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Jakarta Post

Violence and intolerance for ambiguity

  • Sebastian Partogi

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 30 2012   /  09:34 am

Indonesia is once again affected by violent acts of religious intolerance. Recently, a group of people attacked a Shiite community in Sampang region, East Java, on Aug. 26. Two Shiite men died while trying to protect the children and women of the community.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attributes this incident to the lack of comprehensive mastery regarding religious conflict management among the personnel of Indonesian intelligence bodies. This factor can be brought into account, but aside from it, the issue of fundamentalism, which becomes a most crucial factor in curbing religious hostility and violence, has not been addressed.

One does not need to wait for gory and fiery incidents in order to respond to the inter-religious hostility that is pervading Indonesian society. Flames of hatred against the minority Shiite community in Indonesia have been fanned by the reli...