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Religious Persecution In Indonesia

In a bad sign for the future of religious pluralism in Indonesia, a member of the Ahmadi faith has been railroaded by an Indonesian court.  From the Financial Times:

SERANG – A member of Indonesia’s minority Islamic Ahmadi sect was jailed for six months on Monday for inciting a mob attack on a house he was defending by refusing to leave – the same sentence handed down to some members of the mob who killed three people.

The frenzied beatings in February of the Ahmadi sect members, considered heretical by mainstream Islam, were part of a series of attacks this year that suggest rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Read it and weep.  Persecution of the Ahmadis is one of the worst aspects of the religious intolerance wrecking Pakistan; that historically tolerant Indonesia is giving in to this temptation is not a good sign.

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