Court upholds blasphemy law

JAKARTA: Human rights groups pilloried Indonesia's Constitutional Court yesterday after it upheld a 1965 blasphemy law, ruling in favour of orthodox religions over basic freedoms.

On Monday the court rejected a petition by moderate Muslims, religious minorities, democracy advocates and rights groups against the law, in a case seen as an important test of the mainly Muslim country's pluralism.

By a margin of eight to one, the judges ruled that the law was imperfect but did not contravene the constitution of the world's most populous Muslim country, which guarantees freedoms of belief and expression.

The law carries a maximum punishment of five years for beliefs that deviate from the orthodox versions of six sanctioned faiths: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Confucianism. [...]

Of course there were fears this would trigger violence. They're muslims.

Tags: alu akbar, blasphemy, god is great, heresy, indonesia, religion of peace

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Was it Indonesia or Malaysia where the courts decided recently that it was a criminal offense for Christians to use the word "Allah" to describe God?
Malaysia. They are also a handy card to keep up your sleeve for stupid racism/immigration arguments. You are prohibited from becoming a Malay citizen if you are a non-muslim.
Well, scratch Indonesia off the list of places I'd like to visit...


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