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Jakarta Post

MUI rules out fatwa against Facebook over cartoon

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 21 2010   /  10:35 am

The Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) on Thursday reserved all fiery comments when thousands of Facebook users across the globe uploaded images of the Prophet Muhammad on the popular social networking site.MUI chairman Amidhan said the clerics would not issue an edict banning Facebook, which has millions of users and is ranked the top website by Alexa in the world’s most populous Muslim country.“Facebook is only a tool. It’s neutral,” he told The Jakarta Post.  “But the government must be able to shut down the web page hosting the Prophet drawing competition.”As of Thursday afternoon, the Facebook page “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” had been tagged by 77,946 people who “like” it. More than 6,000 pictures have been uploaded, mostly using a cropped image drawn by a Danish cartoonist that sparked violent protests in 2006. Some of the uploaded images are considered offens...