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On Trial, Tearful Jakarta Governor Denies Committing Blasphemy


On Trial, Tearful Jakarta Governor Denies Committing Blasphemy

A demonstration against Mr. Basuki in Jakarta on Dec. 2 drew more than 200,000 people. (AP Photo)

Indonesia's reputation as a stable, tolerant democracy is threatened as radical Islamists claim blasphemy in the trial of Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok. He is the first Christian in 50 years to govern Jakarta. Indonesia is home to the world's most populous Muslim population, but it also home to sizeable influential Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist minorities. In the 1960s Suharto, former leader, signed a decree "banning provocative political discourse on ethnicity, race and religion in an attempt to maintain public order, and racial and religious harmony."
 
A minor comment by Governor Ahok was taken out of context and construed as blasphemy by his political opponents seeking to discredit him. His Chinese ethnicity has also been used against him with chants such as, "Go back to China." Governor Ahok has received praise for the reforms he has been able to accomplish in Jakarta. He is also supported by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo. Hard line Muslim groups have staged three mass protests against Governor Ahok in Jakarta in recent weeks. President Widodo has said that "political actors have taken advantage of Islamist anger to incite violence." If convicted, Governor Ahok faces five years in prison.

The nation of Indonesia is number 43 on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Indonesia on Day 10 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Please pray for:
  • Justice to prevail in the blasphemy trial of Governor Ahok. Despite satanic attacks may he be found innocent of blasphemy charges (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).
  • Christian Believers in Jakarta praying for the Governor as he faces falsified claims of blasphemy (The Bible, Philippians 4:6).
  • The Governor to cast all of his cares upon the Lord because God loves and cares for him (The Bible, I Peter 5:7).
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