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Prominent Muslim cleric demands that Indonesia’s Catholic schools hire Muslim teachers

Catholic World News - November 12, 2013

An official of the leading body of Muslim clerics in Indonesia demanded that Catholic schools hire Muslim teachers to teach Islam to Muslim students.

A local leader of the Indonesian Ulema Council “urged all private schools, including Catholic ones, to hire qualified staff to teach the Islamic religion to Muslim students,” according to an AsiaNews report. “In his view, the absence of Islamic religious teachers is a grave violation of the law because every student should be able to receive lessons in his or her religion.”

The nation of 249 million is 86% Muslim, 6% Protestant, 3% Catholic, and 2% Hindu.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Nov. 13, 2013 3:56 AM ET USA

    If Muslims want to teach Muslims about Islam, then they can open their own schools. Allowing another faith tradition to be taught in Catholic schools will water down the education of all, and cause both confusion and dissension. I know many, many Muslims who send their children to Catholic schools with no expectation that Islam be taught to them. This is an attempt to further impose Islam on the Christian world, and must be resisted, strenuously.

  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 12, 2013 3:16 PM ET USA

    Sounds like the Mid-East, too, where most of the students in Catholic schools are Muslim.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Nov. 12, 2013 9:50 AM ET USA

    But isn't religion a private matter, to be practiced in the home or in proper places of worship? We in the West keep hearing that kind of discourse from our intellectual elites... Maybe the Indonesian clerics are not listening.

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