Indonesian army chief charged with blasphemy and hate speech
02/01/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Indonesia’s army chief of staff may become another victim accused of breaking blasphemy laws, after a video of him making comments about his Muslim faith surfaced. was reported by a coalition of Muslim clerics.
According to UCA News, General Dudung Abdurachman made a comment last year saying “If I prayed, I just prayed…and I only used the Indonesian language because our God is not an Arabic” which was later uploaded by an Indonesian actor on November 30, 2021.
Damai Hari Lubis, coordinator of the Coalition of Indonesian Muslim Clerics, said in his January 30 statement that the coalition denounced Abdurachman on January 28 and that the report was received by Agus Prasetyo from the army’s military police command. .
The coalition hopes the army general can be charged to deter further instances of blasphemy and hate speech.
In response, Abdurachman said the controversial comments he made about God were meant to defend diversity and defend religious minorities such as Christians against intolerance.
“Indonesia was built on diversity and difference [of opinion]. We have to respect it because it becomes our strength,” he said on January 29 at a book launch in Jakarta. He added that it would be dangerous for an intolerant group to be allowed in Indonesia.
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