Category Archives: Indonesia

Two Muslims screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ stab a policeman to death hours before Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan in Indonesia

Two alleged Islamic State group militants stabbed a police officer to death in western Indonesia in the latest assault targeting officials in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

The two attackers shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, or God is great, as they entered a security post in North Sumatra’s police headquarters in Medan city before Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.

Several police officers fought back against the two militants, killing one and critically injuring another.


Islamic State cells in nearly all Indonesian provinces: military chief

Pretty damn upfront about it too…

The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said.

General Gatot Nurmantyo’s comments late on Monday that there are clandestine “sleeper” cells across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago underscored concerns about Islamic State’s growing influence in Southeast Asia.

“After observation, we see that in almost every province … there are already IS cells, but they are sleeper cells,” Nurmantyo told reporters in the capital, Jakarta.

He singled out the predominantly Christian province of Papua as one of the few exceptions.

“These sleeper cells can easily join up with other radical cells,” he said.


Indonesian province sets up anti-LGBT taskforce after gay men caned for having sex

Indonesian police have set up a new task force to investigate activities by gay men and women in the country’s most populous province, amid outrage over the caning of two men.

West Java police chief Anton Charliyan said the unit includes police, army and provincial officials, and will monitor and search for locations used for parties by LGBT people.

He told reporters in Bandung that gay people suffered a “disease of the body and soul” and “will not be accepted in society”.


Indonesian police arrest more than 140 men at alleged gay sauna party

Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.

Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening.

Justin the Gay Blade gave Indonesia millions of your dollars to promote the usual asinine bullshit.


Cut Indonesia aid until sharia law barbarism ends

IT is clear that Islamist elements are increasing their influence in Australia’s biggest neighbouring country, Indonesia. Tomorrow, two young men convicted of homosexuality will be caned in front of a crowd in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh.

The men, aged 23 and 20, were caught together when a vigilante mob broke into their home and beat them before dragging them to the local sharia police facility.

In a distressing video of the incident, the terrified men are physically and verbally abused by the enraged intruders even as they beg for mercy.


The place where almost anything can get you in serious trouble…

IT’S pretty easy to wind up being publicly caned by authorities in a province on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Canings in the region of Aceh are typically conducted using a thin, rattan cane in front of huge crowds outside mosques.

It’s a punishment for gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers. Young, unmarried adults are commonly sentenced to lashings for standing in proximity to someone of the opposite sex. And the casting net has now been widened.


Islamists Just Threw A Christian Politician In Jail For ‘Blasphemy’ Against The Quran

What’s most disturbing is that the judges’ decision is a capitulation not only to Islamic law but to the demands of the mob.

The outgoing governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has been sentenced to two years in prison. His crime wasn’t corruption or bribery. It was “insulting the Quran.” This is a bad sign for Indonesia’s democracy, and an ominous warning for Christians in Indonesia.

Ahok, the Christian incumbent, was up for re-election against a Muslim candidate when charges were brought against him. Ahok’s purported crime of insulting the Quran happened during a speech he gave to the Thousand Islands regency in September 2016. In that speech, he said voters were being deceived into thinking the Quran prohibits Muslims from voting for a non-Muslim politician.


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.


Indonesia: Free Speech vs. Treason

In the two decades since the fall of Indonesian President Suharto’s 32-year reign in 1998, the use of the accusation of “treason” as a governmental tool to quash political opposition gradually reemerged in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Today, however, those trying to overthrow the leadership are Islamists intent on unraveling the fabric of a pluralistic society.

This situation has led to the debate over freedom of speech and the separation of church and state — or, here, mosque and state.


Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy

Jakarta’s Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the Jakarta court that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison”.

He ordered Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, to be detained. Purnama said: “We will file an appeal.” Islamic hardliners outside the court cheered as news of verdict emerged and shouted “God is greatest”.


Indonesia cracks down on pro-caliphate Islamic hardliners Hizb ut-Tahrir

The activities of Hizbut Tahrir were not in line with the pluralistic state ideology in Muslim-majority Indonesia, the nation’s top security minister said on Monday.

“After careful consideration, the government deems it necessary to take legal action to disband [the group] throughout Indonesia,” said Chief Security Minister Wiranto.Hizbut Tahrir wants to unite all Muslims in a global caliphate under Sharia law, but the movement insists it only uses non-violent means.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Lavish’ Gift to Indonesia: Radical Islam

Accompanied by a 1,500-strong entourage, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Indonesia on March 1 for a nine-day gala tour. He was welcomed warmly not only as the monarch of one of the world’s richest countries, but as the custodian of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina.

While appearing to be taking a holiday rather than embarking on an official state visit — the 81-year-old sovereign spent six days at a resort in Bali — the king had some serious business to attend to. In what was advertised as an effort to promote “social interaction” between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia — with His Majesty announcing a billion-dollar aid package, unlimited flights between the two countries and the allotment of 50,000 extra spots per year for Indonesian pilgrims to make the hajj to Mecca and Medina – it seems as if the real purpose of the trip was to promote and enhance Salafism, an extremist Sunni strain, in the world’s largest Muslim country, frequently hailed in the West as an example of a moderate Islamic society.