Another ‘Blasphemy’ Victim! Indonesia Embarrassed Again?


After sending a good man to prison for ‘offences’ that would be laughed out of court in most democratic countries…

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…Indonesia now faces further embarrassment over its archaic ‘blasphemy’ legislation.

The interestingly named ‘Democratic Party’ has expelled a local official in East Java, because he dared question some tenets of the Muslim creed.

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Gambar terkait

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That’s the same party that ran SBY’s successful campaign for the presidency a few years ago, and since he, during his years in office, not only did nothing to scrap the bizarre ‘blasphemy’ law…

….but actually proposed that sectarian censorship be made a global diktat, no surprises, I guess, that the ‘Democrats’ are so eager to stomp poor Mr. Rendra Hadikurniawan.

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Hasil gambar untuk Rendra Hadikurniawan

Detained for saying what he thinks – Rendra taken by cops

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And indeed, any party has the right to expel any member it doesn’t want.

But the next chapter in this sorry saga is horrific, at least to those of us who care about Indonesia’s image overseas.

Sidoarjo Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor), the youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, said the statement from Rendra, who was a member of the Democratic Party prior to the allegations, had hurt a lot of Muslims.

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Unlikely that anybody was admitted to hospital from watching a video, so we must assume G P Ansor means those pathetic ‘hurt feelings,’ which normal grown-ups handle without running crying to the cops.

Times are a’changing here.

I had always – but now no longer – considered GP Ansor a ‘moderate’ outfit, because they had real cred in standing up to Islamist louts….

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But not any more, if this report is accurate – and I have no reason to think it’s inaccurate.

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“We reported him to the police to avoid further public unrest,” said the organization’s deputy chairman, Rachmad Muzayin, on Friday

East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung Mangera said that the police officers had arrested Rendra in Trawas in Mojokerto.

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For pity’s sakes!

Is it now a criminal offence to question dogma?

Well, yes, obviously!