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Indonesia Islamic Group Warns of Backlash

Indonesia’s most influential group of Islamic clerics on Friday warned of a widespread Muslim backlash if international aid groups involved in relief efforts in tsunami-battered Aceh province begin proselytizing and adopting children orphaned from the Dec. 26 disaster. “This is a reminder. Do not do this in this kind of situation,” Dien Syamsuddin, secretary-general of the Indonesian Council of Ulemas, said after Friday prayers in the main mosque of the provincial capital Banda Aceh. “The Muslim community will not remain quiet. This a clear statement, and it is serious,” Syamsuddin said, declining to elaborate on how the community would respond. Indonesia, with 220 million people, is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Full Story

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