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Teaching Tolerance Through Comics in Indonesia

A series of comics is being released in Indonesia to promote diversity and tolerance in hopes to combat messages of intolerance from Muslim extremist groups.  A newly released comic profiles the true story of Nasir Abas who became disenchanted with the Islamic radical movement.  The al-Qaida-linked militant is doing it through a 137 page graphic novel, Kutemukan Makna JihadAbas fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion and later became the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah.  Abas had a change of heart when the group began to target civilians including the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people.  Though he wasn’t directly involved, some people he trained were.

Abas now advocates for religious tolerance and works with authorities to rehabilitate Islamic radicals.  In an interview Abas had to this to say:

I am a Muslim. I have my own obligations and one of my obligations is to tell the good deeds and to prohibit the bad deeds.  So I have a responsibility to stop my friends not to do the bad deeds.

But this is only one example of what’s going on.  At the Ash-Shidiqiyah Islamic boarding school outside of Jakarta, teenage students are being introduced to another comic series that focuses on the adventures of students and how they deal with stereotypes and misinformation.

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Talking to the AP Abas said:

I want children to learn from my experience.  I don’t want them to make the same mistakes.

Danish Cartoon Murder Plot

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Danish police are saying five Muslim men have been arrested after raids for “planning a gun attack at the Copenhagen offices of a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005″.  The suspected Islamist extremists were planning to attack the office of newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Four suspects are held in Denmark and one in Sweden.  The suspects are two Swedish residents with Tunisian backgrounds, one Lebanon-born Swede, an Iraqi and one with Swedish heritage.

Choice Quotes

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Barack the Barbarian #4

Bill – Ha! We’ve got the Elephant cultists on the run, Manny!

Cultist 1 – How could this happen to us?  Shouldn’t they be grateful to us for our fiscal responsibility?

Cultist 2 – Or our superior understanding of global economic and diplomatic finesse?

Cultist 3 – If we can just make it to the warehouse, we can hide under the tea bags!


Barack the Barbarian – It is a goddess!  But how is she also a treasure?  And what exactly… does she want from me?

Hilaria – Her name is Liberty.  And she wants you to re-light her torch.


Barack the Barbarian – She’s right.  A sword might help you win liberty, but it takes more than that to sustain it.

Black Panther #12

News reporter – …calling itself the Desturi have overthrown the government of Wakanda in what is being called a ‘nearly bloodless coup’.  All Ambassadors have been recalled and all foreigners have been ordered out of the country immediately…

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #3

Aladdin – But even so, Islam is not nearly as restrictive as you in the west might think.  In many ways, we are even more progressive than you.

Cinderella – Tell that to the pair of tourists arrested in Dubai last year for drinking orange juice in public during Ramadan.  Or what about the Afghani women jailed on charges of “illegal sexual relations” after they’d been raped by strangers?

Aladdin – That’s hardly fair.  You’re judging an entire belief system by the actions of a few extremists.

Choice Quotes

Secret Invasion #8

Teddy – Kate, even with the little I know about my heritage, I know this isn’t what the Skrull empire stands for.  The was extremism.  This was terrorism.

Kate – I don’t understand why they want the Earth so badly.  Didn’t you say they have a dozen planets?

Teddy –  They do.

Skrull – We do not.  Tragedy has decimated our people.  Our planets no longer exist.  Our faith was our last chance.  This was our last chance.

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A very light week for quotes.  There is one thing that consistently crossed my mind reading all of Marvel’s Secret Invasion tie-ins this week.  I couldn’t help but notice similarities between the motivation of the Skrulls and a certain real world religion.

Secret Invasion: X-Men #1

This is Holy war we’ve embarked on.  A crusade.  Only the very best — The bravest, the strongest, the most radiant in virtue — are fit to fight in a crusade.

To break it down more the Skrulls seem to be split into two factions who don’t get along and one is much more extreme and on a quest to liberate humanity from the oppression it views the super human community brings it.

Invading Skrulls = Al Qaeda?

Super Humans = the West/U.S.?