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Via Jakarta Post:
Following the recent controversy over LGBT groups on university campuses, an ulema group has paved the way for banning all activities that advocate freedom of sexual orientation.
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has confirmed that it is currently preparing a fatwa, or a non-legally binding edict, that will recommend the prosecution of Muslims who join in LGBT-related activities.
MUI chairman Ma’ruf Amin told The Jakarta Post the government-sanctioned body was preparing the fatwa and was soon to announce it.
Ma’ruf said that as the MUI had earlier issued a fatwa declaring LGBT communities “religiously, culturally and morally deviant”, through this fatwa it was looking to ban Muslims from joining any groups promoting LGBT rights in Indonesia, a country with a majority Muslim population.
“We want Muslims to be cautious of LGBT [activities]. This is not about LGBT people, but more to do with their movements. There is a lot that is deviant about it,” Ma’ruf said recently, adding that the fatwa was an effective way of reminding Muslims about the “danger” of LGBT movements, which he noted had increased in recent years in Indonesia.
Ma’ruf said that the fatwa would also seek a ban on LGBT groups in Indonesia.
LGBT activities on campus came into the spotlight recently when conservative media coverage attacked the Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC) at the University of Indonesia (UI), triggering hostile remarks from public officials including Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir and Education and Culture Minister Anies Baswedan.
The hostility was exacerbated by a tough stance against LGBT rights from the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) — known for its moderate stance on minority issues — as well as from the traditionally inclusive National Awakening Party (PKB).