International AIDS Awareness Day is coming up and hardliner Indonesian clerics think they have discovered an effective way to stop the spread of the AIDS virus.
They want to promote their program instead of the National Condom Week program suggested by the government.
AKI and Religion of Peace reported:
Jakarta, 29 Nov. (AKI) – Breaking a long-held taboo, the Indonesian government has decided to promote safe sex by launching its first ever National Condom Week in an effort to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.
However, the condomn campaign, which will start on 1 December – World AIDS Day – has split Islamic religious leaders, who have differing views on how to fight the killer virus.
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Fauzan al-Anshori, spokesperson for the hardline Indonesia Mujahiddin Council (MMI) slammed the initiative and called the strict implementation of strict Islamic (sharia) law as the way to fight the disease
“We strongly feel that condoms can’t prevent people from getting AIDS. The pores of the latex are bigger than the virus itself,”he told Adnkronos International (AKI), adding that in his view the campaign was harmful and morally wrong.
“AIDS prevention should start by implementing Islamic laws and punishing rule breakers, infidels and those who engage in pre-marital sex.
“In Islam we normally throw stones at them,” said al-Anshori. The MMI is a Muslim umbrella organisation whose member groups promotes sharia law in Indonesia.