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Ministry may revise decree on houses of worship JAKARTA - The Religious Affairs Ministry said Wednesday it was open to revisions of a 2006 joint ministerial decree requiring local consent on sites for house of worship, provided religious leaders agreed. The ministryís statement came amid calls to amend the controversial decree voiced by a political party, NGOs, a House leader and the Constitutional Court chief.

The ministryís director general of guidance to the Muslim community, Nasaruddin Umar, told The Jakarta Post that his office would welcome changing the decree should leaders of religious mass organizations want this. He was quick to add that so far, "there has yet to be such a wish". Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Indonesiaís second biggest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah, said Tuesday a revision was necessary to stop the decree from being open to interpretation.

Critics have argued that the joint ministerial decree - signed by the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Home Affairs Ministry - has made it difficult for minority religious groups to establish houses of worship, thus posing a possible violation of their constitutional rights. Calls to amend the decree mounted following the attack on congregation members of the HKBP church in Bekasi on Sunday. Two church leaders were injured in the incident.


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Posted in Religion @ 16 September 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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