Most Muslims in Indonesia adopt moderate ways of thinking and living, in the sense that they adapt with local traditions and customs, and tolerate differences with people from other religions.
This can be seen from the fact that two of the largest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, i.e. Nahdathul Ulama and Muhammadiyah are moderates.
Unfortunately, this majority tend to be very silent compared to the very few minority i.e. fanatic people who are very vocal in expressing themselves i.e. all Muslims should think and live exactly the same way as those in countries with authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia. Their females wear dresses that close every parts of their bodies except for their eyes, while their men wear beard and short cut trousers.
Personally, I don't really care what other people think or do, as long as they do not bother other people.
The problem with these fanatics is that they tend to force others to follow them. Some of them would not hesitate to act violently and chaotically, some are even willing to kill others who are different from them.
The saddest thing is that the government and law enforcement agencies tend to be silent and almost do nothing.
Please find below an article about this that I have quoted from The Jakarta Globe.
Indonesian Vice President: Stand Up Against Radicals
Jakarta. Vice President Boediono has received cautious praise after calling on the “silent majority” to take a stand against a growing radicalism that he describes as threatening to take the country down a path of destruction.
“Once we allow radicalism to take over our way of thinking, it will lead us toward destruction,” the vice president said in a speech on Saturday at the opening of the Global Peace Leadership Conference, organized by Nahdlatul Ulama. READ MORE ..
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