Indonesia is once again affected by violent acts of religious intolerance. Recently, a group of people attacked a Shiite community in Sampang region, East Java, on Aug. 26. Two Shiite men died while trying to protect the children and women of the community.
Inter-religious hostility Â is pervading Indonesian society. Flames of hatred against the minority Shiite community in Indonesia have been fanned by the religious leaders who label the stream of teaching as “deviant”, and propose a conversion to the majority Sunni teachings to resolve the conflict once and for all.
Intra-Islamic religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia, says Dr Greg Fealy, an Australian specialist on Islam in the country.
- Recently, Â Indonesia’s Religious Affairs minister said that he does not regard Shias as Muslim.
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