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Priest slams school dress codes

Pupils 'being forced to wear Muslim dress regardless of religion'

Priest slams school dress codes
Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo
A priest from the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference has condemned the fact that many of the country’s school children are obliged to wear Muslim clothing, regardless of their faith.

“I heard some Catholics and Muslims discussing tolerance in schools at an interreligious program in Central Java,” said Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo, a member of the Conference’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. “They said both Muslims and non-Muslims in schools around Java were forced to wear Muslim attire.”

“We are plural, but intolerance still happens,” he added. “ It is something we cannot really understand.”

Fr. Purnomo’s comments coincide with a survey, released on March 23, which revealed high levels of intolerance among religion teachers in Jakarta.

Commissioned by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), the survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies .

ICRS Director Siti Syamsiyatun pointed out that many religion teachers show higher intolerance than usual because they are unwilling to interact with people from different religious backgrounds.

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