Think of the moronnials and their left-wing overlords marching against Trump — every day, but nary a word about Islamic homophobia, Jew hatred, gender apartheid, creed apartheid or Islamic blasphemy death laws.
“Moderate” Indonesia is constantly held up as some kind of example of a moderate Muslim country. You can’t make this stuff up.
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Gay couple are flogged more than 80 times for having sex before a woman is caned for selling alcohol in Indonesia’s Sharia law province as crowd shouts ‘hit them harder’
- Gay couple found guilty of same-sex intercourse in Sharia court in Indonesia
- The pair were whipped more than 80 times in front of a 1,000-strong crowd
- A young woman accused of selling alcohol also whipped in Aceh province
- Aceh is the only region in Indonesia that imposes Shariah Islamic law
A gay couple have been publicly flogged in Indonesia‘s Aceh province, after a local Islamic court found them ‘guilty’ of having had sexual intercourse.
The pair were whipped more than 80 times each in front of a 1,000-strong jeering crowd, after having been apprehended by a homophobic vigilante mob earlier this year.
They were among 15 people whipped outside a mosque in the fundamentalist Muslim province’s capital Banda Aceh on Friday, which also saw a young woman caned for selling alcohol.
Shocking: A man accused of having gay sex is whipped by a Sharia executioner during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province, Indonesia
Both the young woman and the gay couple were led up to a platform dressed in white, while a masked ‘executioner’ rained down lashes from a rattan cane on their backs.
The crowd, which included tourists from neighbouring Malaysia, snapped pictures and shouted ‘flog them harder’ as they were beaten.
The unidentified men were the second gay couple whipped in public this year in Aceh, underscoring the increasing discrimination faced by Indonesia’s small LGBT community.
The men had been apprehended by a vigilante mob at a Banda Aceh beauty salon earlier this year and handed over to police, authorities said.
The men were reportedly found guilty of homosexual intercourse after a court established that they were in a relationship.
Homophobia: The two men who were whipped in public more than 80 times had been apprehended by a vigilante mob and handed over to authorities
Disgusting: The crowd cheered for the accused to be ‘flogged harder’ and many filmed their punishment on mobile phones
Gay sex is not illegal elsewhere in Indonesia, but there has been a backlash against the community in recent years.
Aceh is the only region in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, that imposes Islamic law.
Public flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.
‘Hopefully the flogging we’re witnessing today will serve as a lesson for people not to violate sharia (Islamic law),’ said Banda Aceh official Tarmizi Yahya.
Few in the crowd appeared to have much sympathy.
‘I don’t think they’re being serious about the flogging – it looks like they are just playing around,’ said Bukhari, a fisherman who came to watch with his wife.
The unidentified men were the second gay couple whipped in public this year in Aceh
‘The sharia officer should have flogged them as hard as he could.’
Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, said this year it would stop public whippings, and in future carry out such punishments behind prison walls, however, the new policy has not yet been implemented.
Rights groups slam public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end, but the practice has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population.
Erwin Desman, head of the Banda Aceh prosecutors’ office, said it had not received any paperwork ordering public canings to stop and called for the issue to be reexamined.
‘There are pros and cons for this in society. So we suggest we sit with the governor again (to discuss this),’ he told reporters, adding that caning would continue to be held in public for now.
Aceh started using religious law after it was granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.Advertisement
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