Dec 14, 2016

Islamic blasphemy trial threatens Indonesian democracy

A finding of Ahok being guilty of blasphemy would quell the public protest, end his political career and be a travesty of justice.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The trial for blasphemy of Jakarta’s Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as “Ahok”), has thrown into sharp relief key issues in Indonesian politics: Islamism, racism and the status of the presidency. But most of all, it has posed questions about the nature and viability of Indonesia’s much vaunted but less examined “democracy”.


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2 thoughts on “Islamic blasphemy trial threatens Indonesian democracy

  1. AR

    And so falls that tottering example of that too long proclaimed absurdity, the rara avis democratic muslim country to our north.

  2. Dion Giles

    A country that puts someone on trial for blasphemy is a garbage country. But we knew that from when they collaborated with the Jap invaders, from when they staged a phoney “act of free choice” in Papua, from when they blocked their rivers with the bodies of murdered ethnic Chinese, from when they invaded East Timor, from when they murdered six of their betters – peaceful Australian journos doing their jobs – from when they carried on a two decade reign of murderous terror in the land they had invaded, from when they threatened neighbouring Malaysia. There is nothing positive either in this ridiculous country or in the bigoted supremacist religion it is protecting with its blasphemy trial. And very little if anything that is positive in those Australians who over the years have appeased it.

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