Identity, Equality, Unity
An organization called “The Anti-Shia Alliance” has met with the express desire to attack the Shia minority in Indonesia (report in The Jakarta Globe). Even more distressing is the fact that this alliance is supported by Ahmed Heryawan, Governor of West Java and the fact that the Government of Indonesia has not taken instant action against such extreme hate-mongers
It is the responsibility of any civilized government to stomp out any and all hate groups that base their venom on the religious identity of a minority. For Indonesia to remain a member of civilized nations it must reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, dignity, and worth of the human person. Chief among are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from fear.
During the past few years, and on a global scale, a lot of robust rhetoric has been rendered in terms of words of promoting Intra-Faith dialogue and Shia-Sunni understanding, however, little has been done in terms of works of creating reconciliation and awareness between the two major sects of Islam. Of course there exists a trove of communiques, and other documents identifying the source of the sectarian rift and its consequences. Also, memorandums of understanding initiated by major Muslim organizations based in North America and agreements between various regional Mosques and Islamic centers belonging to the two sects are in place, however, it has yielded little in terms of impact on certain Muslim States who continue to defame, discriminate and persecute Shia Muslims on a daily basis.