Indonesia: Christian enclave faces upheaval as “halal tourism” is advanced

The jihad is permanent and relentless. It will not stop until the last disbeliever is eliminated. That is the nature of the beast.

Will Hannah Beech from the NYT report on this imminent genocide & tell the murderous Moslems to stop their jihad? Never in a hundred years.

“Lake Toba and the surrounding region is home to the country’s largest Christian ethnic minority group, the Batak.” But now the provincial governor of North Sumatra, Edy Rahmayadi, has proposed making the area attractive to Muslim tourists, via “halal tourism.”

“Ideas included introducing halal certification for restaurants and building more mosques.” This means an abrupt end of peace for the Christian community. The first blow is to their farming tradition.

The Batak have farmed pigs for generations. Their cuisine is synonymous with pork, often served grilled or stewed in a spicy sauce made with pig blood. The governor’s mere suggestion the tradition could be curtailed led one local Batak activist to announce a pork festival for later this month replete with hog races, a bacon cook-off and a booth to take selfies with the fair’s most impressive sow.”

A Christian local asked the question:  “Muslim tourists have been coming here for years and never complained. Why do we have to limit Lake Toba by making it halal?” The reason is to promote Islam and diminish Christianity. It is about Islamic supremacist imposition and expansion. “Once considered at the vanguard of moderate Islam, Indonesia in the past decade and a half has veered toward a more conservative brand of the religion influenced by Arab Wahhabism.”

This is the general picture in Indonesia:

Now, with what looks to be an Islamic revival in Indonesia thanks to “born again Muslims,” Indonesia is seeing a “rapid growth in demand for halal food,” housing developments to give Muslims “the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad,” sharia banking, “Islamic friendly” entertainment, and Muslim prayer festivals, all helped along by online Islamic preachers. The country is also experiencing the impact of Saudi Arabia quietly spreading its “brand of puritanical Islam.”

Once “halal tourism” is imposed upon Lake Toba, more intolerance, persecution of Christians and general misery will also follow, as happens everywhere Islamization is advanced.

“A Christian Enclave Confronts a Proposal to Attract Muslim Tourists,” by David Pierson, Jerusalem Post, October 15, 2019:

AKE TOBA, Indonesia – The ground still occasionally trembles here, a reminder of the active volcano below that last erupted 75,000 years ago and blasted a crater out of the Earth the size of Los Angeles.

The violent explosion, which triggered a global volcanic winter, formed a natural wonder – a massive oval lake ringed by steep mountains and filled in the center with a verdant island that’s lured adventurous travelers to this remote part of Sumatra for decades.

But Lake Toba has seen better days. Its local tourist industry has struggled since the 1997 Asian financial crisis and 2002 Bali bombing. The sinking last year of a ferry that drowned more than 160 passengers in the lake’s deep waters delivered another major blow.

It was against this backdrop that Edy Rahmayadi, the provincial governor of North Sumatra, proposed reviving the area by making Lake Toba more amenable to Muslim tourists, a growing force in the global travel industry dubbed “halal tourism.” Ideas included introducing halal certification for restaurants and building more mosques.

Where critics say Rahmayadi went too far was when he suggested regulating the decidedly non-halal practice of slaughtering pigs in public. To mark a birthday or wedding, residents around Lake Toba typically kill and carve a hog for a feast, sometimes on someone’s driveway.

“If [Muslim] tourists see that, they’ll never come back to Lake Toba again,” Rahmayadi told reporters.

If this were almost any place else in Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim nation – many would nod in agreement. But Lake Toba and the surrounding region is home to the country’s largest Christian ethnic minority group, the Batak.

Converted by German missionaries in the 1800s (sometimes at great peril because of instances of ritual cannibalism), the Batak have farmed pigs for generations. Their cuisine is synonymous with pork, often served grilled or stewed in a spicy sauce made with pig blood.

The governor’s mere suggestion the tradition could be curtailed led one local Batak activist to announce a pork festival for later this month replete with hog races, a bacon cook-off and a booth to take selfies with the fair’s most impressive sow.

“Pigs are precious here,” said Togu Simorangkir, who organized the festival on a whim after reading the Muslim governor’s comments in a Facebook post. “They provide financial security. When parents greet their kids, they don’t ask if they’ve eaten yet, they ask if they’ve fed the pigs yet.”

Rahmayadi’s comments touched a nerve. Batak in the area now say they’re unwilling to cede their culture, particularly as the power and influence of Islam has encroached deeper into Indonesian life.

The dispute highlights the ever-present tensions in a country with more than 300 ethnic groups spread across 17,000 islands practicing six officially recognized religions – one of which dominates politics in Indonesia while exhibiting growing signs of intolerance.

Once considered at the vanguard of moderate Islam, Indonesia in the past decade and a half has veered toward a more conservative brand of the religion influenced by Arab Wahhabism…..

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