INDONESIA: Member Of Parliament Tweets Then Deletes Call For Homosexuals To Be Put To Death

Things just continue to get worse in Indonesia. J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed:

On Friday, Indonesia’s former Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembering, tweeted, “A saying of the Prophet [Mohamed]: Whomever you find committing the acts of the community of Lot (homosexual) should be put to death.” Sembering is now a member of Parliament from the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party. His tweet is the latest example of a rise in anti-LGBT rhetoric by high-profile politicians in an uproar that began in January. On Monday, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said the LGBT community is more dangerous than nuclear weapons, because “it skews the mindset of our nation away from our base ideology.”

Sembering later deleted the tweet, spurring a newspaper to claim that he’d been “bullied” into silence.

RELATED: Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia except for Muslims in the heavily populated provinces of Aceh and South Sumatra, where Sharia Law is in effect. Indonesia is the world’s most-populous Muslim-majority nation, with 87% of its 255 million residents being Sunni Muslims.