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Lesbian Muslim Writer Is Attacked in Indonesia

Indonesian Lesbian activist Irshad ManjiHaving become the center of conservative backlash against her visit to Indonesia, Canadian liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji is having second thoughts over the country’s label as the largest Muslim democracy in the world.
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Last Friday, the discussion of Manji’s book Allah, Liberty and Love at the Salihara cultural center in Jakarta was disrupted by authorities who questioned the organizer’s permit to invite a foreign national.

Dozens of people claiming to be local residents staged protests during the event, saying they rejected the author because she openly declared that she was a lesbian and that her viewpoint that Islam should accept homosexuality was “unacceptable”.
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Manji, her assistant and several participants suffered minor injuries as a result of the physical attacks.

In 2008, author Irshad Manji visited Jakarta and Yogyakarta to discuss her first book entitled Faith without Fear: The Challenge for Muslims Today.

The book catapulted the Ugandan-born woman to the forefront of public attention as an advocate of “reformist and progressive” interpretations of Islamic teachings.

The New York Times described her as the late Osama bin Laden’s “worst nightmare”.

In her newest book, entitled Allah, Liberty and Love, Manji included Indonesia as an example of a place where pluralistic Islam could be upheld in the real world.

“However, at the current time, a lot of things have changed,” she told Tempo on Thursday morning. “Those people [who attacked the event] are cowards,” she added.

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(h/t to Jihad Watch)

Islamic Groups Fight Gender Equality Bill in Indonesia as Against Sharia

Map of IndonesiaThe fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups.
No fewer than six major Islamic organisations have formally objected to the equality bill on the ground that some of its articles go against Islamic values in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation where 80 percent of its 238 million people are followers of the faith.
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The bill goes against the grain of the Islamic Shariah law on inheritance which favours males. It also allows a man or a woman to freely choose a marriage partner regardless of religious persuasion and seeks to legalise homosexual or lesbian marriages.

Many ordinary women now accuse non-government organisations (NGOs) such as the international Women Against Shariah (WAS) for creating confusion in Indonesian society that has set notions about the place of men and women in it.

According to WAS, Shariah law imposes second class status on women and is incompatible with the basic principles of human rights that include equality under the law and the protection of individual freedoms.

Read the rest: Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill.

Islamic Group in Indonesia Plans Demo Against Lady Gaga

Image of Lady GagaA hardline Islamic group warned Wednesday it would not let Lady Gaga set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert in the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population.

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) vowed to mobilize 30,000 demonstrators to protest the U.S. artist’s June 3 performance in Jakarta and to intercept her at the airport.

“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told Agence France Presse.

“Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous,” he said.

The U.S. pop diva, famed for her outrageous outfits and provocative performances, has sparked opposition in other Asian countries with her “Born This Way Ball” global tour, which kicked off in Seoul last month amid protests.

But the FPI, notorious for making threats and often failing to follow through, will face opposition from 40,000 fans planning to attend the sold-out show in Indonesia.

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Lady Gaga Warned about Offending Indonesian Muslims

Lady Gaga in risque costumeLady Gaga has been warned about her provocative outfits ahead of her tour of Indonesia in June.

The multi-million-selling artist, who is on a 110-date world tour to promote her album Born This Way Ball, is currently in South Korea.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest Muslim nation and Islamic leaders have said her risque outfits will not be tolerated.

“I call on Lady Gaga to respect our cultural and traditional values. Most people here are Muslims and we cannot tolerate her revealing outfits and sexy performances,” the Indonesia Ulema Council leader Amidhan told AFP. “It’s better for Lady Gaga to cancel her show in this country if she has no willingness to respect our demand. Please do not destroy our nation’s morality and ruin our dignity.”.

Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – has courted controversy for appearing clad in outfits made of raw meat or on high heels. Big Daddy, the promoters for the concert in Jakarta, said tickets began selling in early March and were sold out within two weeks.

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Just a little amusement to start the weekend off with a laugh.

Miniskirts Invite Rape Says Indonesian Minister

Women in Indonesia Rally to Denounce Victim Blaming in Rape CasesIn Islam, it is believed that the uncovered body and hair of a woman are so alluring that a man can’t control his sexual urges.  So rape is the fault of the woman.  It is not expected that the man be responsible for his own behavior.

Earlier this month, Indonesia’s House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie drew widespread condemnation after he suggested female staff be banned from wearing miniskirts, saying such clothing could prompt men to rape them.

Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali took the proposal to a new level on Wednesday, suggesting that women should be stripped of the right to wear miniskirts altogether.

Mr. Ali said the newly-established Anti-pornography Task Force, of which he is the chairman, was trying to establish clear criteria for pornography and seeking public input.

“We still haven’t established criteria, but we know pornography when see it,” Mr. Ali was quoted as saying by news portal. He couldn’t be reached for further comment, but was reported as saying that pornography could be measured by the way some women dress.

Read the rest: Indonesian Minister Re-Ignites Miniskirt Debate.

Muslim Women in Indonesia Object to Gender Fairness Bill

Indonesian Women Scolded by Morality PoliceBelieve it or not, the objections to the Gender Fairness and Equality bill were Indonesian women representing six Islamic organizations. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, has slowly been going sharia as shown by this protest.  These women don’t want women to be able to inherit equally with a man, marry whom they want or to be able to work at a job of their own choosing.  Can you say Stockholm Syndrome?

From the Jakarta Post: Islamic Groups Object to Gender Equality:

Six major Islamic organizations have voiced objections to the gender fairness and equality bill, saying that some articles may harm Islamic values.

The objections were made during a consultation meeting between the organizations and the House’s religion and social affairs commission.

The criticisms came from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the Indonesian Consultative Council for Muslim Women Organizations (BMO-IWI), Aisyiah, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), the Islamic Community Party (PUI) and Muslimat NU.

The representatives, who were all women, said that the bill could further violate Islamic law on inheritance sharing, marriage and women’s rights to be a mother and housewife.

They said that the bill’s article 12, for example, which stipulated that every man and woman could freely choose a husband or wife, contradicted Islamic law that suggests the bride and groom be of the same religion.

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“Rights of Muslim Women”

A conference on “Rights of Muslim Women” was held by the Cultural Department of Iran’s embassy in Jakarta and Islamic University of Sonan Kolija.

Mohammad Ali Rabbani, Iran’s Cultural attaché, in this conference related on the role of women as half of the Islamic community, Muslim women’s capabilities and their influence on ideological and cultural changes, role of the women in the current events of the world, cultural invasions and negative advertisements regarding the status of Muslim women as well as problems of Western views on Women in Islam.

Iranian official referred to some of the most concise and precise legal discussions on the rights of Muslim women and demanded Iranian and Indonesian elites to cooperate in explaining the rights of the Muslim women to the world.

Women lecturers from Iran and Indonesia in this conference explained on Women in Islamic Fiq’h, virtual space and the role of Muslim women in preventing the damages of virtual space to the family, responsibilities and duties of Muslim women in Islamic thinking and also legal and social challenges for Muslim women.

More HERE.

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