In a historic feat, Indonesia has recently granted its citizens the freedom of religion by overturning a law that required all citizens to religiously identify as followers of only six officially recognized religions on their ID cards. A landmark court ruling by the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, the move is widely celebrated by those belonging to native faiths.
Since 2013, the Indonesian Civil Administration Law required all nationals to list themselves as one among the six religions officially recognized by the government, namely Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu or Confucian. If not, they would be denied basic legal rights like marriage registration, land titles, access to education and the justice system. They were also provided the option of leaving the “religion” category blank in their official documents. But by doing this, they would be considered atheist, which is considered an offense in Indonesia under its blasphemy …
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