Accused of Islamophobia, PSI argues rejecting religion-based laws doesn’t equal rejecting religion

After PSI founder Grace Natalie reiterated that her party would reject any laws based on sharia, politicians accused PSI of promoting Islamophobia (despite many PSI members being Muslim) and rejecting all religion just like the long gone yet still vilified Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

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Discarded statue turns out to be that of national hero, torn down 15 years ago over ‘idolatry’ concerns

Discarded statue turns out to be that of national hero, torn down 15 years ago over ‘idolatry’ concerns

This statue, which was recently fished out of a river in Indonesia, is actually that of national hero Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. It was torn down 15 years ago by a local government...

Religious Affairs Ministry launches marriage cards for ‘ease to carry around’, not replacing marriage books

Religious Affairs Ministry launches marriage cards for ‘ease to carry around’, not replacing marriage books

This adds to the number of government-issued cards we have already forgotten that we are supposed to have.

Thousands join anti-LGBT protest in Bogor, mayor agrees to demands for more discriminatory legislation

Thousands join anti-LGBT protest in Bogor, mayor agrees to demands for more discriminatory legislation

The protest's leader said that LGBT people in Indonesia now have more courage to be open about themselves because “they take refuge behind human rights”, which is increasing...

Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia’s Toraja live among the dead

Journey to the afterlife: Indonesia’s Toraja live among the dead

Martha Kande’s family lived with her greying, shriveled corpse at their home in Indonesia for seven months, as they prepared an elaborate funeral that is central to the...

Transwomen hosed down with fire truck for ‘impurity cleansing’ by authorities in Indonesia: Activists

Transwomen hosed down with fire truck for ‘impurity cleansing’ by authorities in Indonesia: Activists

Three transwomen in the Indonesian province of Lampung were reportedly hosed down by authorities on Friday evening in yet another instance of extrajudicial punishment against the...

Indonesian mayor cancels Color Run event over suspicions rainbow theme might ‘represent LGBT’

Indonesian mayor cancels Color Run event over suspicions rainbow theme might ‘represent LGBT’

The Bekate Color Run was scheduled for October 21 in the West Sumatra city of Bukittinggi, but no runner crossed the finish line because the race event never happened.

High court denies appeal against prison sentence by Indonesian woman in mosque loudspeaker blasphemy case

High court denies appeal against prison sentence by Indonesian woman in mosque loudspeaker blasphemy case

The Medan High Court yesterday upheld the much-criticized 18-month prison sentence previously given by the Medan District Court to Meiliana.

Palu mayor denies ‘deviancy’ in his city in response to Malaysian politician blaming disasters on LGBT

Palu mayor denies ‘deviancy’ in his city in response to Malaysian politician blaming disasters on LGBT

Even Indonesians aren't blaming the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi on the LGBT community.

Blasphemy or comedy? Indonesian netizens divided over cooking video mixing pork with dates

Blasphemy or comedy? Indonesian netizens divided over cooking video mixing pork with dates

Cooking pork with dates is probably nothing more than a form of culinary expression in most parts of the world, but here in Indonesia it has sparked debates about blasphemy...


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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.