Learning to govern religion democratically in Indonesia

Source: UCA News.Com

While some activists feel that the best regulation of religion is the least regulation of religion, this is not the policy of most states. Most states, including most democracies, are heavily involved in the management of religion. These democracies manage to synthesize their commitments to individual human rights with the promotion of the religious values that are central to the country’s national identity and sociopolitical institutions. In other words, the Indonesian state need not become secular in order to protect minority rights; it simply needs to learn from the policies of consolidated democracies like Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Senegal, Romania and India.

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  1. Mostly Western democracies are at forefront in accommodating the religions, holding views that are contrary to the majority. Acceptance of Ahmadiyya as Muslim Community is an obvious example. Germany went further ahead and accepted the Ahmadiyya as Muslim community at state level. No where on this planet any Islamic country showed this accommodation. To me it will be the litmus test of religious democracy for Indonesia also. Being the largest Islamic country it can take lead.

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