Muslim clerics want Indonesian organizers to cancel Miss World pageant because it’s against Islamic teachings

They want to ban the pageant even if organizers said it will not feature beauty queens in bikinis.

Niniek Karmini of the Associated Press (via MB.com.ph) reports that Indonesia's powerful Ulema Council is urging the government "to cancel the Miss World pageant scheduled for next month, saying the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings."


According to the report, the council held a top-level meeting of clerics earlier in August "to respond to protests from some groups over Indonesia’s hosting of the event, even after organizers agreed to cut the bikini competition and instead outfit contestants in more conservative sarongs."  The Ulema Council is an influential Islamic body that often issues fatwas, or edicts, including controversial rulings against smoking and yoga.

 

In response, the pageant organizers said the beauty contest will push through although they will make some adjustments in the program to make it more appropriate for Indonesian culture. The pageant is scheduled in September, with part of the competition to be held on the resort island of Bali and the final round on September 28 near Jakarta.

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