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The volatility of politics, religion and education

  • Salvatore Simarmata,

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 1 2009   /  11:22 am

Instead of dealing a bit more seriously with our heterogeneous society, we have been vigorously blending religion with politics, in the hope that holy and successful goals will be accomplished given the sacred power of religion itself. Then the alarming threat pops up, since what religious teachings require of followers does not suit everybody. Furthermore, one cannot deny the catastrophic corruption cases perpetrated by our politicians no matter what their political parties bases are - religion or something else. We must be aware that religion is not a one-fits-all solution in this sinful world. The notion of the holiness of religion has been skewed for the sake of temporary ends embedded into political gains. I bet when more religion is mixed with national politics, the bumpy road to democracy and prosperity will be longer. Why? Not because we are not a religious state ...