| When A Simple Complaint About Noise Leads to A Jail Term
| Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Jihad Watch : An instructive event in “Islamically moderate” Indonesia remains
timely as an illustration of Islamic “tolerance”:
|Meiliana, a Buddhist |
Meiliana, a Buddhist
woman tired of enduring a loudspeaker near her home blasting out the
Muslim Call to Prayer, had the temerity, back in 2016, to complain about
the noise; she asked a Muslim neighbor if the volume might be turned
For this mild request she was arrested, held for two
years, finally put on trial, and then, having been convicted in August
2018 of “blasphemy,” she was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
She lost her appeal in April 2019, but was released on parole the following month. But did her complaint constitute “blasphemy” at all? She made no
remark about the contents of the call to prayer, but only complained
about its excruciating noise level. “Blasphemy” ordinarily means “the
act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things;
Did she speak about God or sacred things? She did not.
She was not complaining about the message, but only about the painfully
loud broadcasting, right near her house, of the muezzin’s azan, five
times a day. Had the noise been as loud and as frequent, from church
bells, she would have complained just as forcefully.
And why, one might
well wonder, did the loudspeaker have to be used at all, given that
nowadays, Muslims can receive on their phones, and most reliably, the
Call to Prayer five times a day? Some — including at least one Muslim working with Amnesty International — were outraged at the time of her conviction and sentencing:
Read it all here..................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:12 AM