Religion in Politics: Two Men Face Caning for Being in a Gay Relationship

According to online reports, two men that have been arrested in Indonesia are suspected of being in a Gay relationship and face potential caning if found guilty, as dictated by Shariah Law.

Photo credit: The Associated Press

Photo credit: The Associated Press

Causing further controversy online, after the reports came out that a woman was public canned in the province of Aceh for being seen out in public with a man that wasn't her husband. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that enforces Shariah Law, though the country has a Muslim majority. 

Metro reports that a code that was implemented two years ago, makes it legal for a Shariah designated authority to hand out sentences of 100 lashes with a cane for any acts that are considered to be moral offences, Gay sex is considered to be one of them.

‘Based on our investigation, testimony of witnesses and evidence, we can prove that they violated Islamic Shariah law and we can take them to court’ - statement from Marzuki, the lead investigator. 

While it is not illegal to be in a same sex relationship, it is reported that the Constitutional Court is considering to make it so, along with sex outside of wedlock. 

The report comes out at time where the LGBTQ community in many countries, has felt an unconstitutional decline in their rights as well as a surge in persecution in countries that largely identify with traditional, monotheistic religions, namely Christianity and Islam. 

For example, the US Trump Administration´s vocal stance against same sex marriage and their desire to repeal the laws introduced by the Obama Administration. The Chechnya authority´s increasing hostility towards homosexuality, where at least 100 Gay men have reported to have gone missing, 3 of which have been said to have been killed.

There have been a number of killings in the Middle East when it has been discovered that family members or members of the community are homosexual and / or in same sex relationships. Gruesome videos depicting men being thrown off of bridges, high buildings and being beheaded have been circulating the internet. 

It seems that all the positive actions that have taken place after years of campaigning, activism, discrimination and oppression may come undone if authorities continue to allow highly religious sects to rule over politics. A 'one fit for all' policy cannot continue if human and equal rights are considered to be a priority. Otherwise, the concept of a democracy is nothing more than a wistful term used as a bargaining tool to subdue a civilian population.


Written by Brenda Adiyiah for Burn the Night

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