Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia are moving to promote a sense of civic nationalism alongside religious education to help stop violence committed in the name of religion, reports AMANA.
"Homosexuals and homosexuality are natural and created by God, thus permissible within Islam, a discussion concluded here Thursday."
"These clerics are not democratically elected officials, nor legislators. There is no obligation for the state to legitimize their presence or support their activities with state funding."
"Every edict pronounced should be based on the expertise of that field, not limited merely to the halal (allowed) versus haram (prohibited) paradigm. Enlightenment is what Indonesian society needs."
"Indonesia in the post-Suharto era has maintained the Pancasila, a political ideology comprised of the belief in one God, humanity, the unity of Indonesia, democracy and social justice. However, demands for the implementation of shari'a remain audible..."
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