Pence Visits Mosque, Declares Indonesia’s Moderate Islam ‘an Inspiration to the World’

Vice President Mike Pence poses with, from left, his daughters Audrey and Charlotte, his wife Karen, the chairman of Istiqlal Mosque Muhammad Muzammil Basyuni and the Grand Imam of the mosque Nasaruddin Umar in Jakarta on April 20, 2017. (Adek Berry/Pool Photo via AP)

PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson, April 27, 2017:

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta today during the first visit by a Trump administration official to Indonesia.

The Masjid Istiqlal, the largest mosque in southeast Asia that can accommodate 200,000 worshipers, is the same one President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited during Obama’s 2010 trip to the world’s most populous Muslim country.

As is custom, Pence removed his shoes while wife Karen Pence and daughters Audrey and Charlotte also donned headscarves.

The family met Grand Imam Haji Nasaruddin Umar and other officials, toured the prayer hall and saw how the five-times-a-day call to prayer is done.

Pence then joined and spoke at a closed-door interfaith dialogue with representatives from Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam.

At Merdeka Palace remarks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo before the mosque tour, Pence said President Trump “sent me here as a sign of the high value the United States places on our strategic partnership with Indonesia.”

“As the second and third largest democracies in the world, our two countries share many common values — including freedom, the rule of law, human rights, and religious diversity,” he said. “The United States is proud to partner with Indonesia to promote and protect these values, the birthright of all people.”

Pence talked about multiple areas of cooperation, including leveling the playing field “to ensure that American exporters can fully participate in the Indonesia market, the same freedom that Indonesia exporters have had in many sectors in the United States for many years.”

“The United States is also proud to be one of Indonesia’s oldest and most engaged defense partners. And under President Trump we are firmly committed to continuing to collaborate on the security of both of our peoples. A stronger defense partnership will serve us well as we confront the various security threats and challenges that we now face. And of course, one of the greatest threats we face is the rise and spread of terrorism,” he added.

“…Finally, with President Trump’s leadership, the United States intends to deepen our cultural ties with the nation and the good people of Indonesia. Later today I’m greatly humbled to have the privilege to visit Indonesia’s national mosque, where I’ll have the opportunity to speak with leaders of many faiths. And, Mr. President, I’m very much looking forward to that visit and that honor.”

Pence noted that “the largest majority Muslim country, Indonesia’s tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world.”

“In your nation, as in mine, religion unifies — it doesn’t divide. It gives us hope for a brighter future, and we are all grateful for the great inspiration that Indonesia provides for the world,” the vice president added. “Rest assured, under President Trump, the United States welcomes all who share our values and strive for that brighter future.”

The population is Indonesia is about 87 percent Muslim, 7 percent Protestant, 3 percent Catholic, and less than 2 percent Hindu with other faiths including Buddhism and Confucianism making up the balance.

Widodo said that next month a U.S.-Indonesian team “will discuss the arrangement of trade and investment bilateral between the countries based on the principles of win-win solution.”

“As the largest Muslim population country in the world, as well as the third largest democracy in the world, Indonesia also agree to strengthen cooperation on peace,” Widodo added. “That is what I can convey to you all in this auspicious occasion.”

3 thoughts on “Pence Visits Mosque, Declares Indonesia’s Moderate Islam ‘an Inspiration to the World’

  1. Please don’t buy their lies!!!! Is there such a thing as a moderate muslim? Do they teach violence??? They DO teach lying to the infidel!!!!!!! So what did you see a moderate muslim or lying to the infidel????

  2. Pence Visits Mosque, Declares Indonesia’s Moderate Islam ‘an Inspiration to the World.’

    A picture is worth a thousand words:

    1. First of all Pence is wrong because there is no Moderate Islam, there is only Islam…so Pence does not have a clue. Pence thinks he is showing respect and being nice, but to the Muslim mind, Pence and his family are subjugating themselves to Islam…a huge sign of weakness.
    2. Notice how the men are standing together away from the women in the Islamic tradition… because women are second-class humans in Islam and must be controlled and segregated.
    3. Notice how Pence’s wife and daughters have subdued themselves by wearing the hijab? This is pathetic in the extreme…
    4. By virtue of their words and deeds, the entire Pence family has displayed dhimmitude (the mind of the dhimmi) and represented Americans as apologists to Islam. Pence has unwittingly subjugated not only himself and his family, but America under Islam. And people wonder why we are losing the war against these 7th century savages!!!

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