"The Government is committed to and will continue to strive to push for religious moderation. Intolerance, especially when it is accompanied by physical and verbal abuse, has no place in Indonesia. Violence in practicing religion, which causes conflicts in society, cannot exist in our beloved country," he said in his remarks at the opening of the 9th National Meeting of the Indonesian Islamic Da’wah Institute virtually on Wednesday, as quoted from the Cabinet Secretariat's website.
According to the President, religious life must adhere to amiable and friendly religious teachings that put tolerance first, not teachings that are closed and exclusive.
Therefore, he added, the Government will not give room for a close mind and intolerance to grow.
Furthermore, the Head of State said that religious organizations must also uphold tolerance, respect differences, give other people room to embrace their beliefs, to express their beliefs, and to express opinions, respect equality and differences, and be willing to cooperate.
He added that religious organizations must promote anti-violence principles and respect local traditions and cultures of Indonesia’s diverse people.