Indonesia: 1000 Muslims Burn Down Two Churches

The recent uptick of the Islamic “tolerance” of Christianity continues and this time the hate has arisen in Indonesia. Isn’t Indonesia supposed to be one of those so called “moderate” Islamic countries?


Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.

01/23/2010
INDONESIA
North Sumatra, two Protestant churches burnt: “too many faithful and too many prayers”
by Mathias Hariyadi
At least 1,000 people set fire to the Pentecostal community places of worship. According to local Muslims, the two buildings did not have the legal permits as “churches.” The Nahdlatul Ulama admits the violence of radical Islamists against Christians. In 2009 in Indonesia, 35 cases of violation of religious freedom, 28 against Christians.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A crowd of at least 1000 people burned down two Protestant churches last night in Sibuhuan (district of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra). The blaze was the culmination of tension between the faithful and the local Islamic community, tired of seeing ” too many faithful and too many prayers ” in a place not registered as a church.

The district chief of Padang Lawas, Basrah Lubis, said that “the attackers arrived in a flash. Their number was enormous, more or less a thousand. They were angry because the administration of the church had not responded to their demands: to change the use of buildings from ‘places of prayer’ to ‘neutral buildings’. “

Both burned churches – two adjoining buildings – belong to the Synod of the Protestant Batak Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestant, Hkbp), and are Pentecostal churches, whose faithful belong predominantly to the ethnic Batak group. Even their liturgies, with dances and songs are in Batak language.

According to police, neither of the two buildings had a building permit and had to be considered “places of prayer” and not “churches”. In Indonesia, to build a church a special legal permit (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan, IMB) is necessary. The process to get the permit is almost always hard and the Islamic community has boycotted the emergence of new churches. This lack of legal permits has become the main source of Muslims violence against Christians.

According to local witnesses, the first skirmishes took place last Christmas, when a large group of Sibuhuan residents held a sit-in protest against the existence of two churches, which has “too many members and disturbs the neighbours.”

In fact, the services of the Pentecostal community are full of songs and musical instruments and it is possible that the religious holiday services were a nuisance to local members of another religion.

Conflicting with previous statements, the locals also argue against the community’s attempts to turn these “places of prayer” in “real churches”. “The legal basis for declaring a church is that the number of believers is at least 60 members. But this community has only 23 members”, claims Basrah Lubis.

The Hkbp community of Sibuhuan is in existence since 1982 and still can not get permission to convert buildings into real recognized churches. Lubis Basrah admits that non Christian local hinder recognition.

Now that the two buildings have been reduced to ashes, Hkbp communities have to travel to Sosa, 28 kilometres from Sibuhuan, where there are three permanent churches.

The Rev. Gomar Gultom, executive secretary of the Synod of Christian Churches in Indonesia (PGI), points out that all this anti-Christian violence occurs because some radical Islamic groups are deeply opposed to the construction of Christian places of worship and seek to restrain the public practise of other faiths. “In Indonesia, Christianity is legal – he says – but often, Christians are threatened.”

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15 comments for “Indonesia: 1000 Muslims Burn Down Two Churches

  1. Alamedaal
    January 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    How can we put pressure on this country to take care of this problem? We are all getting a little tired of seeing this injustice and I'm sure the local Christian are very scared and thinking there homes are next.

    • January 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      Unfortunately we do not have the numbers to make our politicians take action yet. We have to continue to keep educating our fellow countrymen, until there is enough of us that we can force them to take action. We have to make the politicians be afraid of our voice. All within the law of course.

  2. January 24, 2010 at 12:53 am

    This crap goes on and on…..but I feel that retribution will follow….and it will take a terrible toll. Frankly, the sooner the better.

  3. Hungqarian Crusader
    January 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Okay, where, oh where, ARE ALL THESE ALLEGED MODERATE MUSLIMS coming to the aid of their fellow citizens in Indonesia?

    Where can they be today when their tolerant help is needed?

    I mean I heard Obama, Pelosi, Harry "The Body" Reid say islam is peaceful and tolerant.

    Could they be wrong………or lying to us???

    • January 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

      When the Islamic excuse makers start in with that "it is not all" Muslims stuff, I just tell them that 99% of them sit silently as non-Muslims are persecuted across the Islamic world. That says it all.

      Keep up the good work!

  4. desertscout
    January 25, 2010 at 2:17 am

    These Muslims mimic their demon father of all lies; allah. I really don't expect anything less from this demon inspired brand of Arabian paganism. Just read the Qur'an and then read about the exploits of their whack job prophet, and you will begin to see just how possessed these Muslims really are. Its more sad than funny; dangerously sad!!!

  5. Laura
    January 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    The moderate muslim is figment of liberal imaginations.

  6. Charle Le Magne
    February 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    The Rev. Gomar Gultom, executive secretary of the Synod of Christian Churches in Indonesia (PGI), points out that all this anti-Christian violence occurs because some radical Islamic groups are deeply opposed to the construction of Christian places of worship and seek to restrain the public practise of other faiths. “In Indonesia, Christianity is legal – he says – but often, Christians are threatened.”

    WRONG. It occurs because these terrorist Muslims take the teachings of their cult leader and the Koran SERIOUSLY.

    The problem is ISLAM ITSELF.

    • February 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Welcome to the site Charles, and your last sentence hits the nail on the head. The excuses for Islam do not cut it.

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