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Alarm at new Indonesian law on RE

A controversial new law in Indonesia requiring children to be taught their own religion by a teacher of their own faith is causing concern in Christian schools. It may cause concern further afield if other countries adopt similar laws.

The new law is of more concern to Christian schools because in many of them up to a quarter of the pupils are Muslims. Many Muslim families send their children to Christian-run schools because they have a reputation for high academic standards.

Jill McGivering , the BBC's Asia analyst, also reports that supporters of the Bill say it is non-discriminatory and could even promote inter-religious harmony.

However, Ms McGivering says "The debate may have resonance too in other parts of the developing world where there's ambivalence about the influence of the Christian church".


13 Jun 2003