212 2.0: Anti-Ahok mass rally planned for tomorrow but GNPF-MUI and FPI leader Rizieq Shihab won’t attend

Not to be confused with the 212 mass rally on December 2, there is going to be another protest rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama by hardline Islamist groups on February 21, also dubbed 212 (because it seems the organizers can just arbitrarily change the order of the date and the month - we’re calling the latter 2122 just to avoid any confusion) Thousands of protesters from...

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Surabaya Muslim school students protest Valentine’s Day

Indonesian Muslim school students staged a protest against Valentine's Day on Monday, denouncing what they said was a Western celebration that encourages casual sex While...

Surabaya Muslim school students protest Valentine’s Day

Religious Affairs Minister criticized for tweeting ‘choosing a governor based on religious belief does not violate the constitution’

There is no doubt that religious issues are playing a large and controversial role in the run up to Wednesday’s Jakarta governor election Yesterday, Minister of Religious...

Religious Affairs Minister criticized for tweeting ‘choosing a governor based on religious belief does not violate the constitution’

MUI Bogor urges Muslims not to attend Chinese New Year festival in Bogor

Chinese Indonesians were not allowed to celebrate Chinese New Year during the reign of Suharto, just one part of his regime’s attempt to repress Chinese culture to force...

MUI Bogor urges Muslims not to attend Chinese New Year festival in Bogor

Rising religious intolerance in Indonesia caused by discriminatory government regulations: Human Rights Watch

Religious intolerance and violations of religious freedom are on the rise in Indonesia, according to a report from human rights watchdog The Setara Institute  The...

Rising religious intolerance in Indonesia caused by discriminatory government regulations: Human Rights Watch

WATCH: Protesters at anti-Ahok rally filmed verbally and physically abusing Christian woman

A disturbing video has been circulating online purportedly showing several protesters at a rally to denounce Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama, held on Tuesday at the...

WATCH: Protesters at anti-Ahok rally filmed verbally and physically abusing Christian woman

Palestine Embassy in Indonesia regrets their flag being used in “non-peaceful” rallies by Islamic groups

Another flag-related issue has been raised in relation to the rallies organized by hardline Islamic groups in Indonesia over the past few months Not long after the authorities...

Palestine Embassy in Indonesia regrets their flag being used in “non-peaceful” rallies by Islamic groups

Universitas Indonesia lecturer formally named blasphemy suspect for writing ‘God is not an Arab’ on FB

Before the uproar over Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s blasphemy case, there was another high-profile blasphemy allegation involving a lecturer from the...

Universitas Indonesia lecturer formally named blasphemy suspect for writing ‘God is not an Arab’ on FB

Comedian Uus criticized after making fun of Habib Rizieq and clerics on Twitter, leaves TV shows

To be honest, we’ve never heard of Indonesian comedian Uus before, but he has instantly become our hero for staying true to his principles and standing up for freedom of speech,...

Comedian Uus criticized after making fun of Habib Rizieq and clerics on Twitter, leaves TV shows

Pork festival in Semarang changes name following pressure from Islamic groups

Selling pork and pork dishes is not against the law in Indonesia, but despite that, a pork-themed culinary festival in the city of Semarang, Central Java, has been forced to...

Pork festival in Semarang changes name following pressure from Islamic groups

Coconuts Jakarta Religion

Like Indonesia as a whole, Jakarta is made up of predominantly Muslim citizens, but there are also large percentages of the followers of the other five religions officially recognized by the Indonesian constitution. There are, of course, instances of tension among religious groups in Jakarta, which are often sparked by politics. But Jakarta’s citizens, regardless of their religion, have lived in peaceful coexistence and understanding of one other throughout the vast majority of the capital's history, a testimony to the inherent tolerance and moderation of its people.