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Aceh: the sick western tip of Indonesia LIPPO CIKARANG - The most strict Islamic region in Indonesia, the westernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is to adopt a much stricter form of Islamic law than the one now in place. Married adulterers will be stoned to death in the new law, which will make Indonesia look like a complete fool if the law is eventually allowed to be adopted by the central government.

"Unmarried people who commit adultery will be caned one hundred times and married persons will be stoned to death," said Raihan Iskandar, a lawmaker for the - in fact - extremist Islamic Prosperous Justice Party, PKS. The new law is set to be approved on next Monday. Currently the province has some simple Islamic laws which tells people how to dress up, perform their prayers, do their fasting and give alms to the poor.

With adopting this law, the region promotes itself as the most sick part of Indonesia, willing to kill people who cheat on their spouse just like they do in cultures thousands of miles away from nowadays Indonesia. It has been known for a long time that the PKS has a secret agenda of turning Indonesia into an Islamic state, but this effort has utterly failed because they lost big-time in the last elections.

However a majority of lawmakers might agree on the new law I can't imagine that a majority of the people really wants this, especially with a large part of the population being young and still uninterested in politics, which is very well imaginable. They now have to put up with this kind of completely brainless actions of a few Islamist radicals that think killing by stoning them is the way their God wanted it.

Hopefully president Yudhoyono will see that the autonomy in the region of Aceh is exploited to the fullest extend to create an Islamist stronghold in the region. With a majority of the votes in the presidential elections earlier this year and Islamic parties almost marginalized, he should - at once - scrap this autonomy to save a region and it's residents from being forced to live in a world where oppression is the norm.


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Posted in Religion @ 10 September 2009 02:16 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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