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Submitted by sinantara (Indonesia), Apr 3, 2015 at 23:04

Now you're going too far. I am Indonesian and living in Indonesia and have been to a Catholic School, a state school were students with separate religion classes for Christian students, but I went again to a Catholic university. Yes, we had a PKS party man as religious minister for some years who did his best to Islamize the educational system, and we have the special region of Aceh--which is shariah run, which is a mixed blessing for o our Islamists since after having a good look at Aceh, voters in other provinces now make sure they vote nationalist (a lot of Muslims are Islamophobes actually).

Yes, Saudi money is at work here too. And yes, Christians are discriminated against--still they have a fighting chance, literally. Timor Leste put up a fight until it was shuttled by Habibie, and the Ambonese fought back with such vigor that now even the green milltary (a opposed to the red and white military) know that imposing the Jakarta Charter simply will lead to uprisings in north Sumatra, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara (Kupang will want to join Dilli), Papua, north Sulawesi, Ambon again... And there is still nationalism in religion, I have a friend who converted ti Christianity since as a Javanese he could accept the Aabization of Javanese culture so he joined the Gereja Kristen Jawa which has Javanezed its liturgy... No body wanted to kill him, up till now--we are not Arabs. A number of Indonesian Muslims, mostly from NU, even look down on what they call Arab Islam. They believe Indonesia Islam should be the solution.


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