Aceh is NOT ‘Conservative’ “Barbaric’ Is the Proper Adjective!

I see Indonesia’s international reputation is once more being tainted by the bigot savages who run Aceh, the shariah-stricken province which likes to style itself the Verandah of Mecca. 


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The media reports of an ‘elderly Christian woman’ publicly flogged by a masked sectarian lout are sickening.

They would be just as bad, were the victim an elderly Muslim woman, or indeed a young Muslim woman.

In this case,the lady was seized for selling alcohol – the first time someone from outside the Islamic faith has been punished there under strict religious laws. The 60-year was whipped nearly 30 times with a rattan cane before a crowd of hundreds in Aceh province Tuesday, an official said, along with a couple who were subjected to 100 lashes for committing adultery.


And as Parliament in Jakarta debates the Prohibition Bill,  which would extend the ‘offence’ of selling a drink across the entire archipelago, this sends a shudder through everyone except the worst elements in the land.

But PLEASE! Will the media please stop calling Aceh ‘conservative.’

‘Immoral Activities – Sitting in Coffee Shops Laughing and Talking…’ 

Islamist Inquisition in Aceh – ” Minority Religious Creed ‘Worse Than Tsunami!’ “



Aceh’s Mad Mullah – ‘Dancing is EVIL – It Involves Body Movements!’ 



Aceh is in fact merely BARBARIC!


Conservatism, in the Indonesian context, reflects the thinking of those who yearn for a return to the good old days.

They were fading even when I first came here,,just after the fall of Sukarno, an era of easy-going inter-faith tolerance of which my first students told me, when Christians and Muslims helped each other decorate their neighbourhoods for Christmas and Idul Fitri.

In those days it would have been unimaginable to see innocent people bludgeoned to death for religious dissent. Moronic rabble trying to prevent minority houses of worship being built may have existed, but they didn’t swagger with the impunity we see today. Headscarves were much fewer, and short skirts much more frequent.

A lost paradise?

Maybe, but it’s the Indonesian past that REAL conservatives dream of.