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Two Christians are flogged in Indonesia for playing a children’s game that violates Islamic law

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This is Islam: a draconian punishment and public humiliation for what is a trivial offense, or no offense at all. Sharia apologists in the U.S. — those who try to shame people into fearing to support anti-sharia laws for fear of being branded “islamophobic” — constantly tell us that sharia applies only to Muslims, not to non-Muslims. This story shows that in areas where sharia holds sway, reality is different. These two Christians didn’t do anything that violated the laws of their own religion. They only violated Islamic law.

“Two Christians are flogged in Indonesia for playing a children’s game that violates Islamic law,” by Sara Malm, MailOnline, February 27, 2018 (thanks to RN):

Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in Banda Aceh province on Tuesday for playing a children’s entertainment game.

The game is seen by authorities in the conservative Muslim province as ‘gambling’ and therefore it violates Islamic Sharia law.

Some 300 people jeered and held up their mobile phones to record when Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, were flogged six and seven times respectively.

The pair had been arrested along with a third man for playing a game at a children’s entertainment complex that lets users exchange coins for prizes or vouchers, including cash.

They were among five people – including a couple whipped two dozen times each for showing affection in public – receiving between six and 24 lashes with a rattan stick.

Banda Aceh is the only province Indonesia that imposes sharia law and people can be flogged for a range of offences; from gambling, to drinking alcohol to having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.

Hundreds of spectators, including some two dozen tourists from neighbouring Malaysia, jeered as they group were whipped on a makeshift stage outside a mosque.

‘You are old, show remorse,’ the crowd screamed.

Non-Muslim Tjia Nyuk Hwa tried to hide her face in a specially provided white cloak with head-covering hijab.

‘This is to create a deterrent effect, in order for people not to repeat violations of Islamic sharia law,’ Banda Aceh’s mayor Aminullah Usman said.

‘We purposely do it in front of the public… so it won’t happen again.’…

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