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Priest slams school dress codes
Pupils 'being forced to wear Muslim dress regardless of religion'Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 24, 2011
â€śI heard some Catholics and Muslims discussing Â tolerance in schools at an interreligious programÂ in Â Central Java,â€ť Â said Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo, a member of the Conferenceâ€™s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. â€śThey said both Muslims and non-MuslimsÂ in schools around Java Â were forced to wear Muslim attire.â€ť
â€śWe are plural, but intolerance still happens,â€ť Â he added. â€ś It is something we cannot really understand.â€ť
Fr. Purnomoâ€™s comments coincide with a survey, released on March 23, which revealed Â high levels of Â intolerance among religion teachers in Jakarta.
Commissioned by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Â 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 Â higher intolerance than usual because they are unwilling Â to interact with people from different religious backgrounds.