Minister warns of Islamic group
Extremists 'indoctrinate young and threaten entire nation'
The Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) which recruits thousands of young people and indoctrinates them with radical ideology is a serious threat the entire nation, he said.
“We ask all ... to be alert, because the radical movement does not influence only Muslims but also other religious followers,” he said after attending a May 3 ecumenical celebration in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara province.
About 2,000 Christians and hundreds of Muslim students attended the program.
“We do not want the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) ruined by certain radical and irresponsible people or groups,” the minister said.
The government has called on all people to help monitor the movement so as to prevent its radical teachings from entering their society, especially the universities and religious institutions.
The minister said his department cannot work alone and has asked the national police to take immediate and stringent actions against such movements.
Meanwhile, Archbishop Petrus Turang of Kupang called on Christians to create a peaceful situation and maintain an attitude of friendship in the society.
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