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Wasn’t it Yeats who penned the immortal lines:

…the best lack all conviction…the worst are full of righteous piety…? in his apocalyptic poem The Second Coming?

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Moderate groups under fire for silence over radicals


Abdul Khalik ,† The Jakarta Post ,† Jakarta † | †Thu, 06/19/2008 9:59 AM† | †Headlines


Moderate Muslim organizations and political parties have come under fire for failing to demonstrate their religious tolerance following a government decree against an Islamic minority sect.


As major moderate groups, the nation’s two largest Muslim organizations Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah should have prevented the issuance of a joint ministerial decree against Jamaah Ahmadiyah, say Muslim scholars and political observers.


They told The Jakarta Post the decree showed the NU and Muhammadiyah were powerless to counter extremist and conservative elements in their campaigns for Islamism.


The anti-Ahmadiyah decree was issued by the government earlier this month amid intense pressure from many extremist groups, including the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.

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