Canadian activist Irshad Manji not welcome by Indonesian hardline group

Posted by David Khoirul

Irshad Manji dan FPI Jakarta IndonesiaIrshad Manji, a liberal Muslim Canadian activist, visited Jakarta yesterday to promote her book "Allah, Liberty and Love," but Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) urged the goverment to deport her. According to this hardline group, she is going to promote homosexuality.

“Irshad Manji is a gay and lesbian activist. She wants to make Islam open to gays and lesbians. Islam would never accept gays and lesbians,” Habib Novel, the secretary of the Jakarta branch of the FPI, said, as I quoted from The Jakarta Globe.

On Friday evening, she attended a discussion, where she would talk about her book, at Salihara cultural center in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta.

Police interrupted her, and she had only talked for about 15 minutes. Outside the building, hundreds of FPI members and supporters had gathered, demanding to stop the discussion.

Under heavy police guard, Manji was escorted out of Salihara.

Irshad Manji is a critic of traditional mainstream Islam. An advocate of a progressive interpretation of Islam, she writes a number of books and has worked as a journalist.

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