Indo-Muslims more intolerant

2010-09-29 17:04

kalahari.com

Jakarta - Indonesia's Muslim majority has become less tolerant over the past decade and the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is turning a blind eye to the problem, researchers said on Wednesday.

A new survey by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society found "a worrying increase" in religious intolerance among Muslims in 2010 compared to 2001.

Centre chief Jajat Burhanudin said certain ministers in Yudhoyono's cabinet actively encouraged intolerance, while the police too often failed to protect minority groups.

"If this continues, the process of democracy in this country will be disrupted as people will justify their acts in the name of Islam," he said.

Of 1 200 adult Muslim men and women surveyed nationwide, 57.8% said they were against the construction of churches and other non-Muslim places of worship, the highest rate the study centre has recorded since 2001.

More than a quarter, or 27.6%, said they minded if non-Muslims taught their children, up from 21.4% in 2008.

Fundamentalists

Burhanudin said the results were good news for radical groups in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

"Religious intolerance can encourage people to become radicals, join terrorist networks or at least support the agenda of fundamentalists who commit violence in the name of religion," he said.

Indonesia's constitution guarantees freedom of religion and the country of some 240 million people, 80% of whom are Muslim, has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

But it has a festering problem with local, al-Qaeda-inspired terror groups, as well as vigilantes that constantly promote, often violently, Islamic law.

Violent incident

In the latest serious incident, extremists allegedly stabbed a church elder and bashed a female priest outside Jakarta earlier this month.

Thousands of members of the minority Islamic Ahmadiya sect have lived in constant fear of attack since a 2008 ministerial decree limited their religious freedoms.

Burhanudin said Yudhoyono, who invited Islamic parties into his governing coalition, "doesn't dare" to crack down on Muslim extremists.

"There is no systematic or serious effort to reduce the strength of Islamism and intolerance," he said.

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