Indonesian Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring has declared that he has isolated the cause for a string of natural disasters. It turns out that it is due to television and immoral programming.
The minister made his comments after the country was hit by a powerful earthquake in September and noted that the disaster was preceded by immoral television and the wider availability of pornography. While we have had many leaders of the religious right make such bizarre statements (here) about natural disasters, this is one of the top ministers of one of the world’s fourth most populous nation with around 230 million people.
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