July 27, 2005

Luring Children

Happy Week leads to jail for women

Three women in Indonesia face jail sentences of up to five years if found guilty on charges of trying to convert children to Christianity. The case against Rebekka Zakaria, Ratna Mala Bangun and Ety Pangesti, stems from the trio’s involvement in a children’s holiday initiative -- Happy Week -- in West Java. The camp was organised for local Christian children, but allowed Muslim children to attend with parental consent and supervision.

The charges against the women was brought by the local chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics who alleged that the women enticed Muslim children to participate and also that they tried to convert the youngsters to Christianity. The women were arrested despite the fact that all children had full parental consent. None of the children changed religion and reportedly no complaints have been lodged by the children’s families.

Posted by Ithildin at July 27, 2005 1:09 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

What are the imans so scared of? The free marketplace of ideas?

Posted by: Eclectra at July 27, 2005 8:50 PM

And there are people out there who continue to defend Islam as a "religion of peace." If the dissonance ever troubles them, I wonder how they push it aside?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at July 28, 2005 1:39 AM

This is scary. If anyone needs more proof that this is not a religion of peace, nor will it give to others the "tolerance" it demands for itself, then we have already lost, and feminist better prepare to wear a Burka.

Posted by: Roberta at July 28, 2005 8:11 PM

Can you imagine what would happen if police in the United States tried to jail Muslims for trying to convert American children to Islam?

Then again, I can see the ACLU demanding that people be jailed for trying to convert American kids to Christianity...

Posted by: docjim505 at July 29, 2005 10:24 AM