» 09/18/2014, 00.00
INDONESIA - ISLAM
Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats
The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus".
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Giving into Islamic extremists, the
Catholic University of Sanata Dharma (USD) in Yogyakarta, in the province of
Central Java, has canceled a seminar on "different" sexual
orientations, including homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender . The meeting promoted
by the USD Faculty of Psychology on theme of the seminar "LGBTI: We are
different, we are unique and we are One" was canceled in a hurry last
night. Yesterday, the Islamic Society Forum (FUI) is the meeting went ahead its
members would have "infiltrated" it to stop a discussion that would
have "dishonored Islam".
Johanes Eka Priyatna, USD dean, confirmed the
cancellation of the seminar, after a closed-door meeting with the police chief,
professors and members of the student council.
Among Indonesian cities, Yogyakarta has always stood out as the most "tolerant"
and home to dozens of universities of different inspirations. However, in
recent years it has registered incidents of sectarian intolerance, the work of local
Muslim extremist groups that have targeted the local Catholic and Protestant
Among the many episodes, there was the attack on the Catholic
Felicianus last May; a week later, the extremists targeted a
"house of prayer" belonging to a Protestant community; and again,
at the end of June unidentified persons attacked the
parish of the Sacred Heart shouting "Allah is great".
Muhammad Fuad, head of the local branch of FUI, welcomed
the cancellation of the seminar. He accuses the Catholic University of
fomenting deviant sexual practices, which are not accepted by the people of
Indonesia. "Deviant sexual behaviors are contagious - says the Islamic
leader - and if we do not stop this 'virus', it is sure that one day gays and
lesbians will claim equal rights and ask to see same-sex marriage recognized."
Indonesia, the world's
most populous Muslim nation, where Catholics are 3 per cent of the population,
is becoming as one of the main centres of Islamic activism in the Asia-Pacific
region. As AsiaNews recently
reported, fundamentalist movements and local Muslim leaders have found inspiration in the
exploits of Sunni fighters in Syria and Iraq and plan to support the struggle
for the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, even in Asia.
Bandung Catholic universities against the dangers of drug use among students
Parahyangan Catholic University and a diocesan foundation organised a seminar against drug abuse. Students actively participated with their own reflections and analysis. The Diocese of Bandung is the only one in Indonesia with a facility for recovering addicts.
Indonesia: Catholic politicians and the challenge of morality
A seminar organised by the Bishops’ Conference stresses the need for lay Catholic politicians to show their diversity by engaging in ethically irreproachable behaviour. They should practice “a good Catholic way of life, including praying and attending mass regularly,” as well as “neither manipulate nor be manipulated.”
Jakarta, seminars and meetings on the Year of Faith and the Second Vatican Council
A “grand” seminar programmed for December, devoted to the study of the texts of the Council Fathers. In the capital, a two-day study course of the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini. Archbishop of Semarang: the Council a gift from God and "cornerstone" of the universal Church.
Medan: Catholic doctors and students on retreat, to strengthen cooperation and friendship
The theme of the 19th edition of the meeting is "Enhancing unity through solidarity." The event was attended by at least 80 people, including students and teachers. Local priests also present. Lectures and seminars accompanied by prayer and reflection. A Catholic University initiative that reinforces "cooperation and mutual relations."
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Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'
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