On Friday, a member of the Parliament from the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party and Indonesia’s former Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembering tweeted: “A saying of the Prophet [Mohamed]: Whomever you find committing the acts of the community of Lot (homosexual) should be put to death.”
He later deleted the tweet after bring criticized online.
Sembering is just one of the many high-profile politicians that have been voicing their anti-gay opinion.
On Monday, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said that the LGBT community is “more dangerous than nuclear weapons, because ‘it skews the mindset of our nation away from our base ideology.’”
Last week, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic group in Indonesia issued a statement declaring “that it would not recognize the existence of LGBT groups and their activities, and that LGBT people’s sexual orientation was incompatible with human nature.”
NU has over 50 million members and has also asked the government to criminalize homosexuality and LGBT rights. They have also asked for the rehabilitation of LGBT people.
“[The law should also stipulate] rehabilitation for every person who has LGBT characteristics so they can return to normal,” their statement said.
In Indonesia, gay sex is not a crime, but it is taboo.
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