- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Five high school students in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, were expelled and threatened with juvenile detention after they “tainted religion” by recording themselves praying and dancing to a Maroon 5 song.

In a long explanation sent to Detik.com, the headmaster of the school, Muallimin, said he decided to report the students to the police after consulting with the Indonesian Ulema Council and Islamic Defenders Front.

“The students were performing Sholat [prayer] movement with dancing while alternately reciting [the] Koran and turning on ‘One More Night’ music,” Muallimin said, referring to the Maroon 5 song. “The activity was recorded with a mobile phone of one of the students and they forced other student to hold the phone for a duration of five to six minutes.”

Adj. Comr. Alhajat, the Tolitoli Police chief of detectives, said that the five students were charged with blasphemy against religion under article 156 of the Criminal Code.

“Temporarily we use this law, but there’s a possibility that we’ll charge them with other articles during the process,” Alhajat said, according to the Jakarta Globe.

The students were not able to return to school and were not able to take the national exam, which accounts for 60 percent of their overall grades and determines if they get to graduate.

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