Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said sermons that contain hatred and slander are 'strictly unacceptable' and urged preachers to spread messages of peace to uphold the sanctity of places of worship across the archipelago. (Reuters Photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Divisive Religious Sermons Have No Place in Indonesia: Minister

BY :DAMES ALEXANDER SINAGA

JUNE 01, 2017

Jakarta. Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said sermons that contain hatred and slander are "strictly unacceptable" and urged preachers to spread messages of peace to uphold the sanctity of places of worship across the archipelago.

"Do not let houses of worship become centers of hostility, do not promote hateful slander," Lukman said in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (31/05).

The minister urged preachers and managers of houses of worship across the country to abandon hateful sermons in a bid to promote national unity.

"I hope preachers, and the managers who select them, will heed my call," Lukman said.

Worshipers too have a role in maintaining the purity of their religions by rejecting hateful or divisive sermons, the minister said.

"If religious lectures stray outside the boundaries of acceptable behavior, if they contain insults, abuse or religious hatred, then they violate the state ideology, Pancasila," he said.

"They also violate the 1945 Constitution, and they undermine national unity."

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