·Diocese nixes Islamic teaching in Catholic schools
·Religious affairs office tells schools to close
·Catholic schools in Blitar agree to provide Islamic
Those three articles are discussing about controvertionCatholic
schools and local office of the Religious Affairs Ministry in Blitar. They ask Catholic
schools to provide Islamic lesson for Moslem students based on Government
Regulation No. 55/2007 on religious teachings, which is in turn based on Law
No. 20/2003. If the Catholic school doesn’t allowing the rule then the local office
of the Religious Affairs Ministry will close the school.
But, Yohanes Gabriel Foundation as the one of the
owners of Catholic schools in Blitar disagree with the rule to provide Islamic
lesson in their school because they say that the students and also parents was agreed
with the educational system of Catholic schools before and it’s also According
to the vicar-general, Article 55 (1) of Law No. 20/2003 on the national
education system said that Catholic schools were entitled to implement a
curriculum following their own religious, social and cultural norms.
Talking about this problem, I disagree with the local
office of the Religious Affairs Ministry that force the Catholic schools to
provide Islamic lesson to make the Muslim students to be able to read and write
Al-Qur’an verses. Because it should be the responsible of each parent to choose
the school that appropriate with the background of their child. So if they agree to entering the schools with
different background for their child, they should take the risk if their children
doesn’t get the religion lesson based on their own religion.
It will be make the local office of the Religious
Affairs Ministry in Blitar looks discriminate the other religion. Beside that,
the people who don’t like with Islam will use this situation to make the pride
of Islam or Moslem down in the other religion. Because as we have known, Islam
is dominate Indonesian so if the government make a distance for each religion,
they will make the other religion discriminated.
That’s all my opinion for the problem in my own
city, Blitar. The conclusion is I disagree with the rule that look forcing and
blaming the Catholic schools because it should be the responsible of each
parents to guide and choose the best schools for their children. Thank you =)