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Militant groups ready to defend controversial law

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 4 2010   /  10:15 am

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) said they would defend the controversial blasphemy law, calling the move to scrap the 45-year-old  law as an attempt to “liberalize” and destroy Islam. The two radical groups have met with Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali to lend their support  to the government to fight against the plan of human rights groups to have the law reviewed by the Constitutional Court. The review is backed by promoters of pluralism, including recipient of the Magsasay Award and Muhammadiyah patron Ahmad Syafii Maarif and the late Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, widely respected in the Nahdlatul Ulama.     FPI lawyer Munarman said the judicial review request had no legal standing because the NGOs are not religious organizations. The individuals joining the petition were not those whose Constitutional...