Indonesia: Compulsion to mention religion on national identity card revoked

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JAKARTA: (Christian Times) – In a historic decision by the highest court of Indonesia, it is no more necessary for the people of Indonesia to mention their religion for the national identity card, whether they follow Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism or Buddhism; they are all equal before the state.

The verdict has bene given on a legal challenge filed by the followers of local beliefs of Indonesia.

It is pertinent to mention here that Indonesia has faced a lot of negative publicity on the issue of religious tolerance during the recent years. Last year, Jakarta’s Christian governor had had to face imprisonment on the pressure of hardline Islamic alliance. The governor had been alleged of committing blasphemy.

It is also worth mentioning here that the concept of atheism is illegal in Indonesia and incidents of non-Muslims and religious minorities being dragged into blasphemy cases have also become common.