Indonesian religious fanatics are carrying out exorcisms in a twisted bid to erase homosexuality.
Islamic clerics are referring to LGBTQ people’s orientation as “their sickness” in the Muslim majority nation.
In recent days, there has been a flurry of canings and rhetoric targeting the gay community.
Religious cops have also busted 18 couples — 10 lesbians and eight who identify as transgender — for “psychological support and rehabilitation”, according to ABC News.
They blame homosexuality and transgenderism on demonic spirits they call dijinn and only an exorcism can “cure them.”
ABC News footage shows a number of distressed men lying on a floor being ordered to “repent” and “God can forgive them.”
And apparently, many Indonesians agree: Thousands marched in the streets of Jakarta in a rabidly anti-LGBTQ rally.
The nation’s largest Muslim group with 80 million members wants a crackdown on same-sex relations.
A recent poll revealed that nearly 90% of Indonesians feel “threatened” by the LGBTQ community.
“This situation is alarming as the hateful abuses by law enforcement bodies… are seen as a normal practice by many people,” said Usman Hamid, Amnesty International Indonesia’s executive director.
Meanwhile, an Irish university lecturer was stabbed to death by one of his former students in Paris for allegedly “insulting the Prophet Mohammed”.
Pakistani national, Ali R., 37, is accused of murdering academic John Dowling, 66. Cops say he was stabbed 13 times outside the university where he worked.
Flunking his finals last year apparently did not leave the suspect in a forgiving mood.
Ali reportedly told detectives that Dowling had made fun of Islam during English classes at the university.
“He produced a drawing, which he showed off in class, insulting the Prophet Mohammed,” Ali said, according to police.
Ali was called “obsessive” and “pious” by police but the incident is not being treated as an act of terrorism.