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Jesuit reported to Indonesian police for criticizing Muslim lawyer

The lawyer had stated Christianity and other non-Muslim religions should be 'dissolved' for recognizing more than one God

Jesuit reported to Indonesian police for criticizing Muslim lawyer

Father Magnis-Suseno, an emeritus professor at Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta. (ucanews.com photo)

October 12, 2017

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German born Jesuit priest Franz Magnis-Suseno has been reported to Indonesian police for defamation after criticizing a Muslim lawyer for stupidity.

The lawyer, Eggi Sudjana, had stated that Christian and other non-Muslim religions should be "dissolved" for recognizing more than one God.

However, Father Magnis-Suseno said there was "great stupidity" in Sudjana's comments about other faiths.

Father Magnis-Suseno was speaking to the media on Sept. 18 about a Constitutional Court review of a decree that allows for the banning of radical organizations.

Sudjana had maintained that the decree should not only target militant Muslim groups such as pro-caliphate Hizbut Tahrir, but also religions other than Islam.

He has also filed defamation complaints against other critics, including a Hindu youth organization that had accused him of blasphemy.

 

Will not step back

Father Magnis-Suseno, an emeritus professor at Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta who promotes interreligious dialogue, said he would not retract his comments about Sudjana.

Marsi Edon, from the Catholic Students Association, said banning non-Muslim religions would threaten "disintegration" of national unity.

Liona Nanang, of the Association of Catholic Graduates and Intellectuals of Indonesia, said Catholics believe in one God and did not contradict the national 'Pancasila' philosophy.

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