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Jakarta Post

Has Indonesia failed to protect its citizens?

  • Svetlana Anggita Prasasthi

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 19 2010   /  10:54 am

As a Muslim, the assaults of two Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) leaders on Sept. 12, for me and for many Indonesians, regardless their religion, is shocking. This occurred in Indonesia, where people take pride in their nation’s internationally recognized reputation as a peaceful, tolerant and democratic nation. Religion is the anchor in the everyday life of most Indonesians, either as a part of their character, or as a part of the nation’s identity.Indonesians are proud to have the 1945 Constitution as the foundation of our nation, and are equally proud of the state ideology Pancasila and its first principle, Belief in One God. The constitution guarantees the protection of freedom of religion, including every person’s freedom to worship according to his or her religion and beliefs. After Indonesia transformed into a full democracy in 1998, the nation also ratified interna...