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Jakarta Post

NU opposes blasphemy law review

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 1 2010   /  10:06 am

Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization, said Sunday it was against the move made by some NGOs and backers of pluralism to request the Constitutional Court to review the 1965 Blasphemy Law.    NU chairman Hasyim Muzadi told a national meeting of former members of NU Students Association in Jakarta that he expected the court to reject the request, saying that revising the law would do more harm than good to society.“We have to be able to differentiate between democracy and moral deviation,” Hasyim said as quoted by Antara. Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali also expressed opposition to the NGO moves. “If the law is eventually scrapped, then many people will cast aspersions against other religions,” he said in Medan as quoted by  Hasyim, who has headed the NU since 1999, said the NGOs should be thankful that...