Muslim Leader of Protests Against Jakarta’s Christian Governor Now Facing Blasphemy Charges

Source: The Gospel Herald

By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT

In an ironic turn of events, the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who led the charge against the Christian governor of Jakarta for blasphemy is now facing the same charge after making an offensive comment regarding Jesus Christ.

According to Asia News, on Christmas Day, Rizieq Shihab was videotaped as saying, “If God had a son, then who was the midwife?” while explaining why Muslims should not allow others to wish them a Merry Christmas.

When the Indonesian Catholic Students Association (PMKRI) saw footage of the speech, it decided to take him to court, accusing him and two others of blasphemy under section A of Article 156 of the Constitution. If convicted, the Muslim leader faces five years in prison.

PMKRI president Angelius Wake Kako said the religious feelings of Christians “have been hurt and humiliated” and said every Indonesian “should respect diversity and not interfere in the private affairs of other religions. Only Christians know the Christian faith. It is better for all those who do not have that knowledge to be silent.”

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