Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: "Indonesia: Kindergarten dresses children as armed jihadis for parade"


ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing). His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe FederalistThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.


Indonesia: Kindergarten dresses children as armed jihadis for parade

“I never meant to teach violence to my students. We only used the props that we already had to cut costs for parents.”
Why did he have cardboard cutouts of assault rifles already on hand? What does he use them for, if not to teach violence?
“Kindergarten in Indonesia dresses children as armed jihadis for parade, sparks backlash,” AFP, August 20, 2018:
PROBOLINGGO (AFP) – An Indonesian kindergarten apologised on Monday (Aug 20) after images of its pint-sized students marching in niqab veils and carrying cardboard cutouts of assault rifles sparked outrage.
Organisers were left red-faced after a torrent of criticism suggested the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-style outfits promoted violence in a country that has long struggled with militant attacks.
The group of about 15 students were taking part in a parade for Indonesia’s independence day last Friday near the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya.
The Kartika kindergarten, which is located inside a military complex in Probolinggo town, said the costumes were resurrected from storage to save parents the cost of buying new ones.
It denied that the gun replicas and full-body veils promoted extremism.
“I never meant to teach violence to my students,” said school principal Suhartatik, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
“We only used the props that we already had to cut costs for parents. I deeply apologise.”
The costumes had been used in previous parades to teach students about the Prophet Muhammad’s faith and beliefs, she added.
But the principal’s explanation was met with derision on Indonesian social media.
“Nobody carried assault rifles in the prophet’s time – is this teacher that clueless about history or was she just trying to dodge the blame?” one user posted on Twitter.
Another tweeted: “Obviously the seeds of ISIS are being nurtured early on.”…