Indonesia Considers Bill Protecting Religious Liberty For All Groups

Dec 18th, 2014 | By | Category: News Posts
Indonesian Christians face increasing persecution from Islamists.

Indonesian Christians face increasing persecution from Islamists.

The Muslim-dominated nation of Indonesia is currently considering a bill that will shield Indonesia’s minority religions from “intolerance.”

The bill has received guarded support from Reverend Palti Paniaitan, pastor of the Filadelfia Batak Protestant Church.

According to Palti: “It could mean protecting all religious followers unconditionally, or protecting only religions officially acknowledged by the government from other faiths,” he said. “If the bill is applied on the first condition, it means a lot to all of us, giving a bright future to our religious freedom. We will definitely give it full support. But if it means the second, we are against it.”

The Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakin Saifuddin proposed the bill. According to Saifuddin: “In the next six months, we will prepare this bill to protect all religious groups, including those outside of the six major religions: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism,” Lukman told reporters in Jakarta on October 29th.

“The bill will protect everyone’s right to religious freedom, as guaranteed by the Constitution. It includes the right to believe in whatever they choose to lay their faith in and the independence to practice their beliefs. We hope the bill can improve the quality of life.”

Read more on this proposal: Indonesia drafting bill to protect all religions – khabarsoutheastasia.com.

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