ISLAM. Secular state. Apostasy. Allah. I have often try to compare our values as Malaysians and other countries. It is not easy to get a comparison. Which is why, when I saw this article, I said, I must blog it. Thus, here it is.
NUTGRAPH SPEAKS TO ISLAMIC SCHOLAR
You have said before that Indonesia is neither fully a secular state, nor is it fully a theocratic state. What do you mean by this?
Meaning we are neither like Iran, nor like maybe the US. Because we have a Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Islamic values are always considered during the adoption of legislation, laws and practices. So Islamic values are always there to be considered, and I think it is only logical because 90% of the population is Muslim. You cannot separate Islamic values from the political practices and daily practices of the people. And therefore, we are not secular in the stricter sense of the term.
Neither are we a theocratic state because we do not intend to discriminate against religions other than Islam.
But how would you draw the balance? Do you think it's right for a state, if it draws its values from Islam for example, to legislate on those values? For instance, can you fine someone if they don't pray five times a day? Can you jail them if they don't go to mosque on Fridays, or [jail] a woman for not covering her hair?
No. Except for, say, local governments which instate these kinds of practices according to democratic procedures. I mean, [if] these practices were endorsed by the local parliament, by democratic procedures, anything can happen. But the central government [in Indonesia] will never do that. MORE