Muslim mob rampages over a 'too lenient' blasphemy sentence for Christian

Muslim mob rampages over a 'too lenient' blasphemy sentence for Christian February 9, 2011

A COURTROOM was trashed and churches and schools burned in Java yesterday after hundreds of Muslims went on the rampage in a protest over a “too light” sentence demanded by prosecutors for a Christian accused of blasphemy.
Violence broke out after prosecutors requested a five-year sentence – the maximum allowed under Indonesian law – for Antonius Richmond Bawengan, 58, who is accused of distributing materials that insulted Islam.
Bawengan was on trial for distributing books and flyers in October last year which described the Black Stone, or al-Hajaru-l-Aswad, on the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Mecca as looking like a woman’s genitals.

It's blasphemy to suggest that Mecca's Black Stone, and the three stone pillars at Mina resemble male and female genitalia
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Haj. Many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that Islamic tradition records that it received from the “Prophet” Mohammed.
The material Bawengan is accused of distributing also described the jamarat – three stone pillars in the city of Mina just east of Mecca which worshippers throw stones at during the Haj – as looking like a man’s genitals.
According to this report, police fired warning shots and used tear gas to restore calm in the district of Temanggung, 400km east of Jakarta, after the violence initially broke out at the Temanggung District Court but quickly spilled onto the streets with the crowd demanding the accused be given the death penalty.
Protesters demanded that Bawengan be handed over, and chanted “kill, kill” outside the court as he was lead away under heavy security.
Antonius Richmond Bawengan pictured at his trial. Photo: ANTARA/Anis Efizudin/ed/pd/11
The angry mob then trashed the courtroom before targeting Christian sites, burning down a number of churches and schools.
There were also sporadic clashes with police before calm was restored.
Bawengan, who has been in custody since October 26, has also been accused of describing Islam as a “cruel religion”.
The violence in Temanggung comes just days after a mob in Pandeglang in Banten Province in western Java attacked a gathering of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect, killing three and injuring others.
Ahmadiyah followers believe in the teachings of their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, as well as the Prophet Mohammed, which mainstream Muslims believe is blasphemy towards Islam.
Hat Tip: Roger F & BarrieJohn

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  • Newspaniard

    “Religion of Peace” strikes again. We currently host 2 million of these wonderful people and so far they have established 85 death cult courts. What next death cult prisons for infidels? After all, most of the other prisons in the UK are filled with death cultists who refuse to accept law under the Crown.

  • I assume he’s not the first person to notice the similarities to body parts but the only one bold enough to make note of it on paper and pass them around? Once seen it cannot be unseen, as it were…
    Imagine if angry mobs gathered every time someone thought they saw the Virgin Mary in a tree or a taco. Mobs that want to cry and pray to the things are bad enough as it is.

  • Carasek

    Technically, isn’t this true to the faith?
    There are over 500 verses of the Koran dedicated to the hatred Allah has for non-Muslims, many setting out the fate that awaits such people (a particular fave: 4:56 “Those who disbelieve our revelations, we shall expose them to the fire. As often as their skins are consumed we shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment.”).
    There can’t be any moderate Muslims if they believe in and follow the Koran. Disbelievers (which includes Jews and Christians) are destined for slaughter now and an eternity of torture after that. Effective to keep the people in check, no?

  • Not sure if you folks have seen this before but it’s an interesting observation on Sharia and its infiltration into Western society.

  • elainek123

    beware World.. Why are the United Nations allowing these things to happen. Why have the UN in the first place. How much does it cost to run. They are all blooming mad and why is this allowed to continue..
    A stand must be taken against these mad,mad religious bigots.

  • David Anderson

    Warsi, we´re waiting for a response.

  • rog

    “Warsi, we´re waiting for a response.”
    You’d be lucky to get anything approaching sense out of her on a good day, you can pretty much forget a reasonable comment or observation from her on this issue.

  • L.Long

    Not only is the ‘religion of peace’ shown again what it truly is,
    (& the so called moderates are still BS throwers).
    But they show also that they pray to pfucking ROCKs! which looks like a kock & the other a ‘dirty disgusting female part’.
    Really smart people!
    The males claim that they have no self control and go rabid-crazy when they see female parts and want to rape, so they put their women into tents. So when they pray to a rock that looks like a ‘dirty disgusting female part’ why don’t they go into a rabid rage…..
    Oh wait some of these guys pushed a long thin cylinder shape into a vertical shape yell ‘g0d! oh g0d!’ while doing it. Maybe it is this sex obsession that can explain a lot of things.

  • If u want to promote ur religion around the world and u want this to b known as the only religion true to god… Take criticism the holy places do resemble genitals of male and female alike….so suck on that!

  • barriejohn

    Warsi, we´re waiting for a response.
    “No true Muslim…”

  • David Anderson

    De acuerdo, hombre, de acuerdo.

  • barriejohn

    @David Anderson – I knew you’d like that one!
    Actually, I agree with the protestors. Five years is far too short a sentence; this guy will never learn from his mistakes unless he suffers the death penalty.

  • David Anderson

    First off, you owe me a new keyboerd and screen. Please supply your billing address in your next post.
    Seriously though, this man likened Islamic monuments to genitalia. So what? Any reasonable person would say that he is possibly a little bit childish to see that resemblance. More disconcerting is the failure of western governments to critisize these atrocities. It seems to me that we will now accept murder and intimidation or barbaric practises just so that we will not suffer bombs in our airports or railway stations. Warsi can not or will not say anything because, after all. she´s just a woman.

  • barriejohn

    @David Anderson: I suggest you contact Barry Duke. It’s all his fault!

  • Russell W

    Indonesia is often presented as an example of a ‘tolerant’ Islamic nation.

  • Muslims really don’t ‘do’ irony do they? Bawengan describes Islam as a “cruel religion” so Muslims fanatics yell “kill, kill!” Talk about thin-skinned. I’ve attempted to nail down some key elements of Muslim psychology and get some straight answers to some straight questions, but all I get for posting the following quiz is abuse and evasion. Any ideas why?

  • NeoWolfe

    I’ve worked construction for thrirty years, and in any remodel, the first step is demolition. I’m pretty good at it. So, if these wackos want to go destroy some churches, my tool belt is in the back of my truck!!!!
    But, what does it say about the sanity of the mob, that when their religious sensibilities are offended, they go destroy schools? Do they desire to make a point by sabataging their children’s future?
    But, don’t blame muslims for their failure to recognize the resemblance of the blackstone to a clitoris. Muslim women don’t have one, its been hacked off with a piece of broken glass. I suppose every formation of nerveless scar tissue thereafter is unique, and therefore unfamiliar.
    But, I think it’s a stretch to call the towers phallic symbols. They have a bend to them, like my penis, but what are we going to do, call the Washington monument a giant dildo, or the Eiffel Tower the ultimate strap-on? Throughout history, there have been phallic symbols, like the Egyptian ankh, that not only featured the dick, the vagina, but her butt cheeks, as well. But, every pole does not a penis make. I need some documentation.

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  • remigius

    That doesn’t look like any fanny I’ve ever seen. Must be looking at the wrong websi women.
    And anyway how would a muslim man know what a woman’s fanny looked like, they’re not even supposed to know what a woman’s face looks like.

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