Do gays getting caned in Indonesia suffer from Islamophobia?


A province in Indonesia that follows sharia law has passed a law saying that homosexuals can be spanked with a cane 100 times.  One hundred times!  Even certain groups that enjoy bondage whipping, not to mention pony play in San Francisco might be turned off by that.

Gay sex between Muslim men or women, both locals and foreigners, can now be punished with 100 strokes of the cane.

The law, passed in 2014 but only now being enforced, has faced opposition by rights groups.

The strictly Muslim province has become increasingly conservative in recent years and is the only one in Indonesia allowed to implement Sharia law.

It’s all part of sharia law.

Indonesia’s secular central government granted Aceh the right to implement Islamic Shariah law in 2006 as part of a peace deal to end a separatist war. A religious police and court system have been established and the new law is a significant strengthening of Shariah in the region.

People convicted of gambling and consuming alcohol already face caning, as do women who wear tight clothes and people who skip Friday Muslim prayers.

So I am wondering: since we are told that anyone who has concerns about Islam is an Islamophobe, do you think those homosexuals who are getting caned in Indonesia are also Islamophobes?  If they realized that their bias against Islam was causing their discomfort, do you think they could view their caning as a more pleasurable experience, like these people?

And what about the Muslims who are doing the caning?  Aren’t they also suffering from homophobia?  Do you think gays and Muslims could band together to form a support group to fight all forms of homophobia and Islamophobia – and, where there is overlap, Islamic homophobia? Perhaps this support group could be led by gay, lesbian, and gender-fluid imams.  Perhaps Muslims could be convinced to teach children in madrassas that two-daddy households are A-OK, and sometimes a daddy has a big beard, and sometimes daddy dresses in a burka, and that’s OK, too.  And perhaps gays can learn that a little spanking and whipping is part of what it means to be a gay Muslim, and they should view it less like a punishment and more like a lifestyle choice in San Francisco’s Castro district.

How do you think these two groups coming together would play out?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.