Minorities shrug off guarantee of freedoms

The Jakarta Post,

Followers of minority faiths have dismissed the remark on state protection of religious freedoms, citing inconsistency on the ground and in the courts.

Constitutional Court chief Mahfud MD told visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday that people could even be atheists and communists as long as they did not ‘interfere’ with people who chose a religion.

A Shia follower, Iklil Al Milal, 40, for instance, said Mahfud’s statement contradicted with last week’s verdict on his brother, Tajul Muluk, who was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam.

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Categories: Asia, Indonesia

1 reply

  1. Where in Islam is there a punishment for blasphemy? And what exactly do these people consider it as such?

    Did they give any backing of the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), when imprisoning this guy?

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