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The largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) says that religious tolerance decreased in Indonesia in 2016, citing discrimination against followers of other religions. Specific acts of discrimination were cited, such as the closure of a Christian Christmas service by Muslim radicals in Bandung, as well as attacks against other sects of Islam. The organization called on the government to do more to promote and protect religious freedom saying, “Without strong law enforcement, the state will bow down to pressure from intolerant groups that use force to impose their own agendas.”
1/3/2017 Indonesia (The Jakarta Post) – Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) declared that religious tolerance weakened in 2016, marred by discriminatory acts against followers of different religions.
Religious intolerance has taken its toll on the country this year because of intolerant acts committed by hardliner groups that violate the freedom of people to practice their religious beliefs, said NU executive council (PBNU) chairman Said Aqil Siraj.
He gave an example of intolerant acts, like the one in Bandung, where the Reformed Injili Indonesia Church canceled a Christmas service after a protest by dozens of Islamic group members.

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