Monday, June 02, 2008

Radical, Moderate Muslims Clash In Indonesia....

Guess who won.

Hundreds of members of a radical Islamic group armed with batons have clashed with moderate Muslims rallying for religious tolerance in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

About 100 members of the National Alliance for Religious and Faith Freedom gathered in central Jakarta to rally against a possible government ban on the minority Ahmadiyah sect, deemed deviant by religious authorities.

About 500 members of the hardline Front for the Defenders of Islam infiltrated the protest, attacking demonstrators with batons until about 50 policemen intervened.

The Ahmadiyah group, which has around 200,000 followers in Indonesia and has been in the country since the 1920s, believes Mohammad was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of Islam.

The country's highest authority on Islam, the Indonesian Council of Ulema, has said the movement is deviant, and a Suharto-era state board overseeing religion in April recommended a government ban.