Thursday, September 21, 2006

Militant Bali Bombing Cleric Ba'asyir attacks TV shows

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Ba'asyir said local television stations should offer more religious programmes instead of showing half-naked women. "If you ask which are more dangerous, half-naked women or the Bali bombs? The answer is of course women who bare their bodies," Ba'asyir was quoted as saying by Antara news agency. He said such shows could shake the faith of men and invite God's curse. Television programmes in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, are increasingly liberal. Private channels offer late night comedy shows featuring scantily-dressed women.
Ba'asyir, 67, left a Jakarta jail on June 14 after serving time for being part of a conspiracy behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Indonesian and Western officials had described Ba'asyir as the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah. Jemaah Islamiah is an armed movement backing the creation of an Islamic superstate linking historically Muslim Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Philippines and southern Thailand. In the past, it cooperated closely with al Qaeda's global campaign against Western targets, but in recent years many in Jemaah Islamiah have focused more on the regional struggle. Ba'asyir has consistently denied any connection to the Bali bombing or other attacks blamed on Jemaah Islamiah, which he has said does not exist.


Has a half naked woman in Indonesia killed 202 people, injuring permanently and traumatizing countless others? Again Ba'asyir shows that he wants to control Indonesia with his idea of Islam. This extremist and convicted criminal dares to compare a woman on a comedy show to a terrorist bombing attack meant to kill foreigners? It is he and his followers who should be able to discipline themselves and conduct accordingly like normal well adjusted members of the human race. Next thing you know we'll have TV stations targeted with suicide bombers running in during filming. Move somewhere that has Shariah law where you'll be happy and stop trying to make others in this country miserable!!

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