Bye-bye, blasphemy law?

Monday, May 22, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

IndonesiaThere are renewed calls for the blasphemy law in Indonesia to be repealed following the conviction of Jakarta's outgoing governor.

Daniel Harris with International Christian Concern (ICC) tells OneNewsNow the sentencing came after one of Indonesia's most divisive elections ever.

"All this really centers around an ultra-conservative wave of Islam that's kind of sweeping Indonesia right now, and it's these kinds of hardline Muslims that managed to hijack the election and managed to get Ahok in prison, in my opinion," Harris comments.

He explains the two-year prison sentence is largely based on an edited video of a speech Ahok gave.

"He merely acknowledged that his opponents were trying to use the Koran against him in the campaign and trying to use verses from it to tell people that they could not vote for him," the ICC spokesman relays.

Ahok ended up losing the election and is now sitting in jail. He says he will appeal the sentence. Meanwhile, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling on the Indonesian government to repeal the blasphemy law.

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