Minority Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed for Blasphemy

After a controversial statement in his mayoral campaign, Christian Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has been sentenced to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran.

A conservative group reported Ahok to the authorities and others have been protesting for the past six months; however, the ruling comes as a shock as protesters only requested two years on probation.

Still, crowds outside of the courthouse rejoiced as “the judge has upheld justice” and is doing God’s work.

Ahok’s lawyer is seeking an appeal, though it is not clear whether Ahok will be released in the event of one.

It is understood that when living in a theocracy there are restrictions and citizens should abide by religious laws or move to a different country, but I still feel that measures like these are too extreme.

It shouldn’t matter whether or not a person believes in any religion, state recognized or not. The rights to freedom of speech and religion are inalienable for all people, and that should be respected in areas beyond America and the rest of the Western world.

 

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