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Jakarta Post

Ma'ruf decries French president's remarks

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  01:00 am
A picture shows supermarket shelves empty of French products in Kuwait City on Friday, in protest of cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohamed published in the French media. France will not give up cartoons, President Emmanuel Macron vowed this week in a homage to teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded for having shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a lesson on free speech. Paty became the subject of an online hate campaign after he showed cartoons of the Prophet to pupils in a civics class to elicit debate on freedom of expression. (AFP/Yasser Al Zayyat)

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has expressed concern over the perpetuation of an Islamophobic narrative that challenges the promotion of moderate Islam, a spokesman said on Tuesday, in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent denunciation of radical Islamists. “The Vice President regrets the statement made by President Macron that generalizes that all Muslims [are alike], without examining the different teachings or whether those who interpret Islam may be in the wrong,” Ma’ruf’s spokesperson Masduki Baidlowi told The Jakarta Post. Masduki, in quoting the Vice President stressed that the version of Islam that is found in Indonesia is one that is peaceful, moderate in practice and allows for people of different faiths to live side by side. However, he also acknowledged that Islamophobia continued to take hold in Europe and in the Ameri...