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Jakarta Post

Hard-line clerics demand ban on Rotary, Lions clubs

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 2 2009   /  04:06 pm

A group of hard-line clerics calling themselves the People's Ulema Forum (FUU) have demanded President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ban the international charity and social organizations Rotary Club and Lions Club, claiming they are part of a Zionist movement. The clerics said Yudhoyono should revoke former president Abdurahman Wahid's 2000 decree that allowed both clubs to operate in Indonesia again after they were banned by a presidential decree in 1962. FUU chairman Atian Ali Muhammad Da'i told a press briefing in Bandung on Saturday that based on evidence they had gathered both clubs threatened Muslims in Indonesia because they are linked to Freemasonry, a parent organization of the Israeli Zionist Movement. "The Rotary and Lions clubs are not social organizations but are part of the Freemasonry and Zionist movements, which could endanger us," he said to ...