ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Ring of Fire Caused Palu Quake, Not LGBT Activities

10/24/2018 | New Straits Times

A prominent Indonesian Muslim leader has pilloried Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for claiming that the Palu earthquake was God’s punishment for the immoral activities committed by the LGBTI community there. According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), Ahmad Syafii Maarif, the former chief of the 30-million strong Muhammadiyah, the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, said the quake-tsunami was a natural phenomenon. Indonesia, he explained, was located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area stretching some 40,000km in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. “There are geographical factors involved,” Syafii was quoted by FMT as saying. Syafii also said he was surprised that an “important person” like Zahid could make such a statement.


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