Indonesia used to be one of the most religiously moderate countries in the world. With just over 207 million Indonesians identifying themselves as Muslim, the country hosts the world’s largest Muslim community. However, in recent years things have changed. And the Indonesian government has failed to protect its Christians, Shia and Ahmadiyya, from an increase in levels of harassment.
Protests against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Christian governor of Jakarta, 31 March 2017.
The majority of Indonesian Muslims remain moderate and are appalled by the increasing religious divisions facing their country.
However Indonesia’s mainstream Muslim population struggles to speak out against members of their own community who persecute minorities. And the government that takes little interest in intervention.
Indonesia’s moderate Muslim population must stand up for Indonesia’s minority groups. Indonesians must find it in their hearts to express compassion for those who are becoming the victims of intolerance.