The Uninspired Manifesto
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Killing In The Name Of...
17 Christians Convicted in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A dozen Christian men were convicted Thursday and sentenced to up to 14 years in jail for beating to death and beheading two Muslims to avenge the government executions of three Christians in Indonesia last year.
Five other Christians received eight-year terms for burying the pair, who were set upon by a mob as they drove though a Christian neighborhood on Sulawesi island a day after the Sept. 22, 2006, executions of Fabianus Tibo and two other Christian militants.
"It has been proven that they carried out acts of terror together and tried to hide the crime by hiding the bodies," said head judge Ahmad Subari.
Two of the 12 found guilty of murder were sentenced to 14 years in jail each, while the other 10 got 12 years.
It was not clear whether any of defendants intended to appeal.
The executions of the three Christian militiamen took place despite an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI to spare the men and claims by human rights groups that their trials were unfair. The revenge killings were the bloodiest incident in several days of protests at the executions.
Okay... let me get this straight... they led a group and killed two Muslim men that had absolutely nothing to do with the killing of the other Christians, just to protest the government? Have you never heard of signs or marching... or at the very least a fucking petition. You don't kill two innocent people because of something your government did that pissed you off.
And they wonder why atheists always talk shit about religions...