Posted by: becketfund | November 20, 2006

Indonesia: Government Elects to Continue Listing Religion on ID Cards

AsiaNews reports that the government of Indonesia, as of November 16, intends to continue listing religious affiliation on identity cards, despite the criticism of members of various faiths.  Following a parliamentary debate, Indonesians will continue to have a choice of six faiths recognized by the government: Islam, Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.  The decision has been very badly received, with many decrying it as a political ploy, and others stating that it is a violation of the rights of those who embrace no religion or a religion that is not listed.

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