Indonesian vice president demands religious moderation in the face of Islamic radicalism
08/15/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – At the Fifth National Islamic Education Congress on August 11, the Indonesian leader advised religious moderation as a way to counter radical Islamic movements.
To eliminate the religious ambitions of radical Islamic groups, former Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, who is also Indonesian Vice President, Ma’ruf Amin suggested that public universities adopt and embrace religious moderation, which is basically an attitude of humane and virtuous tolerance that has long been the value of the Indonesian nation.
The recommendation follows reports of extremist Islamic groups with links to around 200 boarding schools in Indonesia. The objective of the radical organizations is to establish Islam as the official religion in Indonesia. This goal goes against Indonesia’s national philosophy, Pancasila, which recognizes religious freedom for its six major religions, including Islam and Christianity.
Mr. Ma’ruf also demanded that the Islamic education taught in schools be “more qualified and adapted to the time.” He emphasized the use of information technology so that “multimedia communication…with the younger generationis possible and can lead to greater educational competence.
It has further been suggested that teachers of Islamic religious education build the character of students by encouraging them to learn independently.
Previously, radical groups in Indonesia such as Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) have been linked to attacks on churches that have claimed dozens of lives. The spread of radical Islam in Indonesia threatens the peace and security of Christians.
Please pray for the continued protection of Christians and for religious freedom to be fully respected and experienced in Indonesia.
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