Indonesian Ulema Council condemns gays` party and play

Indonesian Ulema Council condemns gays` party and play

Logo of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). (

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) condemned a gay group that organized and joined a "party and play" in a house in Central Jakarta`s Sunter area, Sunday, before local police dispersed the gathering and arrested them.

"The MUI condemns the gays involved in holding and participating in the party and play. What they have done is strictly prohibited by religion and damned by God," Secretary of the MUI Commission for Legal and Regulation Affairs Muhammad Luthfie Hakim stated here on Tuesday.

The condemnation was necessarily expressed to demonstrate MUI`s rejection to the acts of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members and the council`s preventive efforts to protect the people at large from being influenced by the gays` behavior, he stated.

With regard to the Central Jakarta police`s success in dispersing and arresting the gays for their involvement in the drug abuse and sex party on Sunday, the MUI has highly lauded the law enforcers, Hakim stated.

"The views of certain elements in society that the LGBT people`s sexual behavior is a sort of abnormality will only favor the further growth of this homosexual community," he cautioned.

"We are so afraid of Allah Taala`s (God`s) severe punishment as experienced by societies in the past," he stated.

Antara noted that the MUI has consistently called on the legislation to ban LGBT activities in Indonesia and to categorize their acts as crimes.

Reporting by Anom Prihantoro
Editing by Rahmad Nasution, Otniel Tamindael