The LGBT community need to wake up and smell the Islamic coffee

Anti-LGBT pamphlets on street poles in Depok, West Java.

Anti-LGBT pamphlets on street poles in Depok, West Java.

The LGBT community unsurprisingly tends to support the political groups that are most tolerant and accepting of their lifestyle. Unfortunately for them these same political groups are equally tolerant and accepting of Islam which is completely intolerant of the LGBT community.

There is a huge difference between the disapproval of some Christian conservatives towards the LGBT community and the intolerance that is encapsulated in Islamic Sharia law. Christian conservatives may disapprove of the LGBT communities lifestyle and may not want to bake a cake for a gay wedding but they do not want to imprison, whip or execute them for being different. In Indonesia the LGBT community are suffering under the intolerant yoke of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Indonesian police have detained 141 men in a raid on what authorities described as a gay prostitution ring run from a club in the north of Jakarta, a police spokesman said.

…Sunday night’s (Monday NZ Time) raid came amid concerns over a backlash against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Rights activists condemned the raid as a violation of privacy.

Last week an Indonesian Islamic court sentenced two men to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, in Banda Aceh.

Last week an Indonesian Islamic court sentenced two men to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, in Banda Aceh DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

“These detentions set a bad precedent for gender and sexual minorities,” Legal Aid Jakarta, a coalition of lawyers and activists, said in a statement.

The group said the men were humiliated by police and many were strip-searched, photographed and marched naked from the venue into police vehicles. Photos were then shared on social media, the group added.

The detentions follow a similar raid earlier this month in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, where officials published the results of HIV tests of several men suspected of gay sex, media said.

Homosexuality is not illegal under Indonesian law, but the LGBT community has come under pressure since government officials expressed reservations last year about activism by its members.

Aceh is the only Indonesian province that criminalises same-sex relations and that uses Islamic law as its legal code in addition to the national criminal code.

Indonesia has strict anti-pornography laws under which offenders can face up to 15 years’ jail. The maximum penalty for downloading pornographic material is four years’ jail or a two billion rupiah (NZ$220,000) fine.

 – Reuters

The next time the LGBT community wants to march in support of Islam they should think again. Sharia law is the enemy of their community and where ever Islam goes Sharia law will eventually follow. You cannot be tolerant of intolerance.

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