Indonesia Christians flogged under Sharia law

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Two men were flogged by a officer Monday for the criminalized offenses of drinking alcohol and gambling in ’s province of Aceh, the Christian Post reports. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia with the “legal right to apply Islamic law in full.”

The two Christian men, whose names have not been revealed in reports, were each given 40 lashes by the law officer who beat them on their backs with a cane. Five men were also flogged on Monday, for the crimes of adultery and drinking alcohol, the Christian Post reports.

While Sharia law is applied to Muslims, non-Muslims can choose to be punished under sharia or the Islamic criminal code. In a statement to the , one of the Christians flogged said he chose Sharia because the alternative could have meant up to six months in prison.

“The Sharia gave us options, and we consciously decided to comply with the Islamic criminal code. No one forced me to choose it,” the Christian man said.

Indonesia ranks 47 on the Open Doors USA’s 2021 World Watch List of the worst countries for , the Christian Post reports.

Moreover, the US Commission on International has advised the US government that Indonesia should be placed on its “special watch list” of countries that engage in or tolerate severe religious freedom violations.

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