Aula Madya, UIN News Online – Student Executive Council (DEMA) of UIN Jakarta holds public discussion entitled “Dilema Agama Dalam Pilkada”. This activity is conducted on Tuesday, (2/28), at Aula Madya, campus I of UIN Jakarta.

Present at the event, Deputy Rector of Student Affairs Prof Dr Yusran Razak MA. Additionally, also attended as guest speaker, Andi Syafrani MH (Political Observer) and Executive Director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) Titi Anggraeni.

In his remarks, Yusran explained that the religion and politics should be kept in line. “Do the political activities properly, apply religious values and democracy.  Do not sell religion for political purposes. I have noticed, the phenomenon of religious and democratization revival has been absorbed many attention lately,” he said.

According to Yusran, the principle of freedom and global cultural flows almost spread to all countries. Authoritarian rulers and the state is no longer attracted worldwide attention. Revitalization of religion that leads to the politicization and radical movement also made headlines unending discussion.

“Religion is actually more to do with the public good, rather than personal interests,” he added.

In the same place, Titi Angraeni said, in the context of there is no harm if we also reflect on the experience of history. The acquired vote by Islamist parties or Islamic-based parties in every election is an important data for understanding the public support for the law implementation.

“Similarly, the supports from MPR/DPR members as seen from the 1945 amendment in the MPR Annual Session, demands to re-insert the seven words of the Jakarta Charter into Article 29 of the 1945 Constitution,” she said.

Andi Syafrani also disclosed the need for study concerning the relationship between religion and politics especially in Indonesia, because it was very closely related when we look at the history and the religion development itself and also political life in Indonesia.

“One example that has a close connection between the relationship between religion and politics is there in the first principle of Pancasila. First principle of Pancasila itself has been very clear that religion has an important role in the structure of political life in Indonesia,” said andi. (usa)

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