Google is now being pressured to remove a blasphemy app available on the Google Play Store – an app that was created to streamline blasphemy and heresy reports in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The government of Indonesian – the world’s most populous Muslim nation – created and released the app – called "Smart Grip," and locally known as "Smart Pakem – late last year to enable mobile phone users to report individuals suspected of "religious heresy."
Paul Marshall – who is a professor of Religious Freedom at Baylor University and also serves as senior fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute, as well as at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom – points out that the major overall effect of this app is that it empowers the radicals over the moderates.
Marshall does add, however, that the app has no direct threat to Christians.
"But indirectly, what it does is empower more radical Islamist groups, and when they get stronger, the country gets more intolerant – and then you start to get Christians suffering, and you get churches closed, and so on," the religious freedom expert explained.
He went on to tell OneNewsNow that Google needs to take action.
"They have removed tens of thousands of apps,” Marshall pointed out. “They do this when people point out a problem, so I think, so far, it's an oversight, but if they don't correct it, then I would suspect something more sinister at play."
The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) sent a letter to Google with the following reminder to its CEO:
"Google Play's policy forbids apps that promote violence or incite hatred against individuals or groups based on religion … or any other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization,'" RFI’s letter to Google’s CEO reads.