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Jakarta Post

Reviewing ‘kafir’ to end intolerance, inequality

  • Aan Anshori


Jakarta   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /  11:08 am
Reviewing ‘kafir’ to end intolerance, inequality Parade participants amid heavy rain in Surakarta, Central Java, on Feb. 23. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

In the previous months, we have been shocked by intolerant actions against two Indonesian Christians — including a deceased elderly woman. In mid-February, villagers in Mojokerto regency, East Java, opposed the burial of Nunuk Suwartini, 68, in Ngares village because of her religion. The most recent case saw a Christian artist, Slamet Jumiarto, 42, expelled from another predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Bantul in Java’s heartland, Yogyakarta. As a Muslim by birth, who was raised in Islamic education systems from pre-elementary school to the postgraduate level, I can surely say that while these cases are shocking, they are the extreme logical consequences of what all Muslims have been taught regarding all non-Muslims, referred to as kafir or infidels. While we are indoctrinated to believe that there is no salvation outside Islam, likewise we are taught that ...

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