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Jakarta Post

Religious groups at odds over blasphemy law

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 4 2010   /  10:09 am

Religious minorities have expressed their support for a group of NGOs that have requested the 1965 Blasphemy Law be reviewed, saying the controversial law is outdated and irrelevant to a democratic Indonesia.The Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI) and the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI), respectively representing the Catholic and Protestant churches, said the law did not sit well with current Indonesian society, a decade after the fall of Soeharto.   “Our society has matured since the law was first established in 1965. Civil society at that time was weak and that is why such laws were put in place and the guided democracy system was used,” PGI secretary-general Gomar Gultom told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.“But in the Reform era, Indonesians no longer wanted to be ordered around by the state,” he added. KWI executive secretary pastor Benny Susetyo said current so...