Ms. Bev's views on Islam and sharia in Indonesia are naïve at best. The one Indonesian state, Aceh, which has officially adopted sharia, now features the expected features of Islamic law: the oppression of women and their removal from public life, public beatings and floggings as routine punishments for petty violations of dress codes and the like, Government-sanctioned pressure on Christians and other religious minorities. Ms. Bev would have to provide evidence and not simply assertions to convince me that sharia in any other part of Indonesia would be any different. Her citing of Indonesia's being a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is laughable. Many people said of Iran before 1979 what Ms. Bev now says of Indonesia, that it is 'unthinkable for it to turn into an authoritarian theocracy.' Think again!
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