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Jakarta Post

Groups condemn planned Koran burning

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 5 2010   /  09:52 am

Religious leaders and promoters of pluralism in the country have condemned the plans of a church in Florida in the US to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI), the Parisada Hindu Council and the Indonesia Confucianism High Assembly (Matakin) are among the religious organizations grouped under the Movement for Pluralism that made a joint statement Wednesday denouncing the planned act as “a despicable, uncivilized [act that] must be condemned”.Other groups in the movement include the Wahid Institute, the Interfaith Harmony Forum (FKUB), the Moderate Muslim Society and the Christian Youth Movement of Indonesia (Gamki).The statement calls for the US government “to immediately stop the uncivilized plan [that] not only constitutes a violation of human rights, but can also trigger religious tension a...