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09/29/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On September 27, religious leaders from different faith gathered to attend the Dialogue of Religious Council Leaders in Jakarta. This meeting resulted in a joint declaration entitled Declaration of Religions for a Just and Peaceful Indonesia.

The declaration with five points was signed by KH Abdul Muqsith Ghozali from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Reverend Gomar Gultom from the Indonesian Association of Churches (PGI), Fr. Antonius Suyadi from the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference. (KWI), I Nyoman Widia from Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI), Gouw Ceng Sun from Representatives of Indonesian Buddhists (Walubi), and Ws. Mulyadi from the Indonesian Confucian High Council (Matakin).

In response, Deputy Minister of Religion Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi, said in a press release, “We appreciate the statement of the attitude of religious leaders as outlined in the declaration. This declaration is in line with the government’s efforts to strengthen religious moderation which is based on the values ​​of justice and balance.”

The declaration is listed below.

First, we believe that religions in Indonesia are present to carry the mission of humanity, justice, unity, and peace for all mankind without exception. All forms of discrimination, violence, hatred, and destruction of places of worship are contrary to the noble mission and fundamental purpose of religious presence.

Second, we stipulate that the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia based on Pancasila and the 1945 State Constitution is the final form as a national agreement that cannot be changed by anyone. All forms of movements that want to change the ideology of the country and the agreement of this nation are against the will of the religions.

Third, we wholeheartedly pledge to maintain the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, Pancasila, the 1945 State Constitution, and the principle of Binneka Tunggal Ika in living together in Indonesia as the call of our religious teachings.

Fourth, we agree to continuously improve the quality of harmony, tolerance, and togetherness among religious communities in solving all social problems of humanity, nationality, and society for the realization of a just, peaceful, and prosperous society.

Fifth, we are determined to live together in harmony, peace, and justice in religious diversity based on the basic principles of humanity, nationality, and equality as citizens and citizens of society.

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