The Real Satan Among Us

Bali Times Editorial

Indonesia sent another signal to the world on Tuesday that it is not entirely comfortable with the modern, democratic age when its police force capitulated to Islamic hardliners and banned one of the world’s most popular singers from performing here.

This deplorable development does not sit well with the majority in this country, of whatever creed, and indeed many took to social networks to vent their anger at the police for caving into the unrealistic demands of the perennially frenzied Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a grouping of intolerant Muslims best known for thrashing bars it thinks are “immoral.”

If anyone is depraved, it is the FPI, whose own leader was jailed for an attack on a religious-freedom rally.


Indonesia is making extraordinary strides in developing itself into a modern land, just 14 short years since the end of the Suharto dictatorship. Everywhere, people are prospering as the economy roars ahead and foreign investment pours in at record levels. It is fatally shameful that the authorities are willing to risk all this with primitive views about an American entertainer being “satanic” and a “risk” to the country.

The people will make up their own mind, and indeed Lady Gaga is overwhelmingly popular among the youth of Indonesia. That they are denied a chance to see their idol in their own land because a handful of hardliners nonsensically object and yet again manage to pressure the police is illogical.

No one needs reminding that Bali and the wider Indonesia have been subject to the satanic workings of militants this past decade, terrorists who have taken hundreds of lives, including scores of foreigners. Giving credence to people who are wildly intolerant and favour violence to get their way only serves to embolden them onto further self-serving acts.

The authorities would do well to heed the real threat among us. It is not one in a dress.


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2 Responses to “The Real Satan Among Us”

  1. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    The FPI are taking control of the country. In ten years time, if these trends continue, Indonesia will become an Islamic State. One needs the “thank” Saudi Arabia for this 🙁

  2. musa Says:

    It is fatally shameful that the authorities are willing to risk all this with primitive views about an American entertainer being “satanic” and a “risk” to the country. AUTHORITIES MOVED BASED UPON PUBLIC DEMAND. MODERNIZATION DOES NOT MEAN, CROSS LIMITS SET BY ONE CULTURE OR COMMUNITY BY OTHERS HAVING DIFFERENT VIEWS/OUTLOOK. IF WE LIVE WITHIN OUR LIMITS N AVOID IMPOSING ONES WILL ON OTHERS IS MUCH BETTER THAN JUST LECTURING.

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