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Indonesia: 'Christians should thank' Islamic group over Lady Gaga

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Jakarta, 23 May (AKI/Jakarta Post) - An Islam Defenders Front (FPI) spokesman, Munarman, has told reporters that Indonesian Christians should praise the FPI, as well as other Islamic organizations for opposing the American singer Lady Gaga’s concert in the country.

"Lady Gaga has obviously misused symbols of Christianity, such as the cross, in her work," he said on the sidelines of a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law and human rights, citing Gaga's song "Judas" as an example.

”We should be praised for what we have done instead of being condemned for threatening religious minority groups,” he added

The FPI and other fellow hard-line groups went to the House's Commission III on Tuesday to ensure House members supported the police’s decision to ban Gaga's concert.

House Commission III plans to summon the National Police over the Gaga saga, as well as the escalating violence against minority groups, by the end of this week.

"We are ready to be anybody's enemy, including the media, if they stand against our effort to combat culture that promotes pornography, as well as satanic values," Natsir Bachtiar of the Assembly of Indonesian Muslim Young Intellectuals (MIUMI) said. (iwa)

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