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“Moderate” Indonesia: Christian man whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and violating Sharia law

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We are constantly admonished that Indonesia is an example of how a Muslim country can be modern, moderate, pluralistic, tolerant, and democratic. But the Indonesian government has implemented sharia in an entire province, Aceh, and it is just as brutal, draconian, and inhumane there as it has been everywhere else it has been implemented. The non-Muslims are violently oppressed and made to conform to sharia norms, as we see here with Jono Simbolon. He is not a Muslim, so why is he bound to obey Islam’s rules regarding alcohol? Because Islamic law claims authority over non-Muslims.

“Christian man whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and violating Sharia law,” by Lloyd Johnson, Express, January 19, 2018:

A MAN was flogged in a brutal public punishment for selling alchohol [sic] in violation of Sharia law in Indonesia as he was whipped 36 times.

Jono Simbolon, an Indonesian Christian was sentenced to 36 lashes with a rattan stick.

The punishment was so brutal that a doctor checked his health after 10 stokes, before allowing the flogging to continue.

Simbolon was arrested in October, in the northern Indonesian province of Aceh, for selling alcohol, in violation of Islamic law. He is only the third non-Muslim to suffer a public whipping.

Despite being a part of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Aceh is Indonesia’s only province that implements Islamic law.

Simbolon was one of 10 people, including eight men and two women, convicted after Friday prayers.

He was sentenced alongside people accused of crimes that included pimping, prostitution and gambling.

Chief prosecutor Erwin Desman said Simbolon may have chosen caning in order to avoid lengthy criminal prosecution.

Aceh, located on Sumatra island, is 98 percent Muslim and enforces Islamic law known locally as Qanun….

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