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Naked women seen as worse than bombs

National News - September 21, 2006

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: Militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir sees erotic shows on TV as "more dangerous than the Bali bombs".

Ba'asyir, who was released from jail on June 14 after serving 26 months for his involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing that killed 202 people, said pornography was more damaging because it destroyed people's morality.

"So if you ask me which one is more dangerous, nude women or the Bali bombs, then my answer would be the women showing off their skin," he said as quoted by Antara.

Ba'asyir, who chairs the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI), was in Makassar to attend the 6th anniversary of the Committee for the Preparation of Sharia Enforcement. Both organizations seek to make Indonesia an Islamic state.

He called on TV stations across Indonesia to replace shows that have erotic content with programs Allah would approve of, such as Koran discussions, especially during the upcoming fasting month.

Ba'asyir also appealed to local administrations in South Sulawesi to adopt sharia law.

South Sulawesi is known as a hotbed of religious militancy. Several regencies and cities there have adopted sharia-inspired ordinances, which require such things as Islamic dresses for female civil servants or Arabic literacy. -- JP


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