Celebrating the Season

Posted by lex, on August 6th, 2011

In Malaysia – national motto: “Unity is strength” – a television channel is under fire for airing a public service announcement telling non-Muslims how to act during the holy month of Ramadan. Short version: Keep your mouth shut, your hands off and cover up.

In Indonesia, the locals have taken the “under fire” metaphor it a step further:

A mob of a hundred people attacked and set fire to two Protestant house churches in Logas Tanah Darat, in the Regency of Kuantan, Riau Province (Sumatra). The incident occurred August 1, coinciding with the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims, but the news was broadcast by a radio station in Jakarta only late yesterday afternoon. The new attack against the Christian minority, according to some experts, is also a consequence of the “soft” sentences recently imposed by courts against extremists and Islamic leaders in Indonesia.

Ramadan, according to Wikipedia, is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

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