Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lessons From Lady Gaga about Islam in Indonesia

I am NO fan of Lady Ga Ga. But this cancellation of her show in Jakarta---because of the threat of Islamist violence---speaks volumes about the problems of Islam in Indonesia:

via Lessons From Lady Gaga | FrontPage Magazine

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, an American chanteuse also known as Lady Gaga, has been touring Asia to packed houses. She was to have performed in Jakarta, Indonesia, last Sunday, June 3, but had to cancel. So no show for Indonesia, but perhaps a lesson or two in tolerance.

Lady Gaga opted to play Indonesia because she has fans there. According to news reports, more than 50,000 tickets had been sold, and that did not sit well with Muslim hardliners. They called her a messenger of the devil and issued threats of violence should the concert go forward.

Indonesia has more Muslims than any other nation, some 86 percent of a population of more than 248 million. Protestants and Catholics make up less than 10 percent of Indonesians, who are ethnically diverse. For some observers Indonesia is the model for how an Islam can be compatible with democracy and tolerance, but the Lady Gaga incident is troubling...

read the rest---> here

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