A review of Nahdlatul Ulama’s call for an end to addressing non-Muslims as “kafir”, an appeal arising from its recent national conference in West Java.
The attempt to understand the Islamists’ reasoning of Pancasila is important. Yet one should ask, what were the conditions that enabled and constrained such reasoning?
Rizieq Shihab, who condemned the New Order regime, has called the Soeharto’s children-led Berkarya Party a “nationalist, Pancasilaist” party.
Closer to the general elections this April, the rhetoric of Islamic-leaning parties of both the incumbent’s and the challenger’s camps implies as if Pancasila serves their aspirations more than those of secular parties.