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Preacher Abdul Somad under fire for 'blasphemous' remarks against Christian cross

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  07:54 pm
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Ustadz Abdul Somad(Courtesy of /Instagram @ustadzabdulsomad)

Muslim preacher Abdul Somad has become embroiled in religious controversy since a video of him calling the Christian cross “an element of the devil” during a sermon went viral on social media.    Abdul’s scathing remarks regarding the crucifix have garnered strong responses from the public, including religious scholars who criticized the sermon for propagating anti-Christian sentiment.    Indonesian Catholic Scholar Association (ISKA) chairman Hargo Mandiraharjo bemoaned Abdul’s now-viral sermon, saying that religious differences shouldn’t be an excuse for condescension and insults against people of different beliefs.   “As a religious figure, [Abdul] was supposed to be a peaceful bridge between different religions,” Hargo said on Saturday as quoted by tempo.co.   He said Abdul’s content...