Posted by: becketfund | January 8, 2008

Indonesia: Increase in the Blending of Religious and Political Decisions

JAKARTA – Indonesia is attracting increased attention for outlawing what it has termed “deviant sects,” Agence France-Presse reported on January 8.  Last year, authorities issued official rulings which classified four Islamic sects as “deviant”, jailing or detaining the sects’ leaders. The official bans were based on fatwas issued by Indonesia’s Council of Ulemas, an umbrella group of Muslim organizations. Non-Muslim Indonesian view this as a worrying sign of the government’s acceptance of religious opinions in affairs of state.

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