Jakarta’s Christian Governor Jailed for Blasphemy Against Islam

(Reuters) Jakarta’s Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

Tuesday’s guilty verdict for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass rallies during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Purnama losing his bid for another term as governor.

President Joko Widodo was an ally of Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian who is popularly known as “Ahok”, and the verdict will be a setback for a government that has sought to quell radical groups and soothe investors’ concerns that the country’s secular values were at risk.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God for the relatively light sentence for Ahok. Some Islamic nations execute those who are found with “blasphemies.” It’s the Westernized secular nations that need some blasphemy laws, none of the Islamic nations.

    • Herrnhut

      We should pray for enemy because they may not survive the next groaning of the land with seven ways return clause (Roman 8:19)

  • Croquet_Player

    Blasphemy laws are odious.

    • J J

      Lesbians are odious.

  • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

    Anyone who invests in a country which has Islamic “justice” should know that the corrupt and cowardly judges will not do anything to make sure that they retain their investment. See what they do to their own citizens for the most specious of charges – and that to protect the most stupid and baseless religion in the entire history of the world. If you give these people your money, you deserve to lose it.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Western Sodom is a disaster for investment, too. They ruin children by imposing Sodomy. May God’s Kingdom come.