30-Metre High Jesus Statue Built In Indonesian City, While Sabah Mufti's Fatwa Declares Buddhist Statues Haram
That predominantly Muslim Indonesia has allowed a statue of Jesus Christ, which has been said to be one of the tallest in Asia, is indeed a remarkable instance of tolerance which can never be expected to be emulated here. Ironically if at all sanctioned it would be PAS-ruled Kelantan which may allow such a statue.
The Mufti of Sabah on the other hand in his considered opinion and with wisdom declared that that all Buddhist statues are haram! With that fatwa the Thean Hou Foundation was forbidden from erecting the Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat and was ordered to halt all work although they had already brought in the statue and work had progressed halfway.
Compare the broad-minded Indonesian response and the talibanic Malaysian variety from the links below:
1) One of Asia's tallest Jesus statues graces Indonesian city.
2) Read of Malaysia's worrying religious intolerance HERE.
Islam Hadhari anyone?
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Labels: Religious Intolerance