Is Indonesia teetering toward theocracy?

Moderate Muslim leaders and human rights groups have renewed calls to scrap Indonesia’s 1965 blasphemy law following last week’s conviction and imprisonment of ethnic-Chinese Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama for his controversial reference to a verse in the Koran.

The growing use of the law, enshrined in Indonesia’s Criminal Code, inhibits free speech and has marginalized Christians, minority sect Muslims and other groups in a country whose secular Constitution clearly protects religious freedom.

  • Clausewitz

    “Towards”? I think they’re already there.

  • dagawker

    But everyone told they weren’t like all the rest? That they were somehow different?
    A special non-muslim-muslims?

  • ismiselemeas

    I thought they were a bastion of islamic democratic freedom? A shining example for both the real world and the islamic world to emulate?

  • Hard Little Machine

    There will likely be a genocide of the Chinese ethnic minority in either Indonesia or Malaysia, or both, soon.

  • Exile1981

    I thought it already was.

  • Barrington Minge

    “Oh allah, why is McDonalds closed?”