God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Kissing Illegal?

I rail on about the country a lot, Lord knows I do, but for all that I complain, I really do appreciate the freedoms I still have in this here (there are other freedoms I want, and so I rant, so no calling me a hypocrite).

It's stories like this one that help me to keep appreciating this place. According to a news article, an anti-pornographic bill that may be introduced by the Indonesian parliament would make organising erotic dancing punishable by up to 10 years in prison and public kissing on the mouth punishable by five years or a fine. Think about this. I'm not talking about heavy groping, I mean simply kissing your legal and long-wed spouse.

Sure, the fundie prudes in America want to ban you from any sort of free sexual expression, no matter how minor, but even THEY haven't tried to ban the ability to kiss someone in public...yet.

The funny moment in this short article was this line:
"Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, although most people's interpretation of the faith is generally seen as tolerant."
I assume they mean most Indonesian's interpretation is seen by Indonesians as tolerant, not most global interpretation is seen as tolerant. On first read, it made me laugh.

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