Saturday, May 23, 2009
Indonesian Moslem clerics ban Facebook and mobile phone calls between sexes
After Facebook, NU targets mobile phone calls between sexes
Many have been shocked to learn that 1,700 Muslim clerics of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) — the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia — have issued an edict banning communication between sexes using mobile phones, and online social networks such as Facebook.
The NU claims that communication using mobile phones was prone to adultery, especially between the sexes and that he only communication allowed between different sexes is that which spreads Islamic teachings.
Facebook, Friendster and others because they are not used to spread Islamic teachings are banned. Ulemas have requested social networking operators block online pornography.