Evidence of the dangerous worldwide Islamic reformation
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about how hard-line Islam is rising in Indonesia which has traditionally been considered a moderate Islamic nation.
The biggest street protest in years shook this sprawling capital on Friday in a stark display of the more conservative, militant strain of Islam taking hold in the world’s largest Muslim country.
Police said an estimated 100,000 people turned out for a rally called by hard-line Muslim groups against the capital’s Christian governor, whom they accuse of having committed blasphemy.
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“Religiosity is rising, especially among the middle class,” said Yon Machmudi, an Islamic politics expert at the University of Indonesia. “A sense of identification is increasing.’’
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The Southeast Asian nation—some 18,000 islands straddling the Pacific and Indian oceans—has a long tradition of moderate Islam in a culture influenced earlier by Hinduism and Buddhism.
But the tenor has changed in recent years. Head scarves for women, once rare, are now widely worn and Islamic schools are expanding.
Last December, I blogged about these changes in Islam and explained how Islam is undergoing a reformation much like the Protestant Reformation, and just as the printing press was the key technology which unlocked the Protestant Reformation, the key technology this time is the Internet. The true meaning of the Koran and the Hadith is spreading, and unfortunately, the true meaning (based on an unbiased literal meaning of the texts) is very similar to what ISIS believes.