In the West, Islamic spokesmen always insist that Islam supports the freedom of conscience, and the freedom to change one’s religion. These people must be reading that notorious Misunderstood Qur’an. Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia: “Missionary trio leave Aceh after anger at baptisms,” by Toni O’Loughlin in the Sydney Morning Herald, July 24 (thanks to Stewart):
JAKARTA: A US family accused of converting Muslims by giving them Christian baptisms has been forced to leave the Islamic Indonesian territory of Aceh.
Three Indonesians have also been arrested for assisting and the three alleged converts have been sent to a pesantran, an Islamic school, for re-education.
Robin Kay Jordan, his wife, Kelly Green Jordan, and their daughter, Claire, arrived in Indonesia on July 14, sponsored by the Baptist Church, to work for 10 months in West Aceh where Islamic law is strictly enforced.
But after locals pelted their residence with stones, immigration officials became alarmed and told the Jordans to leave.
”I suggested to them that they go somewhere else if they still wanted to do their job, as long as it’s not in Aceh,” said Iyung Gunawan, the head of immigration for West Aceh.
”This is an area known for its fanatics. West Aceh regency has a reputation as the most fanatical. Even men can’t wear shorts in public and swimming areas on the beach are separate,” he said.
The Jordan family could not be contacted but immigration officials said they had been helped by Yanis Lengaong, an immigration agent who regularly assists the Association of Indonesian Baptist Churches in bringing missionaries to Indonesia. Sharia – Islamic law – has governed Aceh for the past eight years. Adultery and gambling are punishable by public caning. This year women were banned from wearing tight clothing such as jeans.
The spokesman for the West Aceh municipality, Mulya Agus, said locals began questioning the Jordans’ activities after three people in the nearby area of Samatiga converted to Christianity. Sharia authorities conducted an investigation and confirmed the baptisms had taken place, Mr Agus said.
”We even have a tape showing them being baptised … They claimed they were baptised under the influence of hypnosis,” he said….