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Indonesia: Mosques enrolled in government crackdown on LGBT

Wednesday 24 October 2018, by siawi3

Source: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20181017122807-20-339173/mui-dukung-pemkab-cianjur-serukan-tolak-lgbt-di-khotbah-jumat

Ulama Council supports Cianjur government call for sermons on ’dangers of LGBT’

Wednesday 17 October 2018,

by CNN Indonesia

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — The Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) has responded positively to the call by the Cianjur regency government for mosques to give sermons at Friday prayers on the dangers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

The MUI believes that the call is appropriate because the current situation has become a LBGT emergency.

“I agree with the circular that we are indeed facing a LGBT emergency because people with this disease are now feeling that they are normal”, MUI religious outreach department head Cholil Nafis told CNN Indonesia on Wednesday October 17.

Even stranger, said Nafis, parties that are trying to cure LGBT people are increasingly considered to be wrong because they are not extolling or supporting LGBT people.

“Because of this [we need] sermons which urge us to avoid LGBT, on the spread of LGBT, on LGBT [people] inviting others [to be LGBT] and influencing others, of course we must stop this because God Almighty’s wrath was brought down upon the Prophet Luth because of the behaviour of LGBT people”, said Nafis.

According to Nafis, the presence of LGBT people undermines the goals of Islamic law, namely having children through marriage with the opposite sex. He is concerned that LGBT ideas will undermine the health of the next generation.

“Moreover before [the next generation] is depleted because no one will give birth, and at the same time generations will become weak, become abnormal because of LGBT”, he said.

The Cianjur regency government’s instruction on rejecting LGBT during sermons at Friday prayers was contained in Cianjur Regency Circular Number 400/5368/Kesra on Presenting Friday Sermons on LGBT.

Referring to the contents of the circular, the number of LGBT people in Cianjur regency is significant based on a report by the Cianjur Aids Commission (KPA). Because of this, the regency government has asked that sermons be given on the dangers of LBGT and HIV/AIDS at Friday prayers this October 19.

In addition to the instruction, attached to the circular are six pages of sermon text titled “The Dangers of LGBT, Sodomy and Abuse in Religious Life, the Nation and the State from the Perspective of Islamic Law”. (osc)

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Source: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20181017093949-20-339089/pemkab-cianjur-minta-masjid-khotbah-jumat-tolak-lgbt

Cianjur government instructs mosques to preach on dangers of LGBT, HIV/AIDS

Wednesday 17 October 2018,

by CNN Indonesia

Jakarta — The Cianjur regency government has asked all regency mosques to present sermons on the dangers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and HIV/AIDS at Friday prayers this October 19.

The instruction by the regency government to all sub-district heads was contained in Cianjur Regency Circular Number 400/5368/Kesra on Presenting Friday Sermons on LGBT which was received by CNN Indonesia.

Referring to the circular, the government said that there are a significant number of LGBT people in Cianjur regency based on a report by the Cianjur Aids Commission (KPA).

Because of this, the regency government is asking that sermons on the dangers of LGBT and HIV/AIDS be presented at Friday prayers this week. “And disseminate this to all local village/ward chiefs”, read a section of the circular.

Aside from the instruction itself, attached to the circular is six pages of sermon text titled “The Dangers of LGBT, Sodomy and Abuse in Religious Life, the Nation and the State from the Perspective of Islamic Law”.

Cianjur regency government public relations head Gagan Rusganda has confirmed the circular. “That’s right. The circular was issued by the Cianjur regency government as an endeavor to address the spread of LGBT in our regency”, said Rusganda when sought for confirmation on Wednesday October 17.

According to Rusganda, only regency mosques that can accommodate large numbers of worshipers are obliged to give sermons on the dangers of LGBT.

Rusganda claimed that the Cianjur regency government had coordinated with several institutions in drafting the circular. The text of the sermon distributed to mosque managers, he said, was drafted by a team comprising members of the Cianjur regency government, the Cianjur Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) and representatives from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

“Of course the negative impact of LGBT is our concern and the concern of communities in our region so that [the number of LGBT] does not continue to grow and develop”, he said.

The regency government and the public are anxious about the growth in the number of LGBT people, particularly Men Having Sex with Men (Lelaki Seks dengan Lelaki, LSL) in Cianjur regency. He claimed that the presence of LGBT people has been reported in almost all parts of the regency.

As of July this year, Rusganda claims that 3,452 LSL people were reported in Cianjur regency. This has occurred in concert with findings on HIV/AIDS sufferers, which reached 916 people as of last September.

“This data has been found and recorded, of course there will be more who are not yet recorded”, he said. (bmw/arh)

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Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/01/25/lgbt-followers-viewed-negatively-but-accepted-as-indonesian-citizens.html

LGBT people viewed negatively, but accepted as Indonesian citizens

Thursday 25 January 2018,

by Marguerite AFRA SAPIIE

The majority of Indonesian people still perceive the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community negatively, but many of them believe its members deserve to live in Indonesia, says a study released on Thursday.

The survey, commissioned by Jakarta-based pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC), reveals 87.6 percent of over 1,200 respondents surveyed consider the LGBT community a threat, while 81.5 percent of them believe it is prohibited by religions.

However, 57.7 percent of the respondents, which comprise men and women of various religious backgrounds and ages living in various areas across Indonesia, said members of the LGBT community had the right to live as citizens.

“This is good news for those who believe in democracy and human rights. Although the majority say LGBT is prohibited, they believe this group of people can live in Indonesia. This finding shows there is tolerance here,” SMRC media director Ade Armando said on Thursday.

Nearly 50 percent of those who believe the LGBT group is a threat say they would still accept family members whose primary sexual orientation was toward people of the same gender. The survey found 45.9 percent of respondents would still consider LGBT relatives as part of their family, while the remaining 53.3 percent said they would not.

However, Ade admitted, there was still discrimination in public positions because over 80 percent of respondents said they could not accept LGBT mayors, governors or presidents. (ebf)