Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Something to do with Islam

The Times reported the other day that Indonesia's top Christian politician is to be prosecuted for blasphemy.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Governor of Jakarta, is in trouble with the law, apparently, after criticising political opponents who use teachings from the Quran to argue that Christians should be prevented from holding high public office.

The Quranic verse which has caused all the trouble suggests that Muslims should not choose non-Muslims as leaders.

The decision to prosecute Mr Purnama comes after conservative Muslims staged angry street protests in Jakarta.

If convicted, the Governor faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years and his trial will no doubt interfere with forthcoming elections in February 2017 where Mr Purnama is up against two Muslim opponents.