Indonesia: Youth dismiss violent extremism but are prone to intolerance

Youth dismiss violent extremism but are prone to intolerance: Survey Education and Culture Minister

Nadiem Makarim spoke out against mandatory hijab rules in schools after a video of a father arguing with a school representative that his non-Muslim daughter should not have to wear a hijab went viral on social media.(AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Indah Oktavianti (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta   ●   Fri, March 26, 2021

Indonesian youth firmly reject violent religious extremism but remain prone to religious intolerance, a new survey by the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) and the GusDurian Network has found. The survey, conducted from November to December 2020 in six cities across the country, defines intolerance as negative or hostile attitudes toward groups with different beliefs and the tendency to create disturbances for them.

While 93 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds who answered the questionnaire agreed with the principle of tolerance, 42 percent of respondents rejected the Shia and Ahmadiyah sects of Islam – considered some of the most discriminated against groups in the country. Nearly 35 percent of respondents said they would decline to offer congratulatory wishes to people of other faiths, particularly in cases of non-Muslim religio…


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