Oh, that “moderate” Indonesia, where the Minister of Information boasts of not giving his hand to women not belonging to his family (wouldn’t be interested in any case… ):
Indonesia’s pious information minister, Tifatul Sembiring, is in hot water for touching the hand of First Lady Michelle Obama, in what he describes as forced contact. The politician flaunts his conservatism as a Muslim and claims to avoid touching women who aren’t family members, the Associated Press reports.
Indonesia — which has the world’s largest Islamic population, the vast majority moderate — had been debating how to handle encounters between the first lady and observant Muslim officials far in advance of the Obamas’ arrival in the country Monday.
Sembiring sought to deflect criticism by claiming Tuesday’s skin-to-skin contact was all Michelle Obama’s fault. “I tried to prevent [being touched] with my hands but Mrs. Michelle held her hands too far toward me [so] we touched,” Tifatul Sembiring explained on his Twitter page (according to a translation provided in the AP report).
Some local observers laughed at that idea, and one female reporter gleefully said he wouldn’t be able to avoid shaking her hand anymore, AP reported.
Meanwhile, Obama has done “Muslim outreach in Indonesia“, visiting a mosque. The interesting thing is that he didn’t go to the Golden Temple of the Sikhs because “he didn’t want to cover his head while in the Temple“. Was that an excuse because of the ancient enmity between Muslims and Sikhs?
Why Obama does a “Muslim outreach” but not a “Sikh outreach”? ❓
Of course, about the daily persecution on non-Muslims, nothing has been said, although Obama has insisted that “Islam has been hijacked by some extremists”… with the inestimable help of some Governments, including “moderate” ones, such as Indonesian:
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