Blasphemy laws are an unholy offense against free speech. And they’re spreading

Blasphemy laws are an unholy offense against free speech. And they're spreading

Indonesia and Ireland are very different societies, but in both countries talking about religion can get you in trouble with the law. On Tuesday, the Christian governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, a penalty that shocked many inhabitants of the majority-Muslim country known for its tolerance and pluralism. The blasphemy charge against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was based on a video in which he was recorded telling voters they were being misled if they believed that a verse in the Koran forbade them from voting for a non-Muslim.

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