Islamists March in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Jailed for Blasphemy

Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata
Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata

JAKARTA, Indonesia (New York Times) Tens of thousands of Indonesians marched in Jakarta on Friday, demanding that the city’s first Christian governor in decades be jailed for blasphemy. The rally was a show of strength by conservative Islamic groups, who were offended by his earlier remarks about the Quran and want to weaken him as he runs for re-election.

The governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is an ethnic Chinese Indonesian and the first Christian in nearly 50 years to govern Jakarta, capital of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

He has been a political target of some Islamic organizations since taking office in 2014. Some of those groups seized on comments he made in September to a group of fishermen, in which he lightheartedly cited a Quran verse that warns against taking Christians and Jews as friends.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The West and its mental sevant nations need the blasphemy laws, not any Islamic nations…

    • johndoe

      The last thing we need are blasphemy laws.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Secularists blaspheme with malice. They live to make religious people suffer. Secularism = No respect

        • johndoe

          Any proof? Secularism = individual choice. Nobody is making religious people suffer in the USA.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Secularists blaspheme. If they had anything true, they’d leave the Christians alone. Why do you come to Christian sites to bully the Christians? Your malice is the proof that secularists are evil.

          • johndoe

            Where have I bullied anyone or shown maluce? You need to reaquaint yourself with those terms. I come to christian sites as well as many other sites for debate and discusdion. Why do you continuously insult Americans?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I don’t insult Americans. I love America. Secular Westerners should stop attacking the Christianity their only sane conscience.

          • johndoe

            Yoy continuously insult me and ohers. Not very christian of you

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Staying with the topic. The West’s blasphemy against Christianity is sick. Their mental servants do mimicking.

          • johndoe

            Nobody is blaspheming your religion. You have a persecution complex.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Secular America insults Christianity and fines or imprisons those who oppose homosexuality. Hopefully the GOP majority will slow down the evil trend.

          • johndoe

            They were fined for discrimination. The gop can do nothing without the support of Americans

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, the West became mentally ill and suicidal by applying racial equality upon sexual immorality. No one imagined such new atrocity. It’s a new disaster for mankind to face militant pervs of the West. Hopefully American Christians will battle better than the German churches of 80 years ago against Nazism.

          • johndoe

            Nobodys oppressing the church. We have laws in America that prevent your type of discrimination.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            America is changing into tyranny by losing Christianity, but GOP win proved that Americans still seek fairness which is good.

          • johndoe

            Nope. Ive oppressed no one. Christianity giges a false sense of security only. There is no tyranny in America

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It is usual for criminals to claim innocence; it’s a falsehood. America promotes and orders and forces abortion and homosexuality. America needs to repent to get saved.

          • johndoe

            Quit being so insulting. Not a criminal in the least. Nobody has ordered or forced any abortions nor has anyone been turned gay. You are being ridiculoud

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The West should stop criminalizing opposing of sexual immorality. That is truly a human rights abuse.

          • johndoe

            Theres nothing criminal about opposing homosexuals.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The West makes opposing of homosexuality a crime. The homosexuals need callings for repentance of sins for obtaining salvation, but the secular government makes it impossible. There is no morality or full freedom among the secular West and its mental slaves.

          • johndoe

            Nope. Theres no cri.e in opposong homosexuality. The only mental slaves as those like yourself

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible provides the truth and freedom. Having God’s truth is freedom. “Mental slaves” here means all appeasers of the gay West who copy the West without thinking. Those who do not follow God fall into the same pit of moral chaos. Sin is slavery. Jesus alone gives mankind freedom. ( John ch.8)

  • Pottendorf

    Every time His name in vain…