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Editorial: Tolerance — the True Test of a Great Nation

Religious tolerance in Indonesia, to a certain extent, is often taken for granted. It is so woven into the social fabric that we rarely think about it.

But recent attacks on religious minorities, such as the Ahmadiyah and Christians, by radical Islamic groups have raised concern among the country’s ruling elite. So much so that there is now active discussion of formulating a new bill on religious tolerance.

Last week, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali and Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi all met with each other and endorsed the bill.

“We need a regulation that contains both conflict prevention and solutions to the problems obstructing religious harmony,” Agung said.

The current draft of the bill regulates various religious rights and obligations such as proselytization, celebrating religious holidays, constructing places of worship, funerals, and religious education.

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