Yahya Zaini, a senior Indonesian politician, resigned from his position after he was featured with an Indonesian Dangdut singer, Maria Eva, 29, in a steamy sex video that was widely circulated over the internet.
Mr. Zaini was the head of his party's religious affairs committee, which has responsibility for moral issues.
The video showed Zaini and the dangdut singer naked in a hotel room. (Indonesian Politician Sex Video Scandal, Yahya Zaini & Maria Eva ...)
Most Indonesian Moslems are moderate and kind.
The province of Aceh is different because its form of Islam came direct from Saudi Arabia.
In April 2009, there were elections in the province of Aceh in Indonesia.
The mad and very nasty Islamic hardliners performed poorly.
The secular Partai Aceh did well.
The Partai Aceh-dominated parliament convenes in October 2009.
In September 2009, the old Aceh parliament expanded Islamic Law so that people can be stoned to death.
The draft law came from the office of Governor Irwandi Yusuf, a US-educated vet.
(Almost 50% of French Muslims believe sex between unmarried people is morally acceptable. - aangirfan: HOW DANGEROUS ARE MOSLEMS?)
The laws include punishments for drinking alcohol and homosexuality.
Bustanul Arifin, of the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, sat on the committee that oversaw the bill.
''We based the law on the Koran and the hadith,'' said Arifin.
Aceh has had a form of sharia since 2002.
A sharia police force has been created.
The latest expansion of Islamic law could be overturned by Indonesia's home affairs minister and the national parliament.Jakartass refers to legislators trying to "foist their largely unwanted agenda on the electorate. The most notorious example has to be that of the Aceh regional government which believes that stoning adulterers will eradicate sexual 'deviants' and caning will cure homosexuals (even though sado-masochism is, for some, a form of sexual deviancy.)
"In two weeks, a new political regime, that of the former GAM 'rebels', will take their seats and most probably cast out the primitive by-law."
Hidayat Nur Wahid, founder of Indonesian radical Islamic party PKS, Prosperous Justice Party (Indonesian Democracy’s Enemy Within)
When the CIA was trying to frustrate democracy in Central America, they used Moslem money, from the Saudis. (Cached)
In Indonesia, money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf has been financing mosques and preachers demanding a 'purer' form of Islam. (Indonesian Democracy’s Enemy Within)
Beginning in the 1970s, "activists linked to the Saudi-sponsored Islamic World League began indoctrinating small groups at the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology with Brotherhood materials". (Indonesian Democracy’s Enemy Within)
In 1998, there was the possibility that Indonesia would change its government and become a democracy like Malaysia, where there is no miserable poverty.
Unfortunately, Indonesia's American-trained military hijacked the 1998 protest movement.
The May 1998 riots which toppled Suharto were organised by the military; certain Chinese people were made the scapegoats for all of Indonesia's problems; most of the old elite, consisting of generals, Chinese-Indonesian businessmen, religious leaders and politicians, remained in power; certain factions within the elite lost out.
Now sections of the elite are using Islam to frustrate democracy.
Indonesia's Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) 'is Indonesia's version of the Muslim Brotherhood'. (Playing with Fire in Indonesia). It supports 'Moslem values'.
"According to CIA agent Miles Copeland... the CIA began to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood... This signalled the beginning of an alliance between the traditional regimes and mass Islamic movements against Nasser and other secular forces." (aangirfan: The use of the Muslim Brotherhood by MI6 and the CIA in ...)
In the 2004 national elections, the PKS won 45 out of 550 seats in the Indonesian lower house (DPR). They also got 3 seats in the cabinet. (Playing with Fire in Indonesia)
In April 2008, PKS candidates won the Governorships of West Java and North Sumatra.
However, in the 9 April 2009 elections, the party came fourth with only 7.9 percent of the votes.
Why do some poor Indonesians vote for the PKS? They are fed up with "corruption, poor public services, poverty, and the perceived lack of real political choice." (Playing with Fire in Indonesia)
The PKS has formed an alliance with Indonesia's president Yudhoyono, a former Suharto general.
Reportedly, the "founding manifesto" of the Justice Party that went on to become the PKS, called for the creation of an Islamic caliphate. (Indonesian Democracy’s Enemy Within)
According to Walter Lohman, "The Indonesian political elite... believe they can turn the PKS's success to their own advantage..." (Playing with Fire in Indonesia)
Why might the CIA be helping the PKS?
Walter Lohman (Playing with Fire in Indonesia) reminds us of "the threat of a burgeoning Chinese presence in Asia."
A Saudi-style Indonesia will have no love for China, and may side with the USA in countering it.
An independent-minded democratic Indonesia might not side with the USA.
In the UK, a public school mistress, who was "pressured" into a lesbian affair by a 15-year-old pupil, wept as she was jailed for 15 months.
Music teacher Helen Goddard - nicknamed "the jazz lady" - befriended the youngster as they met for coffee after lessons. Their relationship eventually became sexual.