Over the past six months, the Islamic Defenders Front has successfully rallied to imprison the editor of Indonesia’s very tame version of Playboy Magazine, stabbed a Christian pastor nearly to death and raided Asia’s largest gay film festival in Jakarta.
Billing itself as a rogue version of Indonesia’s moral police, the group — a self-proclaimed, 15-million strong “pressure group” — is swearing to rid its country of sin, GlobalPost is reporting. Also on the group’s hit list: prostitutes, gamblers, liberal Muslims and evangelical Christians.
“Society is diseased. Diseased with a social infection that violates Shariah,” the group’s 53-year-old co-founder, Tubagus Muhammed Siddiq, is quoted as saying in reference to Islamic law. “We fear for Indonesia’s future.”