President Obama Speech in Indonesia
Indonesia is the largest Muslim county in the world. Wednesday, President Obama praised the human rights record of Indonesia, espesically when it comes to free speech and religious freedom. President Obama commended Indonesia saying, “But even as this land of my youth has changed in so many ways, those things that I learned to love about Indonesia – that spirit of tolerance that is written into your constitution, symbolised in your mosques and churches and temples, and embodied in your people – still lives on.” You can watch it on the following clip 10:10-10:34,
Ahmadiyya Muslims Disagree with President Obama Speech and Assessment of Indonesia’s Freedoms
There are many, who claim to be Muslims, that strongly disagree with the President Obama’s statement about tolerance and freedom. According to the Ahmadiyya Times, tolerance, by Indonesian standards looks “rather anemic.” The article not only points out a lack of tolerance for certain Muslims, but also Christians,
The Blasphemy Act provides for both civil and criminal penalties for those who insult approved religions and those who attempt to persuade others to adhere to unofficial religions. This translates into a de facto ban on proselytizing that lends itself to overly broad and arbitrary interpretations by local governments. For example, in September 2005, three Christian women were sentenced to three years imprisonment for conducting a Christian youth program, even though the Muslim children in the program had parental permission to attend, and none of the children had converted to Christianity.