MUI Rejects All Forms of LGBT Promotion

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  • Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council Maruf Amin (center). TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council Maruf Amin (center). TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) rejects all forms of propaganda, promotion and support towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia.

    “LGBT activities and campaign are forbidden in Islam and other Abrahamic religions,” said MUI chairman Maruf Amin in a press conference on Wednesday.

    Maruf said LGBT activities contradict with the first and second principle of Pancasila, Article 29 paragraph 1 and Article 28 J of the 1954 Constitution as well as Law No. 1/1974 about marriage. LGBT activities also contradict with MUI Fatwa No. 57/2014 about lesbian, gay, sodomy and molestation.

    “In this fatwa, it is stated that homosexual, either lesbian or gay, and sodomy are forbidden and a form of criminal offense,” said Maruf.

    Maruf added that LGBT activities are a dangerous disease and can become sources of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS.

    Previously, Social Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said LGBT community targeted underprivileged children. “Last month, I came to Lombok and there were underprivileged junior high school students who were given gifts. Two weeks after that, they became different. They started wearing lipsticks,” said Khofifah on Wednesday.

    Khofifah also found out that those children could become victims of trafficking. Therefore, this problem must be viewed as a whole. “They are being trafficked by using the poverty of their families. I worry that there is some kind of social modification at work here,” she said, adding that the government must return the function of LGBT community to their original function.