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Monday, September 29, 2003

Posted by Jake | Plan to ban oral sex (September 29, 2003) (via Andrew Sullivan)

Read: "Indonesia attempts to ban happiness."

You know what. This article is short, so why don't we take things one at a time.

COHABITATION, oral sex and homosexual sex will soon become crimes in Indonesia if the justice ministry has its way, a ministry spokesman said Monday.

The ministry is drafting an amendment to the country's criminal code to include acts not currently categorised as crimes but considered morally unacceptable.

These include cohabitation, oral sex, extramarital and non-marital sex, sorcery aimed at hurting other people and homosexual sex, spokesman Sukartono Supangat said.

I love the ordering. Homosexual sex right next to sorcery.

"It's still in its early stage. We're still collecting input from various parties and experts," he said.

What experts? At present I am aware of now degree granting institution that educate individuals in both sex and sorcery.

He said in addition to Dutch colonial law, the proposed amended criminal code will also adopt Islamic law, international conventions and tribal laws.

I am not terribly educated in the subject, but I am pretty sure there are no international conventions barring cohabitation. It would surprise me if there are any barring oral sex. The UN has been up to some wacky stuff lately, but I hope that isn't it.

The draft, which is still being debated, proposes that a couple found guilty of cohabitation be punished to up to two years in jail.

Do they have to spend the two years in jail together? Isn't that a bit counterproductive?

A man who impregnates a woman but refuses to marry her could spend a maximum five years in prison.

Sodomy and oral sex would be punishable by between three to 12 years in jail and homosexual sex would be liable to punishment of between one and seven years.

12 years for oral sex....hmmm...might be worth it.

A "witch doctor" or his client found guilty of using black magic to hurt other people could spend up to five years in jail. Supangat said ministry experts are still debating ways to obtain evidence of such acts.

I can't wait for CSI to take this up.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country but Islam is not the state religion and the country in general practises a tolerant version of the faith.

1. How did it become the most populous Muslim country with laws like this?
2. I wonder about the intolerant versions of the Muslim faith.


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