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Jakarta Post

Religious harmony index up but intolerance remains

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14, 2019   /  03:06 pm
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Hatred: These wooden crosses were pulled out of the ground at Bethesda Hospital’s cemetery in Yogyakarta. Some of the crosses were set on fire.(The Jakarta Post/Bambang Muryanto )

An index indicating religious harmony in the country has shown an increase but officials and the public have doubted such a measure given the number of religion-related conflicts that continue to occur across the country. The religious harmony (KUB) index for this year was 73.83 out of 100, an increase from last year’s score of 70.9. The index was based on a national survey carried out by the Research and Development Agency (Balitbang) of the Religious Affairs Ministry from May to June, involving 13,600 respondents in all 34 provinces. It assessed perceptions of tolerance, equality and cooperation among people of different religions. This year’s score, which falls within the range of 61 to 80, indicates that Indonesia is in “the high level of inter-religious harmony” even though the result is below 2015’s score of 75.36. While the index has shown...