The reasons for the rise in the number of blasphemy cases in Indonesia since the reform era are more than just religious ones.
A recently passed regulation in lieu of law allows the government to ban organisations deemed against Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila. It marks a troubling turn towards ultra-nationalism.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
Ethnic Chinese and Christians in Indonesia have endured systematic and long-standing discrimination throughout the country's history.
Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country's controversial blasphemy law.
The election was a referendum on the future of Indonesia’s ethno-religious diversity and pluralism.
Would religious and ethnic narratives be effective at swaying voters?