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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Largest Islamic Country in the World Becoming Less Tolerant

Islam almost always tends toward more and more extremism. Moderate Islamic countries are becoming more and more hard line, countries like Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran. The civil war (read proxy war) in Syria is about removing Bashar al Assad because he is not Islamic enough. All through Africa there are rebel groups who want to install more radical governments. 

Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country on the planet and this political circus was orchestrated for one purpose - to remove a Christian Governor of Jakarta and replace him with a Muslim. This is not a good sign for Indonesia or the rest of the world for that matter, but it does add another piece to my theory that Islam tends toward more radical Islam.

Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for
two years for blasphemy
 © POOL/AFP | Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (bottom L), is convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison

Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the Jakarta court that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was "convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison".

He ordered Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, to be detained. Purnama said: "We will file an appeal." Islamic hardliners outside the court cheered as news of verdict emerged and shouted "God is greatest".

Purnama was hauled into court last year to face trial for allegedly insulting Islam while campaigning for re-election in a case critics said was politically motivated.

The trial came after a series of major protests against the capital's leader that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets.

His once unassailable opinion poll lead shrank amid the controversy and he lost the race to lead Jakarta last month to a Muslim challenger, a result that fuelled fears of Indonesia's moderate brand of Islam coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals.