Google approved a new app for Muslims that enables them to report anyone who dares to "commit blasphemy" or "insult Mohammed or Islam." The app is called "Smart Pakem." It allows Muslims in Indonesia to report their fellow countrymen.
Would Google approve the same type of mobile app if it was created by and for Christians to use? Not likely.
Here is a screenshot of the app:
The new app, “Smart Pakem,” which was first launched in Indonesia last month at the request of the Indonesian government, will allow users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold “misguided” beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, with an estimated Muslim population of 207 million.
Indonesia’s criminal code prohibits blasphemy, which is defined as “the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things.”
The Code’s Article 156(a) targets those who deliberately, in public, “express feelings of hostility, hatred, or contempt against religion.” The penalty for violating Article 156(a) of Indonesia’s criminal code is a maximum of five years imprisonment.
While this app has not made it to the United States, that day might not be too far away.