In Indonesia, a Mosque and a Church Foster Friendship Amid Religious Tensions

St. Paul’s Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. About 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million people are identified as Muslim, but the country has a small, influential Christian population. Credit Kemal Jufri for The New York Times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a tree-lined side street in the Indonesian capital sits a colonial-era Protestant church with rustic wooden pews and stained-glass windows, and an antique pipe organ built into a large wall behind the altar. Across the street is a modern, 100,000-square-foot mosque with towering arches at its entrances and a cavernous prayer area laid wall-to-wall with red ... Read More »

Will Indonesia influence the world?

Indonesian supporters of Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also know as Ahok, push a gate at the Cipinang Prison where Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is being prisoned in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years on May 9 after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images INDONESIA-RELIGION-TRIAL-ISLAM

According to media reports, Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs is poised to toughen the country’s blasphemy laws, expanding the definition of blasphemy. And that does not bode well for religious minorities in the world’s most populace Muslim-majority country. In addition, the government is considering lengthening the maximum sentence for blasphemy to six years in prison from the current five. The ... Read More »

Is Radicalism On The Rise In Indonesia’s Public Schools?

Pelajar SMA. Foto: Ilustrasi/

A new survey conducted by the Ministry of Education and Culture found a surprising number of students supported ISIS and the implementation of nationwide Sharia Law. Tolerance is losing ground in Indonesia’s public schools. The Ministry of Education and Culture surveyed students, teachers, and principals in four schools, two public, two private, about their views on pluralism, diversity, and religious ... Read More »

Indonesia to Re-educate Members of Pro-Caliphate Group

Sejumlah massa Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia membawa banner saat mengikuti puncak acara Muktamar Khilafah 2013 di Stadion Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Minggu (2/6). Foto: TEMPO/Dian Triyuli Handoko.

Govt aims to implement measures to ensure Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members lose hard-line tag, adopt national ideology The Indonesian government says it intends to re-educate members of a recently dissolved hard-line Muslim group that wants to turn the country into a caliphate. Soedarmo, director-general of politics and public administration at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said something need to be ... Read More »

Yogyakarta Students Speak Up Against Intolerance

United: Around 300 students from 27 schools across Yogyakarta read out a pledge to uphold a spirit of tolerance during the Declaration of Tolerant Yogyakarta Students event at Yogyakarta State University's (UNY) Pancasila Park on Aug. 28. Foto: JP/Bambang Muryanto

Hundreds of students in Yogyakarta have conveyed their pledge to uphold tolerance and maintain unity amid growing religious tension and sectarianism. In Bantul, a headmaster of a state high school was reported to have refused to support issues related to tolerance and Pancasila. It was also reported that he initially refused to send his school’s students to attend the Declaration ... Read More »