Do you believe in magic? Yes, says Indonesian prez

The Indonesian leader goes public with his fear of black magic.

Indonesian president says he believes in witchcraft | Religion News Service.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his residence.

“There was this thick dark cloud hovering beneath the ceiling, trying to enter my bedroom. I then asked everybody to pray to seek Allah’s help. I closed the door to my room but left others wide open. The revolving clouds eventually headed out of my house.”

“Many people in Indonesia, including its top leaders, turn to soothsayers to consult about their careers, fortunes and marriages,” said Endy Bayuni, senior editor at The Jakarta Post.

However, a president sharing this information publicly is unprecedented, Bayuni added. Yudhoyono’s second — and last — presidential term is ending this year.

Yudhoyono believes in witchcraft, but perhaps only as a menace. His government last year proposed amendments to the 1918 Criminal Code, adding a clause that states using black magic to cause “someone’s illness, death, mental or physical suffering” is an offense with a punishment of up to five years in jail or 300 million rupiah ($25,000) in fines.

Well THAT’S a relief, he can’t use it, it’s illegal. But does it strike anyone as backwards that a world leader would buy into such stuff? Maybe not, look at the other religious beliefs of our world leaders. Maybe this was not such doubtful news after all.

  6 comments for “Do you believe in magic? Yes, says Indonesian prez

  1. January 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    It’s not unheard of elsewhere (of believing in something other than the local mainstream religion) – I recall the stories of Nancy Reagan consulting an astrologer. Here’s one:

  2. Chris Howard
    January 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    The only acceptable time to believe in magic is when it’s in a young girls heart.

    Wow! That sounds way creepier than I had anticipated. 😉

  3. January 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Now I’ll get my head messed up when I hear that!

  4. ZombyWoof
    January 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    That’s what I was thinking too.

  5. Chris Howard
    January 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Yeah, sorry. I shouldn’t post things until after I’ve had coffee.

  6. One Eyed Jack
    January 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    That was my first thought as well. Being high placed politically, socially, or financially does not endow a person with common sense or critical thinking.

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