Indonesian Newspaper Charged With Blasphemy

We have another Muslim cartoon controversy on our hands. The Jakarta Post has been charged with blasphemy for publishing a cartoon mocking ISIS because the cartoon “made Islam seem to be a violent religion.” And to prove that wrong, they want to throw the editors in prison.

The Jakarta Muballigh Corps (KMJ) has filed allegations of blasphemy against The Jakarta Post with the National Police in South Jakarta on Tuesday.

The Muslim group reported the Post’s chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat for suspected insult or defamation of religion, as defined in Article 156 of the Criminal Code.

“We, the KMJ, are filing a police report on the Post’s chief editor because the paper published a cartoon on July 3, 2014, that blatantly insults religion,” KMJ member Edy Mulyadi said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Edy explained that the caricature published by the Post included the Arabic sentence “la ilaaha illallah”, (there is not God except Allah) on a flag with a skull, which is typically used to depict pirates. This made Islam seem to be a violent religion, he said.

Furthermore, Edy said that the KMJ had already met with the Post but the meeting did not result in an agreement between the two parties. The Post has admitted to their mistake and apologized but Edy said that those responsible must be brought to justice.

Justice? You don’t have the first clue what that word means, you fascist prick.

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  • John Pieret

    This made Islam seem to be a violent religion, he said.

    Well, the ISIS flag does have the Arabic sentence “la ilaaha illallah” on it. So, is ISIS not violent or is ISIL not Muslim?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    So, is ISIS not violent or is ISIL not Muslim?

    Yes. Or maybe no. Schrödinger’s fanatics, perhaps?

  • eric

    is ISIS not violent or is ISIL not Muslim?

    Either way, the flag is an insult to (and defamation of) pirates.

  • kevinalexander

    Islam is the religion of peace and as soon as everyone who disputes that is killed then we’ll have that peace.

  • Michael Heath

    The king of Jordan was on 60 Minutes last evening; he energetically claimed that the ISIS are ‘no true Scotsmen’.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Reminds me of that photo of the guy holding a sign that read “Behead those who say that Islam is violent.”

  • busterggi

    Reality has to stop trying to outdo the Onion.

  • exi5tentialist

    Authoritarianism can co-opt any belief system as a channel for their oppression of others. So – the authorities in Jakarta have co-opted islam. So what? The Russians did the same thing with communism. The Americans do the same thing with democracy. Ed Brayton does the same thing with atheism. You watch.

  • congenital cynic

    Another irony meter broken.

  • Suido

    Doesn’t sound like the police have actually charged them yet, though. Careful with your headlines, Ed.

  • John Pieret

    Ed Brayton does the same thing with atheism. You watch.

    Oh, right! Ed has advocated that people who disagreed with atheism be put to death, right? Another Cernovich butt boy by any chance?

  • exi5tentialist

    I’m talking about people who take an idea and turn it into something of their choosing. Ed Brayton likes taking the word “muslim” and attaching it to the word “fascist”. And that’s supposed to be some analysis that derives from atheism, whereas it’s just the usual islamophobic picture-painting that is common to all blogs I’ve seen on FTB to date.

  • eric

    exi4tentialist:

    Ed Brayton likes taking the word “muslim” and attaching it to the word “fascist”.

    He’s calling KMJ fascists because they want to punish the paper’s editors for publishing a cartoon. He is defending the paper’s editors, who are also Muslim. So exactly how is he attaching fascism to muslim?

    And none of this has anything to do with your first post, where you accused him of co-opting atheism as a channel for their oppression of others. How is he doing that? The post has nothing whatsoever to do with atheism, it has to do with Ed’s defense of free speech.

  • exi5tentialist

    @eric (13) In Ed Brayton’s article of the same date about the Iranian blogger sentenced to death Brayton also talks about the threat from “muslim fascism”, then he follows that up with this article about a “Muslim cartoon controversy” where he calls someone from a “muslim group” a “fascist prick”. Ed’s language uses a known prejudiced juxtaposition of the word “muslim” and the word “fascist” to imply a cause and effect, cause being muslim, effect being fascism and all that goes with it: censorship, execution etc, etc.

    I mean come on, if people don’t recognise the repeated attempts of this website’s bloggers to frame islam as the driving force behind the way these governments use islam as an excuse for oppression, then it’s not surprising that so many of these conversations become rapidly hostile and repeatedly fail to have a full discussion about anything much.

    The causes of oppression in Jakarta are the same as they are everywhere else: class, economics and the need of countries to assert their position in a competitive world order. Not islam. Yet Ed keeps hammering home the old islamophobic message.

  • exi5tentialist

    @13 Atheism is the raison-d’etre of this website. Brayton, Benson, Myers, Mousavi, Avicenna, the lot, interpret atheism as anti-theism. Anti-islam is probably their favourite version of anti-theism. Occasionally they remember that muslims themselves are the victims of these oppressive regimes, but they haven’t developed an alternative to their anti-theistic analysis to explain what cause the oppression they write about. In that sense, they’ve let atheism down, confining it to islamophobic territory for no justifiable reason.

  • eric

    Ed’s language uses a known prejudiced juxtaposition of the word “muslim” and the word “fascist” to imply a cause and effect, cause being muslim

    LOL except there’s no actual juxtaposition of the words in this article. You’re just making that up. Ed writes “muslim cartoon” in the first sentence, clearly referring to cartoons that depict mohammed – this one being approved by the mulsim editors of the Jakarta Post. He uses ‘facist prick’ in the last sentence, six paragraphs later, to refer to Edy Mulyadi, a KJM official who had nothing to do with the production or approval of the cartoon. Those are the only two times the words occur in his post. The two words are about as un-juxtaposed as they could possibly be.

    if people don’t recognise the repeated attempts of this website’s bloggers to frame islam as the driving force behind the way these governments use islam as an excuse for oppression

    There is only one blogger on this website, Ed. He spends most of his time and article space on right-wing idiocy, freedom of speech and religion issues, and police corruption issues than he does promoting atheism. Just scan the headlines above the fold right now, and that becomes obvious.

    Between this comment and the first sentence in your @15 article, it is pretty clear you are blaming Ed or calling him responsible for what other FtB bloggers post. You do realize that they are all different people, right? Lumping them together would be as idiotic as someone blaming me for your comments (or vice versa), because hey, we posted on the same site, right?

    The causes of oppression in Jakarta are the same as they are everywhere else: class, economics and the need of countries to assert their position in a competitive world order.

    Please describe for my how ‘class’ caused KJM to demand the editors of the Jakarta Post be punished for including a cartoon of Mohammed. If it has nothing to do with Islam, then why only cartoons of Mo? Why don’t they complain about cartoons of nonreligious figures?

  • exi5tentialist

    @16 He could have called it “blasphemy cartoon controversy” or a “mohammed cartoon controversy”, or even just a “cartoon controversy” but no, on the same day he goes around using the phrase “muslim fascists”, Brayton decides to use the term “muslim cartoon controversy”. It’s just more islamophobic shit-stirring from Brayton as he seeks to make islam in general and all muslims in particular the ones to blame for an oppressive act.

    Other people can turn a blind eye the obvious connections between and within Ed Brayton’s articles if they want to, I think it’s pretty obvious.

    There are reasons why the insult or defamation of religion, as defined in Article 156 of the Criminal Code, exists as a law in Indonesia, but I don’t think islam is the driving force behind those reasons. Where anti-free speech laws exist they tend to be motivated by a state authoritarianism which primarily serves class and commercial interests. It’s an exercise in the state identify people who are prepared to cause trouble to the state by breaking the state’s rules. For this purpose it’s helpful to the state that the rules are irrational, arbitrary and absurd.

    freethoughtblogs.com is a website, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches isn’t. Bloggers are appointed by a hierarchical system. It’s not a democracy. Ed Brayton has been instrumental in designing the appointments system. Ed Brayton isn’t responsible for what other FTB bloggers post, but he does have a responsibility for what bloggers get appointed and what ones don’t. All FTB bloggers lie within a narrow range of ideological acceptability, which doesn’t extend far into wider freethought/atheist thinking. There’s some centre-right feminism here obviously, often I agree with the stance FTB takes on feminism, but there’s a lot of islamophobic crap from FTB bloggers too, most of which I don’t agree with.

    FTB is mainly centre-right, but tolerates a lot of far right attitudes, such as Braytons articles on “muslim” things in the two articles I’ve mentioned. The whole subtext of both articles is “let’s blame islam”. It just feeds into blaming some muslims in general. It’s them-us politics. It’s tedious.