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ICG warns of mob rule, religious intolerance

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 25 2010   /  09:45 am

The government must take action to curb rising religious intolerance triggered by struggles between evangelical Christians and hard-line Islamists, a think tank says.

In a report titled Indonesia: “Christianization” and Intolerance, the Indonesia Crisis Group (ICG) said that Islamists use “Christianization” — a local term referring to alleged acts of proselytization by Christians in the predominantly Muslim country — as a justification for mass mobilization and vigilante attacks.

“Without a clear strategy, mob rule prevails. All too frequently, officials capitulate to the group that makes the most noise and the victors are then emboldened to raise the stakes at the next confrontation,” ICG senior advisor Sidney Jones said in a media release on Wednesday.

The group followed clashes between religious groups in Bekasi, West Java, where a Christian foun...