Indonesia on the brink of banning all sex outside marriage

Indonesia on the brink of banning all sex outside marriage, by Amanda Hodge.

Indonesia is on the brink of turning back the clock on civil liberties, rights activists say, with parliamentarians to consider amendments to the criminal code this week that would ban all sex outside of marriage, including gay sex, and impose prison sentences of up to five years. …

Among other revisions to be considered are restrictions on sex education, and jail sentences for “insulting” the president or state institutions. …

The amendments originally sought to ban all sex outside of marriage, as well as gay sex involving force, public acts or pornography — clauses activists say would be open to interpretation and abuse.

Islamic parties are now pushing for a blanket ban on gay sex. …

Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid … “What we are seeing is a rise in ‘demonisation politics’ where min­orities are scapegoated. LGBT people are increasingly becoming second-class citizens in Indonesia and the closer we get to elections, I am afraid, the more politicians will seek to exploit hate sentiments against them.”

As usual, the unprincipled left in the West says nothing negative about Islam.