thursday during the release of the results.

However, other scholars said violence was traditionally widespread in local cultures, and it was unfair to blame Islam for its prevalence.

The survey, conducted from 2001 to March 2006, found 43.5 percent of respondents were ready to wage war on threatening non-Muslim groups, 40 percent would use violence against those blaspheming Islam and 14.7 percent would tear down churches without official permits.

"This condition has helped terrorists easily recruit new comrades and makes the country a fertile ground for sectarian radicalism," Jajat said.

He added that a simultaneous study on the reasons for the results found Islamic teaching and Islamism made the most significant contributions to violent behavior, both in the domestic and public spheres.

"The more Muslims give their support for certain Islamic teachings legitimizing the use of violence, the more violence will happen."

He noted that between 30 percent and 58 percent approved of amputation of the left hand for thieves and the stoning to death of rapists, as well as other tenets of sharia law, and opposed the election of non-Muslims for president.

Simplistic understanding of Islamic teachings and the introduction of so-called "yellow books", detailing Islamic law and regulations, in Islamic boarding schools contributed to the emergence of hard-line groups, the issuance of sharia bylaws and sowed hostility toward non-Muslims, he said.

"To end this, the government must take strategic steps to campaign for pluralism among the people and enforce the law to ensure legal certainty."

But Islamic scholar Azyumardi Azra said the roots of the violence could not be blamed entirely on Islam, but also on the vengeful nature of some local cultures and common social and political problems, such as poverty, unemployment and political instability.

"The country's self-image of kindness, tolerance and hospitality must be questioned because local cultures are very close to violence," he said.

Although there has been increasing unrest since the end of authoritarian rule in 1998 and the dawning of the reform era, he said there were numerous ethnic conflicts since the 1950s.

Azyumardi, also rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Ciputat, Tangerang, suggested the reformulation of all Islamic teachings that could be construed as promoting violence and the development of democracy through a campaign for pluralism and tolerance.

"Besides, the country is in dire need of a strong government to create political stability and good governance and ensure the rule of law, while the development of democracy should not end with the general elections and local elections,"

He warned that religious radicalism would become a dangerous threat unless good governance was created, laws were enforced and old religious doctrines were reformulated.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: crushislam; indonesia; islam; jihad; muslim; sharia; wot
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To: PsyOp
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What a "religion of peace". Feel free to use my work.

21 posted on 07/28/2006 1:32:01 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Great Graphic! I linked on my other thread.

22 posted on 07/28/2006 1:37:54 PM PDT by PsyOp (In this one enemy we strike at the center of gravity… - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: xpertskir
What you mean like if an ass like yourself were to depict my God and Lord in an unfavorable light??? No. I think most would first, wonder why??? Then maybe be offended for the sake of Christ....but want to spill blood?? Nah, I dont think so.
23 posted on 07/28/2006 1:41:38 PM PDT by TheGunny (Re-read 1&2 Corinthians)
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To: PghBaldy
...with more than 40 percent ready to wage war for their faith.

When are people gonna' get it?
Islam is a Busido Code.
It was just constructed by a guy in a desert instead of on an island.
E.g., both groups like cutting off heads of defenseless people.
24 posted on 07/28/2006 1:43:48 PM PDT by VOA
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To: PsyOp
How Children are brainwashed from birth to this blood cult. Ashura day "celebrations"

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Imagine growing up in this enviroment. Do you think you would be a rational thinking person?

25 posted on 07/28/2006 1:43:50 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: xpertskir

NO, Christians do not go killing because they think God told them to. Killing for the sake of killing is a SIN.

Fighting for ones country, for freedom is entirely different.
Do not speak for Christians, you obviously don't know what Christianity is.

26 posted on 07/28/2006 1:46:57 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: PghBaldy
I don't so mush hate Muslims for their beliefs as for their abominable antisocial behavior.

Best line on the subject: "By their fruits ye shall know them"!

27 posted on 07/28/2006 1:54:08 PM PDT by FixitGuy
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To: FixitGuy
You might change your mind if you understood just what their beliefs were. The ones that KNOW exactly what the koran and hadith say and put it to practice are the ones we call Fundamentalist Jihadists.

Believe it or not, many Muslims especially in third world countries do not know what the Koran and Hadith say, they learn mostly by oral instruction. Some, like Suffism, believe Islam is a personal spiritual state. They, and many other sec's aren't considered "Muslims" by other more fundamentalist Muslims like the Shia and the worst, Wahabbi's.

Here's a great online book that will teach you more about Islam's written "scripture" and hadith, and how they are inseparable than many Muslim's know.

The Prophet of Doom

28 posted on 07/28/2006 2:04:55 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: BigBobber

I'm not.

29 posted on 07/28/2006 2:21:34 PM PDT by kinghorse
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30 posted on 07/28/2006 6:36:55 PM PDT by rantblogger
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To: MAexile

The essence here is that the culture is depraved.

31 posted on 07/28/2006 10:56:20 PM PDT by jschwartz
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