Qur’an Sura 9:29, “[Mohammed said] Fight those who believe not in Allah … (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Qur’an Sura 3:64, “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers [non-Muslims] and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior … ‘Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”
By Ryan Morgan, ICC – “I watched as the pastor began to cry, tears welling up in his eyes as he described the scene to me. It was May 18th, 2012, and there were hundreds upon hundreds of screaming fanatics hurling rocks, dirt, and even bags filled with urine at his congregation as the police stood by and watched. Signs hanging near his church read ‘Jesus is a dog’ and ‘Kill the Christians.’ The rioters claimed the pastor had never obtained the proper permits to operate his church, and the local government agreed, sealing the building and prohibiting the pastor and his congregation from ever returning.
My interview with Pastor Palti Panjaitan of the GKI Yasmin church was eye opening. For years the world, including the United States, has lauded Indonesia as the prime example of a tolerant, Muslim democracy. The largest Muslim-majority nation in the world, Indonesia embraces a welcoming political philosophy known as ‘Pancasila,’ composed of five ‘inseparable’ principles, including social justice. The vicious attack Pastor Palti described hardly seemed synonymous with Indonesia’s pristine reputation. After further investigation, it proved to merely be the tip of the iceberg.
Across Indonesia in 2012, International Christian Concern (ICC) found that at least 50 churches like Pastor Palti’s were forcibly shut down, almost always under pressure from radical Islamic groups. These groups usually claim the church lacks the proper permits to operate, based on a 2006 zoning law that requires ‘places of worship’ to obtain signatures of approval from surrounding neighbors. The law is well-known to be a charade, as it is almost never applied to anyone except religious minorities. It is also well-known among Indonesia’s church leaders that obtaining a permit can be nearly impossible and usually requires hefty bribery of local officials. In 2012, I was told of one very large church which had to spend more than a million U.S. dollars to obtain a permit that is, officially at least, supposed to be free.
By early 2013, the closure of churches had begun to garner international attention. In March, photos and video of a Batak Protestant Christian church being demolished by the government was picked up by international news agencies. The video showed radical Muslims cheering and applauding as the building was torn apart, all while members of the congregation stood by and watched helplessly. The next month, ICC took the issue to Congress and the State Department. Soon after, reports of churches being sealed shut by local governments plummeted to almost zero.
That is, until three weeks ago. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, a new rash of church closings appears to be sweeping across Indonesia.” Read more.
Flashback: The Indonesian Model of Moderate Islam
- Hundreds Of Islamists Attack Christian Church During Prayer Service
- Bomb Planted At Christian Junior High School By Suspected Extremists
- Six Christian Schools Threatened With Closure … For Not Teaching Islam
- Anti-Christian Incidents Nearly Double in 2011, Worst May Be Yet to Come
- Gov’t Shuts Down 16 Christian ‘Houses Of Worship’ After Muslim Complaints
- Hundreds Of Muslims Attack Christians Gathering Near Site Of Future Church
- Muslim Mobs Throw Stones, Human Waste At Christians During Church Service
- Hundreds Of Islamists Brutally Attack Christians Gathering For Sunday Worship
- Increasing Intolerance Against Christians Force The Closure Of 17 More Churches
- Gov’t Put Christian Children In Muslim Schools, Send Them Home To Spread Islam
- Massive Increase Of Radical Islamism Spreads Throughout Indonesia, Including ‘Top-Quality’ Universities