Once again: the increasing influence of Sharia on a society consistently results in increasing harassment by official or unofficial enforcers of the law, a decrease in tolerance, and an increase in persecution.
Another familiar tactic in this brief report is the attempt to criminalize a supposed lack of “respect” for Islam or Muslims. “Three Arrested for Failing to Fast in Aceh,” from the Jakarta Globe, August 8:
Meulaboh, Aceh. Public Order Agency officers in West Aceh, Aceh, arrested three Muslims for failing to fast on Sunday.
Jhon Aswir, a spokesman for the agency, also known as Satpol-PP, said KN, ML and HD were arrested as they had lunch in a restaurant.
“We had to arrest them because they do not respect other Muslims who are fasting,” Jhon said.