Great article in the Los Angeles Times of March 20th entitled "Separation of Mosque and State Wanes in Indonesia" dealing with the persecution, under blasphemy laws, of Yusman Roy, who sits in prison for the crime of having led prayers at his local mosque in the language of his country and people - Indonesian.
The writer, Richard C. Paddock, visited Yusman Roy in prison and interviewed him.
The government and the [Indonesian Ulema] council have been working together to suppress my ideas. But this will not stop me from doing what I believe.
Despite Condoleezza Rice's optimism the news is getting out that so-called secular Indonesia persecutes people based on their religious beliefs.
The article deals with a number of recent cases of blasphemy, apart from Yusman Roy's, including the Lia Eden case, and a couple of others, although not the recent Batam example, that I admit I have never even heard of but which are real humdingers, like:
Sumardi Tappaya, 60, a high school religious teacher on the island of Sulawesi, was locked up in January after a relative told police he had heard Sumardi whistling while he prayed. The whistling was declared deviant by the local ulemas, and Sumardi is now in jail awaiting trial on charges of religious blasphemy. He faces five years in prison.
Extremely good article, read it all.