While radical Indonesian Islamic groups have voiced their opposition to the planned Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta, the secretary general of the Indonesian Council of Churches said on Tuesday the international pop star should be allowed to perform because of freedom of expression.
“Don’t teach our young generation with pseudo-formality by wearing good outfits but being bad on the inside,” Gomar Gultom, secretary general of the Indonesian Council of Churches (PGI), said responding to complaints about Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.
Islamic radical groups, including the Islamic Defenders Front and the Muslim Defender Team, have threatened bad things might happen if the organizer insists on holding the show.
Mahendradatta, head of the Muslim Defender Team said Lady Gaga teaches her fans how to worship the devil and she promotes immortality.
Big Daddy, the concert organizer, is still waiting for the National Police to issue the concert permit.
Gomar said labeling a show as porn or not depended on individual views and that the concert should not be banned because of sexy outfits.
He said sexy outfits would not lead young people to pornography, but lack of religious guidance would.
“It is the duty of religious figures to guide people to have a clear mind and stand against pornography temptations,” he said.
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