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Condom drive sparks protests by conservative Muslims JAKARTA - A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity. "Rather than curbing AIDS, promoting condoms will only further spread the disease," Ismail Yusanto, a spokesman for Hizbut Tahrir, a conservative Islamic group.

"AIDS is spread through injecting drug users and promiscuous sexual behavior; these things must be stopped." With the message "Use Condoms, Celebrate Life", Indonesia launched a national condom week on 30 November when free condoms were distributed in nightspots and brothels.

The recent appointment of Julia Perez, a local actress and singer known for her skimpy outfits, as a condom ambassador by the National AIDS Commission has also proved controversial in the world's most populous Muslim nation, where more than 80 percent of its 230 million people follow Islam. Perez caused a stir in 2008 when she gave away a pack of condoms with every purchase of her album, Kama Sutra.

Hizbut Tahrir members staged street rallies across the country in November ahead of World AIDS Day, urging the government to impose strict Islamic law to prevent the spread of the disease.


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Posted in Religion @ 22 December 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Conservative muslims, conservative catholics, they are just the same. How can you say condoms are bad? It is to prevent AIDS, not to promote to have more sex with more people....



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On 29-01-2010 10:02 Belanda70 wrote:
Conservative muslims, conservative catholics, they are just the same. How can you say condoms are bad? It is to prevent AIDS, not to promote to have more sex with more people....


Yeahh.. try that to explain that to those conservative people. BTW, your opinion sounds a bit naive: AIDS exists mostly by having "more sex with more people".



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