In this episode, Swedian is back (finally) and itching to jump right back into conversation about Indonesia — which, at the moment , is all about rising religious intolerance. Sparked by the arrest and investigation of the Christian Chinese-Indonesian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — more commonly known as Ahok — on the grounds of blasphemy, we break down the recent December 2nd rally that had anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 Muslims occupy the central part of Jakarta in the form of a mass Friday prayer. We discuss our differing views on President Jokowi’s decision to attend the prayer (as a devout Muslim) and address the crowd; in particular whether his presence was a smart political move to defuse the tension or a dangerous political compromise.
For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Indonesians rally against Purnama over blasphemy claims — courtesy of Al Jazeera
Addressing Religious Intolerance in Indonesia — recognizing the threat to our nation’s plurality
Indonesia blasphemy case: Emotional scenes as Ahok trial begins — courtesy of BBC
Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil apologizes for Christmas service raid — courtesy of The Jakarta Post
Not a Mobocracy Republic — courtesy of Tempo
Exchanging Pluralism For An Islamist State — an analysis from 10 years ago that is still relevant today
For the Good of the People? — assessing the rise of religious intolerance and its impact on Indonesian pluralism