[Blog] The Barbarism, Intolerance and Backwardness of Aceh’s Islamic “law” by Jose Mario De Vega

The Barbarism, Intolerance and Backwardness of Aceh’s Islamic “law”

I refer to Antonio Zambardino’s In Pictures: New Islamic law in Indonesia, Aljazeera, December 3rd with regard to the Indonesian province of Aceh’s Islamic law which those fanatics there intends to extend to some 90, 000 non-Muslims.

Mario De Vega

I joined the various Human Rights organization on their contention and concern with regard to this issue.

According to the Aljazeera report:

“Muslims and non-Muslims alike are now subject to strict Islamic law in the conservative province of Aceh.

“It is the only one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces to impose Islamic law in the most populous Muslim-majority nation in the world, with a population of about 250 million people.

“Aceh province implemented Islamic law in 2001, but in September the religious “penal code” was extended to everyone, now applying to some 90,000 non-Muslims who live there.

“Offences not previously regulated such as adultery, homosexual acts, and sex outside marriage are now punishable with sentences handed down by Islamic courts, including public flogging. Buying or carrying alcoholic beverages could result in 10 strokes of the cane, 10 months in prison, or a maximum fine of 100 grams in gold.”

Commentaries:

I condemn on behalf of Humanity, the powers that be on that Indonesian province of Aceh for their barbarism, religious intolerance and backwardness.

It is my firm view that the Islamic law that they imposed in 2001 is a grave violation, not only of international law, but also of their very own constitution.

Now, those religious bastards and fanatics there had become even more fanatical and undeniably intolerant.

Who the hell are they to extend the application of their so-called “law” to the non-Muslims?

The province of Aceh does not belong to one race or one religious group or one bunch or type of people, but it belongs to the whole of the Acehnese people.

Indonesia is a democratic and secular country, albeit the most populous Muslim country in the world.

I hope, the idiots there in Aceh did not forget that Aceh is a mere province of Indonesia, it is not Indonesia itself.

Hence, despite the fact that locally they won the election, still they have no right whatsoever to impose their “law” especially if the same is a direct contravention and gravely violates the fundamental law of the land.

I concur with the expressed concern of Amnesty International over the said “law” and I also agree with them on their call “for an end to caning in Aceh, saying it goes against international laws on torture and human rights, as well as Indonesia’s own constitution.”

It is my fervent view that for a law to be constitutional, said statute must have “a secular legislative purpose,” it must have principal effects which neither advance nor inhibit religion, and it must not foster “an excessive government entanglement with religion.”

The Islamic “law” of Aceh is indisputably a grave violation of the Indonesian constitution.

Consider another report, “Women’s tight pants sprayed with paint, cut in Aceh”, Free Malaysia Today, December 5 wherein it highlighted there the list of the human rights violations being committed by the religious authorities to the people of Aceh.

According to the said report:

“…women in some parts of West Aceh were humiliated further when Shariah police cut their tight jeans and pants and forced them to wear loose-fitting attire in their bid to enforce the law.

“According to the Jakarta Post, the West Aceh regency administration even stockpiled some 7,000 long skirts to be given away to women caught wearing the offensively tight pants.

“The law also prohibits clothes vendors from selling jeans and slacks to women.”

Adding insult to injury, “West Aceh Regent Ramli M S, the man behind the controversial regulation, even instructed government agency personnel to refrain from serving women who came to their offices in “un-Islamic” attire.”

What the hell does he mean by “un-Islamic attire”?

This idiot was even quoted in BBC news, wherein he said that:

“We’re not stopping women from wearing trousers. What’s prohibited are tight trousers and jeans.

“If they have to wear trousers, the trousers must cover their ankles and be worn under loose, long skirts.”

Questions:

Who the hell is this Ramli creature to impose what clothes women must wear?

Who the fuck is these bastards that they go around the streets of Aceh painting and cutting the tight jeans of women?

Who the hell are these freaks and scum-bugs who have the gulls to even extend their so-called “law” to those people who are non-Muslims?

What is the source of their right to do it?

Who the hell are they to prohibit women from straddling motorcycles as it is deemed “improper” in Islam?

I am wondering, during the time of their prophet, do they already have motorcycles then?

What Islam or kind or type or branch of Islam are they referring to?

I do not know whether this moron is aware or not, but what he and his bastard cohorts’ actions is a bastardization and prostitution of the Indonesian constitution.

Their nefarious acts are unconstitutional by virtue of the inescapable fact that instead of advancing the democratic ideals of the highest law, what it did is to attack humanism and sponsor intolerance.

The basis of the said “law” is fanaticism, barbarism and religious supremacy.

The Aceh “law” is a grave attack on the secularism of the constitution and the diversity of the whole people of Indonesia.

Further, said “law” contravenes the separation of the church and state clause of the constitution.

The Lemon Test

In the case of Lemon v. Kurtzman, 91 S. Ct. 2105 (1971), the US Supreme Court “established the three part test for determining if an action of government violates First Amendment’s separation of church and state.”

They are the following:

1.   The government action must have a secular purpose;

2.   Its primary purpose must not be to inhibit or to advance religion;

3.   There must be no excessive entanglement between government and religion.

It is my vehement stand that a true blue democratic and secular government has no right to set up a church or a mosque or a temple or whatever religious place of worship.

Said government cannot “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another.”

Further, said government cannot force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church or mosques or temple or whatever place of worship against his will or force him or her or the whole of the people to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.

Finally, no government can statutorily force a person “to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.”

No government can pass or impose or enact laws or impose requirements “which aid all religions as against non-believers”, and neither can said government pass laws which seeks “to aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs.”

I am calling the attention of the newly elected President of Indonesia, Mr. Jokowi, Sir, this is what you have stated during your Inaugural Address to the nation:

“My administration will ensure that every person in the motherland feels the presence of their government. I am certain that the nation will be stronger if state institutions (lembaga negara) do their work according to the people’s mandate, as written in the Constitution.

“To the fishermen, laborers, farmers, bakso (meatball) vendors, street vendors, drivers, academics, teachers, military, police, entrepreneurs, and professionals, I urge you to work hard, gotong royong, because this is the historic moment for us all to move together, to work, work, and work.

“We want to be present among other independent nations with dignity, with pride. We want to build our own civilization, we want to become a creative nation, a nation that contributes nobility to the world’s civilization.”

Sir, I certainly believe, without the slightest iota of doubt that the people of Aceh, needs your help! Please do something before those utterly religious bastards and fanatical freaks turn your beautiful province of Aceh into a haven for the Taliban, the ISIS and the ISIL and of course, your very own, Jemaah Islamiya!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy and Social Science lecturer
Unibersidad de Manila

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