Indonesia: kindergarten apologises for a 'Jihadi' parade

Indonesia: kindergarten apologises for a 'Jihadi' parade August 21, 2018

The head of the TK Kartika kindergarten in Probolinggo City, East Java, claims she had no intention of promoting radicalism after preschoolers were filmed marching in black veils and holding cut-out guns.
According to this report, Ms Hartatik said her kindergarten had chosen as their parade theme for Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day “the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah”, and had used the same costumes their students wore in last year’s parade in order to save money.
After video of the parade went viral, she was forced to publicly apologise at a press conference. She said yesterday:

There was no motive behind it and we had no intention of ­ingraining violence in children’s minds. I never thought it would cause controversy. What matters was children were happy to participate and they liked using the props.

Ms Hartatik said she had also sought permission from the military command, which Lieutenant Colonel Depri Rio Saransi confirmed yesterday, saying he had agreed because he had thought it would:

Promote Islamic values. The idea was to show Islam’s struggle and not radicalism, but it caused controversies and people perceived it differently. As military commander who oversees the kindergarten in our compound, I apologised. This is unintentional.

Parade organiser Supaini said organisers hadn’t scrutinised the costumes and props.

The organisers failed to be more ­selective and strict. Therefore I apologise. We organised this event to promote Indonesian art and ­culture. So I am sorry about this incident.

"They have had 2,000 years working through their views. While still "working" they were torturing ..."

No gay marriage here: faith-based wedding ..."
"White as a symbol of sexual purity is a whole different kettle of rotten fish ..."

No gay marriage here: faith-based wedding ..."
"Some idiot shouted heil hitler and gave the Nazi salute at a performance at Fiddler ..."

UK man who gave a Nazi ..."
"Wonder if they would have shown photos of my parents at the time, an interracial ..."

No gay marriage here: faith-based wedding ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • CoastalMaineBird

    As military commander who oversees the kindergarten
    I think I see the problem here…

  • barriejohn

    [H]e had thought it would:
    Promote Islamic values.

    Well, he’s spot on there!

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘the same costumes their students wore in last year’s parade ‘
    And what were they supposed to mean THEN?

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    These bloody Muslim Morons are scum bags of the first order.
    Muslim males come to Europe by paying loads of money to human smugglers. They then falsely claim themselves as Syrians (but in reality are Pakis, Afghans, Turks, Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians etc.) to get easy settlement into EU. Thanks to that ugly idiotic Mummy Merkel.
    The aforesaid category of scumbags then sexually harass every white Caucasian girl/women irrespective of her age.
    These Muslims males are sexual predators and hunt in groups while keeping their own Muslim women wrapped up in big tents from head to toe.
    The irony is that European Nations are financing these junks by providing them free housing and a liberal monthly allowance to screw up free/liberal European culture.

  • Broga

    “Promote Islamic values.”
    I suppose that means the non Islamists get the chop – literally. It is acceptable to lie, thief and cheat non Islamists. Beat up women, slice their clitorises so that a woman is always in pain during intercourse, breed like rabbits and get health care and education paid for by your taxes ……..you know the rest.
    When are we going to wake up? When it is too late? They are worse than Christians and that sets the bar very low.

  • 1859

    ‘Promoting islamic values’…..I can just see the above photograph with the caption – ‘Islam, The Religion of Peace.’

  • Jack

    Pure filth … true islamic teaching in plain view … exterminate the kuffar.

  • Har Davids

    Proof, once again, that religion is a disease that must be eradicated.

  • gedediah

    @Gaurav Tyagi. Wow so much hate. Don’t think I’d want to meet you in real life.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @gedediah, I spent almost 7 years living in The Netherlands (pursuing my University education) during that time, I travelled widely across Europe to many countries (also England),
    Whatever, I said might hurt the “left liberals” but is based on facts and personal experiences. I hate so called ‘political correctness’.
    By the way, what do you say about this;
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35250903
    As per you, these girls and women probably made up these stories, uhhh
    You meet me or not is besides the point. I know what I am talking about.

  • barriejohn

    Gaurav Tyagi: However strongly you feel about Muslims, I do wish that you would desist from attacking Angela Merkel on a personal basis, and stick to dealing with her policies. Whether you consider her ugly or not is beside the point, and beauty, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder!

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @barriejohn, beauty indeed is in the eyes of the beholder but Merkel pioneered this idiotic policy of open door, which resulted in EU being flooded with fake refugees.
    She did it to get a Nobel peace prize and to gain votes for her political party in Germany.
    Real poor people cannot even afford to leave their countries because of lack of funds. All these boat people pay a large sum of money to the human smugglers in Libya etc. to come to Europe. They are just Economic opportunists.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Angela Merkel is at odds with a lot of her own party, not to mention the Bayerisch CSU over immigration and could well lose her leadership, if not the next election over the issue.
    I am no fan of Merkel but suggest some readers of this forum put their prejudices aside and try to learn a little about the country and its politicians. I am no expert but have lived and worked in Germany for brief spells over the last decade so have some local knowledge.

  • gedediah

    @Gaurav Tyagi. You don’t know me yet you assume I am a left liberal, that I would dismiss well documented assaults on women in Germany. You’re wrong.
    I live in a city with a large muslim immigrant population, many of them refugees. I’ve come across a few people like those you describe, but the great majority of muslims in my experience are moderate, decent, law-abiding people.
    You generalise unfairly and I’m not going to let that go by without comment..

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @ gedediah, I did not call you a left liberal. I just meant that left liberals hate criticizing Islam and other religions but only bad mouth the religion they are born into.
    For example- left liberals in India criticize Hinduism a lot while saying nothing against Islam and Christanity.
    In my opinion that’s sheer hypocrisy. If one denies the existence of God and is an Atheist than the person should be equally critical of all religions.
    Our opinions are largely based on our personal experiences.You largely saw one particular category while I experienced the other kind.
    If you say that a large majority of Muslims are decent, law abiding then you should extend the same logic to Christians and say the same thing.
    My point is that anyone, who is a follower of that paedophile, medieval desert war-lord in these modern times needs a paradigm shift. I say the same about followers of other religions as well.

  • 1859

    @ Mr.Tyagi: Be careful – ‘Hhe who fights too long against the dragon, becomes the dragon.’ You are beginning to sound too much like a frothing-at-the-mouth, swivel-eyed zealot with a shaky hold on reality. No offence meant.

  • Gaurav Tyagi

    @1859 thanks for your advice. No offence taken.
    In Muslim countries various sects of Islam fight amongst each other. Shia, Sunnis, Wahabis etc. Look at the situation in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya etc.
    While the role of U.S. in ruining Iraq, Syria and Libya cannot be under-estimated. The populations of the aforesaid countries should be mature enough to realize the futility of fighting against each other.
    Regarding this mass influx of Muslims into Europe. It indeed is a grave problem. Why don’t these refugees move to UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman etc?
    All the above mentioned Islamic countries are quite prosperous, geographically closer as well as culturally and religiously similar to these so called ‘refugees’ places of origin.
    These people pay money to human smugglers and move to Europe because they know that the quality of life in EU is much better than Middle East and Africa.
    My point is once in a free and liberal society like England, Germany, Sweden etc. why do they still stick to their obsolete religion and tradition?
    This whole refugee business is just ‘passport shopping’
    I live in China where the government doesn’t tolerate any dissent. Recently, the Chinese authorities came up with a directive that all Mosques in China have to put up the Chinese flag;
    https://kenyannews.co.ke/capital-fm-kenya/china-calls-on-all-mosques-to-raise-national-flag/
    Inspite of measures like this. China also has major problems with Islamic extremism especially Xinjiang province.
    Muslims aren’t at peace with each other similarly, there isn’t any country in the world where, Muslims co-habit peacefully with others.

  • Gaurav Tyagi