We are much more enlightened in the West. We don’t jail people for insulting Islam. We simply excoriate them as “racists” and “Islamophobes,” and ostracize them from polite society. We are much more advanced in the West.
“Indonesian man jailed for Facebook post allegedly insulting Islam,” Ary News, April 30, 2018:
JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years Monday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country’s controversial electronic information law.
Alnoldy Bahari, 39, was found guilty of spreading hate speech for a post in which he claimed to have experienced God’s presence and questioned the faith of other Muslims.
“He’s been sentenced to five years’ jail and has to pay a fine of 100 million rupiah ($7,200),” said Bahari’s lawyer Andi Komara.
“We will most likely appeal because many facts weren’t taken into account and were twisted.”
The verdict will fuel fears that Indonesia’s moderate brand of Islam is coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals.
Bahari, from the town of Pandeglang in West Java province, was charged with blasphemy and hate speech in December 2017, after a local leader of the militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) complained to police.
Although the blasphemy charge was subsequently dropped, Bahari found himself facing up to six years’ jail for the loosely defined charge of hate speech, as defined under the electronic information law….