The rise of religious (particularly Islamic) radicalism in Indonesia recently should ring our alarm. The new phenomenon in this movement is the recruitment and participation of the young generation. However, the struggle of this current movement is not much different from the Islamist movement in general i.e. Islamic State (khilafah). The main problem of khilafah is that it is against the state foundation (Pancasila) which accepts and respects multi-culturalism and the multi-faiths of Indonesia. It should not be intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion. Out of the many cases related to religious intolerance, Christians as the second largest religious community in Indonesia have suffered the most. The good news is that many efforts are taken to prevent and solve this problem. One of them is by a youth community, namely Young Interfaith Peacemaker Community Indonesia (YIPCI). From my interviews and observations, I found that to some degree, what this youth movement has done has had some successful results in countering religious radicalism and intolerance. This analysis gives us a better understanding of the strategic role that youth can play and of the urgent need to replicate this kind of community especially in the current situation in Indonesia.
Author: Andreas Jonathan
Topics: Peace and Security