Wouldn’t it just be wonderful to have governments recognizing and regulating religions?
From: Nineteen ‘local’ religions request for recognition
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 09/19/2010
Said Aqil Siradj, the chief of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, said Sunday that 19 “local” religions across the country have requested the government for recognition in addition to the six sanctioned religions; Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
“It is about time for the state to take action – as part of its social contract. The state must be wise in handling the matter,” he said Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.
NU supports pluralism, including in religious activities. However, the government must ensure its people believe in one god, added Said.