Alamsyah M. Dja’far
Jakarta – A bomb exploded in a Buddhist temple in West Jakarta, injuring three people last month. Not long after, a Christian female ward chief in South Jakarta, Susan Jasmine Zulkifli, was forced to step down by a petition signed by 2,300 locals.
It is imperative we ask ourselves what is causing this violence and discrimination, and what can be done to stop it in order to reclaim Indonesia’s long history of religious diversity and tolerance.
A 2012 report by the Wahid Institute reports 278 cases of violation of the religious rights of minority groups , particularly Christians and groups considered deviant by the Sunni Muslim majority, such as the Shi’a and the Ahmadiyya (a Muslim community founded by Ghulam Ahmad in 1889 in India), by state and non-state actors.