Muslim Cleric Declares that Selfies are a Sin

And would you guess that he specifically blames women for this?

A young Indonesian young cleric is taking a stand against selfies. In a 17- point manifesto posted on Twitter last week, popular Indonesian author and speaker Felix Siauw argued that taking a selfie often means succumbing to pride, arrogance, and ostentation—all of which make them a sin under Islam, according to Siauw.

He specifically criticizes Muslim women, writing, “These days many Muslim women are taking selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just–my goodness–where’s the purity in women?” according to a translation by Coconuts Jakarta.


  1. I wonder whether we could find an instance of some Christian pastor, or Jewish rabbi, who would make a similar pronouncement: I’m willing to bet that we could, but that’s not the sort of thing that makes the news.

    When our media display some backwoods Muslim demonstrating that he’s too stupid or too conservative to be one of us, our “atheists” are immediately there to ridicule him. Does that serve a purpose? Is anyone thereby persuaded to renounce Islam?

    No. But it’s a solid contribution to bolstering the morale of Our Side in the current religious war. Christianity thanks you, Chris.

      1. I don’t think you can reasonably interpret what I said as pleading that Islam should be immune from criticism.

        Perhaps we do agree all religions are equally stupid. Glancing at your archives I see that you found absurdity in Christianity at least as often as in Islam (though there’s not much mention of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, others).

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