In Indonesia, religious blends only improve families

STORY SUMMARY

A new survey by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace identifies which Indonesian provinces have the most instances of religious intolerance, demonstrating that the issue is unfortunately a real problem in the country.

Many people initially find it hard to believe that in Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, there are people of different religions.

As a result of more interethnic and interreligious marriages in my family, my extended relatives belong to at least three different ethnic groups: Javanese, Chinese and Sundanese.

I know my family is not the only one of its kind. There are many other communities in Indonesia and around the world, neighborhoods, schools, offices and organizations – like the Indonesian Diaspora Network and the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (an organization founded by Indonesian interfaith leaders) – that embrace people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and promote understanding through social interactions, dialogues and collective activities.

Looking at these groups and at my own family, at the ease with which we interact, I don’t see why we all can’t experience the same thing on a national scale.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2013/Feb-20/207140-in-indonesia-religious-blends-only-improve-families.ashx#ixzz2LXkBCn4X
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

Categories: Asia, Indonesia

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