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Jakarta Post

Praising humanity, singing love

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 28 2010   /  01:32 pm

Muna Panggabean was trying to comfort her four-year-old daughter. The little girl cried after a confrontation with her friend.Sobbing, little Janis told her mother that her friend did not want to befriend her anymore because her God – Jesus Christ – was a liar.Her daughter’s story struck Muna like lightning in the daylight, raising an alarming idea that children could be infiltrated by misleading understandings about living in diversity.The matter made the mother of five observe Jakarta’s environment, capturing people’s concerns on the present situation, where humanity is placed in the backseat, unlike religious or ethnicity issues.Muna shared her thoughts with friends of different religions and backgrounds to find out that many people still believed and fully supported the creation of harmony in plurality.   “The voices of pluralism do exist, but they are sporadic ...