No Porn in Indonesia

Indonesia’s parliament passed a bill banning pornography despite furious opposition to it.

Islamic parties said the law was needed to guard women and children against exploitation and to control the rising immorality in Indonesian society.

The law would ban images, gestures or talk deemed to be pornographic.

That’s pathetic. The bill will simply destroy the pluralism of Indonesian people. Artists, women’s groups and non-Muslim minorities would suffer under this law.

Ninety percent of Indonesia’s 235 million citizens are Muslim but many of its islands have large Christian and Hindu inhabitants and some women in tribal areas, like Papua, still go topless.

In my opinion this law seeks to further the agenda of one religion, Islam. Those who passed the bill don’t want a multi-cultural country; they want Islam 24/7.

This bill may also hurt tourism on the island of Bali. Traditional dress and the ‘tiny’ clothing and swimwear worn by tourists, could be viewed as pornographic under the legislation.

Islamic groups have taken a strong stance against pornography and prostitution in the country since the fall of former President Suharto in 1998.

I thought Indonesia is a great place to visit. Manila is way cooler.