Religious intolerance is on the rise in Indonesia
10/31/ 2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A recent survey by the Wahid Institute shows that the trend of intolerance in Indonesia has dropped from 46% to 54%.
According to Medcom.id, the director of Gusdurian Network Indonesia, an organization that bases its foundations on tolerance and dialogue, Alissa Wahid, said several factors have caused the change.
âFirst, the development of religious understanding is moving away from love for Indonesia. There are those who think that when I become more religious, I should not join Pancasila [the national ideology that promotes religious harmony], ” Alissa said in an Oct. 29 TV op-ed.
Moreover, this intolerance is also caused by the effect of decentralization. She said that the direct election of regional leaders leads regional governments and these citizens to see religion only from a majority perspective.
âThere is something interesting. When there is an area with a Muslim majority, then people refuse to have a church built. On the other hand, there are also predominantly Christian neighborhoods that refuse to grant building permits to mosques. [â¦] The local government sees it only from the local point of view â, she explained.
Finally, according to Alissa, intolerance is also increasing due to political interests that are wrapped in religious issues. This creates strong polarization and friction between religious communities.
Alissa Wahid is the daughter of the late President Abdurrahman Wahid – popularly known as “Gus Dur” – the first democratically elected Indonesian president in a generation.
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