Why You Should Worry About the World's 4th Most Populous Nation
Freedom of speech has never been as highly valued in the Muslim world as it has in the West. This is especially the case where matters of religion are concerned. The individual Muslim, and indeed non-Muslims living under Islam, must tread very carefully when referring to Muhammad and the Quran.
Crossing the line on such topics can easily lead to charges of blasphemy. This is particularly a problem in Pakistan, where trumped-up blasphemy charges have become commonplace, often being used to settle personal scores. Many Christians are currently languishing in Pakistani prisons, awaiting trial on charges of blasphemy.
Thus, when the present governor of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta,...
is Vice Principal Academic at Melbourne School of Theology, Professorial Research Associate in History at SOAS, University of London, and a Senior Fellow of Kairos Journal.This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #40, Spring 2017 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo40/a-tip-for-indonesia