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Islamic Groups Shut Down Worship of Church in Indonesia

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    Islamic Groups Shut Down Worship of Church in Indonesia

    Under pressure from Islamists, local officials order halt to services in home.

    JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 5 (CDN) — Several Islamic organizations have pressed officials in a sub-district near Indonesia’s capital city to forbid Jakarta Christian Baptist Church to worship in a house, resulting in an order to cease services.

    The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the Betawi Forum Group, and political party Hizbut Tahrir have told officials in Sepatan sub-district, Tangerang district, near Jakarta that worship activities cannot be conducted in a residence. The house belongs to the Rev. Bedali Hulu.

    Both District Officer Ismet Iskandar and a sub-district officer support the closure and have ordered Hulu to use his home only as a residence, the pastor said. The sub-district officer, who goes by the single name of Rusdy, has sent a notice ordering an end to all worship at the house.

    “But they have not put forth a solution,” Hulu said. “For a long time we have suggested that we build a place of worship, but there has been no response from the local government.”

    On Sept. 27 a large crowd came to the house and demanded a stop to the Sunday worship service, Hulu said. Visibly frightened and anxious, the congregation hurried through the service.

    An Islamic throng also came to the house on Sept. 13, with hundreds barging in and forcing the congregation out, Hulu said. Worship did not take place that day.

    In another incident on the night of Sept. 19, unknown persons burned a vehicle belonging to the church. Hulu said the car was parked in front of his house. The next day Hulu reported the incident to police, who promised to catch the culprit, though at press time no one had been arrested.

    Security forces, however, were able to maintain peace the next day when a mob showed up at the house, Hulu said; worship took place free of incident.

    Church members feel terrorized by the mobs, the pastor said, but the nearest house of worship is several miles away, and many congregants do not have access to transportation. The Sepatan church has been serving worshippers, mostly day laborers, in Pisangan village since 2005.

    “In the beginning we approached religious and community leaders and asked for permission to worship,” Hulu said. “They had no objections.”

    Hulu established the church in June 2005 and held services in his home until December 2006 without objection from neighbors. He had obtained written permission from a local official to hold the services, and the church was registered with Religious Affairs authorities.

    When the church planned to hold a Christmas celebration in December 2006, however, FPI members began an extended intimidation campaign with the express goal of ending “illegal” Christian activity in the village.

    A Joint Ministerial Decree promulgated in 1969 and revised in 2006 requires a congregation of at least 90 adult members, the permission of at least 60 neighbors and a permit from local authorities to establish a place of worship. Church leaders say it is virtually impossible to obtain a permit under these terms.

    The Rev. Wilhelmus Latumahina, head of the Fellowship of Pentecostal Churches of Banten Province, said that for years different groups have requested permission to build places of worship in Sepatan sub-district, with no response from officials.

    He added that if the government closes a church, it is obligated to provide a solution.

    Hulu said he would like to negotiate a solution. The pastor said he has tried repeatedly to meet with Sub-district Officer Rusdy but has been told that the official was not in the office.
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    Indonesia ni nchi ya Kiislam, hivyo kufunga makanisa si jambo la ajabu sana kule.

    Anyway, poleni wakristo.
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    Siyo sahihi kufunga kanisa...kwa kuwa ni nchi ya kiislam "NOT PERMISABLE BY SHARIA LAW" kanisa ni uhuru wa mtu...
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    Hao waislamu ni wa kuwachoma moto na visu matakoni
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    Shetani tu na wafuasi wake na Malaika zake ndio peke yao wanaoweza kufanyaya kitu kama hicho, au kushabikia kitu kama hicho.
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    It is hard to imagine when allah becomes violent.
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    Inshallah mwenyezimungu atakuonyesha ukweli.mungu akusamehe hujui unenalo.punguza chuki za kidini.
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    Pagumu hapa, wadini wafunga makanisa na kuacha misikiti wazi.
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    The winners of a quiz organised by Somali Islamists have been given weapons and ammunition as prizes.
    Prizes included AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades and an anti-tank mine.
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    Kama unajua kuwa mwenyezi Mungu yupo mbona wanawazuia wengine kusali kwani kusali ni kulazimishana.Huyu Mwenyezi Mungu atamuonyesha nini kama mna nyanyasa watu wengine kwa kuwalazimisha kufata dini yenu kwa nguvu.Tuko Dunia nyingine wakati wa kikoloni ulishapita.
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    Siku hizi pale roma italy kuna misikiti kibao lkn hatujasikia hata kidogo ile misikiti inafungwa wala kubugudhiwa wewe kama unamwamini mungu kwa nini uchome sehemu ya kuabudu ya mwenzio? I doubt if you really serve the almight GOD WE ALL WORSHIP
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    Dini hii ni submission.

    Kulazimishana tu, ndio mambo ya allah hayo.