In wake of declassified US files on 1965 mass killings, NU and Muhammadiyah say they’ll support reconciliation

"Reconciliation can be done, however it must begin with historical recognition."

Religion

Fugitive FPI leader Rizieq’s expenses being paid by Saudi gov’t since he’s a descendant of the Prophet: lawyer

Fugitive FPI leader Rizieq’s expenses being paid by Saudi gov’t since he’s a descendant of the Prophet: lawyer

"He has been declared to be the 39th descendant of the Prophet Muhammad or something like that. His lineage is clear."

Pope accepts resignation from Indonesian bishop accused of having mistress and skimming $124,000 from Church

Pope accepts resignation from Indonesian bishop accused of having mistress and skimming $124,000 from Church

A total of 69 priests were reported to have resigned in June in protest at Leteng's conduct, prompting a Vatican probe of allegations he took $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops'...

Viral photo of policewoman, unable to adopt abandoned baby because she’s not from ‘majority religion’, pulls heartstrings in Indonesia

Viral photo of policewoman, unable to adopt abandoned baby because she’s not from ‘majority religion’, pulls heartstrings in Indonesia

She visited him every day for a month and was ready to bring him home. Then she was told she could not, because of her religion.

4.5 million Indonesian students will join national university action to reject radicalism on Oct 28, says organizer

4.5 million Indonesian students will join national university action to reject radicalism on Oct 28, says organizer

One of the concerns related to Indonesia’s rising religious conservatism is that a small but growing number of Indonesians are embracing radical ideologies such as those...

Military officer sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for blasphemy, claims he burned dozens of holy books accidentally

Military officer sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for blasphemy, claims he burned dozens of holy books accidentally

"Justice must be upheld even if we have given forgiveness, and we hope this incident does not happen again in the future."

Misunderstanding of English thought to be reason behind controversial ‘Turn Back Quran’ t-shirts sold online

Misunderstanding of English thought to be reason behind controversial ‘Turn Back Quran’ t-shirts sold online

Remember the “Turn Back Crime” t-shirts that were all the rage last year, and, to some extent this year as well (at least with the many wannabe cops in Indonesia)?

FPI and other hardliners plan Friday protest against communists; MUI says: What communists?

FPI and other hardliners plan Friday protest against communists; MUI says: What communists?

"(This issue of) the PKI should be finished. The PKI membership is already gone, already all dead. "

Muslims in C. Java help with cleanup of collapsed church due to earthquake

Muslims in C. Java help with cleanup of collapsed church due to earthquake

While there are many concerns about rising religious tensions in Indonesia, there are still plenty of Indonesians whose actions remind us that tolerance is still alive and well in...

Jakartan nicknamed ‘Joker’ demands Christian service for children be stopped while carrying saw and axe, gets beaten up the next day

Jakartan nicknamed ‘Joker’ demands Christian service for children be stopped while carrying saw and axe, gets beaten up the next day

A video showing a man angrily demanding the end to a religious service for children taking place in an apartment building in Jakarta went viral online, in the midst of escalating...


 

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.