Indonesian Christians’ Plight Escalates

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Bags of urine hurled by a mob of 600 Muslims at Christians attempting to attend church service is the latest in a series of disgusting acts of degradation and violence perpetrated by Indonesia’s growing Islamist movement.

The Muslim mob was led by members of Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a militant Islamist group that has been directly involved in 34 of the 54 documented acts of violence and destruction against Christians and Church property since 2012.

In an increasingly violent campaign launched against Indonesia’s religious minorities, the 30,000-strong FPI spearheads a growing cadre of militant Islamist groups whose ranks include the Islamic Defenders Legion (LPI), an FPI affiliate; the Indonesian Mujahideen Council (MMI); and Kokam, the youth wing of Muhammadiyah.

The victims of the latest Islamist assault — which also included a barrage of rotten eggs, ditchwater and stones — were over 100 congregants of the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) in the city of Bekasi, located outside the capital of Jakarta.

It should be noted that the “church” at which the HKBP congregants were headed to pray when attacked is in actuality an empty parking lot, a venue of worship necessitated by the local Bekasi government’s refusal since 2009 to allow HKBP members to build and occupy an actual church.

Yet, despite a ruling in July 2011 by Indonesia’s Supreme Court to overturn the Bekasi government’s action, local authorities have refused to carry out the court’s rulings, instead relying on Islamist-led mobs to enforce its dictates.

Building houses of worship in Indonesia, unfortunately, has become increasingly problematic given the enactment of a 2006 Indonesian ministerial decree that tightened criteria for building churches. While ostensibly intended for “maintaining religious harmony,” in practice the decree is only enforced on religious minorities.

That enforcement comes either in the form of Islamist pressure on local officials to not authorize the construction of Christian churches or, failing that, mob harassment of Christian worshippers, pressure which has led to the closure of more than 400 Christian churches.

So, given all that, it wasn’t too surprising that Bekasi police reportedly looked the other way when the urine-toting Islamist mob, which included the chairman of the Bekasi chapter of the FPI, launched its recent assault on the HKBP worshippers.

Unfortunately, Islamist violence is being abetted with a wink-and-nod by the Indonesian government, led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who despite his public appeals for tolerance has been reluctant to expend political capital to rein in the Islamists.

For example, like the HKBP, the Gereja Kristen Indonesia Church (GKI-Yasmin Church) in nearby Bogor, has also been denied permission to meet for worship on its property, despite a similarly favorable Supreme Court ruling upholding its legality. Yet, in both cases, Yudhoyono has claimed he has no authority to intervene.

Yudhoyono’s reluctance to uphold Indonesian law may stem in part because his Democratic Party rules a coalition government that includes a number of hard line Islamist political parties, such as the Islamic-based United Development Party (PPP) and the Nation Awakening Party (PKB).

As one Indonesian Human Rights official said, “Senior government officials have shown quite openly that they protect groups like the Islamic Defenders Front. They’re very powerful, they’re very influential, and people don’t really want to be seen as working against them.”

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  • Chezwick

    Indonesia is – in this respect – a microcosm of the entire Muslim world. Religious minorities are under siege in all four corners of Darul Islam. It's truly ugly everywhere one looks….and it's just getting worse. We're watching the Islamic world finally cast off the last vestiges of the secular hangover they inherited from their colonial masters.

    Muslims are re-discovering their religious identity, not just in theory but in practice….and as the theological particulars of Islam become openly manifest, non-Muslims are suffering the transition from decades of quasi-dhimmitude to the full-blown version (Sharia). It is a tragedy for these people…and it is our moral obligation to give refuge to all the Christians, Jews, Bahais and others fleeing religious persecution in the Muslim world. They will become an invaluable resource in the war for civilization, using their first-hand experience with Islamic intolerance to help educate hapless Westerners who continue to be blinded by the multicultural fog.

    • WTG

      Very well said!

  • ross1948

    You could have mentioned the Catholic Grotto Cave near Jogjakarta, and the move by the IslamoNazi FPI to form a new storm-troop group in Aceh, to suppress Christian churches they deem illegal.

    When I came to Jakarta 13 years ago, I'd never given much thought to islam, but it's been an eye-opener.
    Hence our expat blog to alert the rest of you.

    That's a good example of what goes on, a leading 'moderate' blaming the Bogor Christians for their own persecution.,

    • Chezwick

      Thanks for the birds-eye view.

  • Gene

    The anti-Judeo-Christian Koran hates, and attempts distruction of, everything that God loves and established. That is why our one-world leaders and many of our administration can co-exist with them, they serve the same 'anti-God'

  • Bamaguje

    And Indonesia is supposed to be a "moderate" Muslim country.

  • Looking4Sanity

    One can not help but pity these poor Islamist cretins. One day very soon, God is going to pour out the full cup of His Wrath directly on their collective head and then pass Final Judgement upon each of them. On that day there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • AntiSharia

    The problem in Indonesia isn't the same problem as say Iran. In the latter persecution is directed by the state. Indonesia's government doesn't order persecution. It just doesn't have the ability to stop it. The parliament, the courts, and the President can issue all the rulings and laws they want. It won't work. Islamists don't recognize the government in Jakarta as being legitimate as it is not governed wholly by Sharia law. The government is too weak, and naive, to take out these terrorists. Who do they think they will turn their rage to next once they've dealt with the Christians and the Hindus?

  • H&R_ Barack

    Islam is not a "religion of peace" despite desperate insistence by President Barack HOODIE Obama (D).

    Muslims, by belief and practice, are the most blatant violators of human rights.

    ~ Whirrled Peas, KFC and Couscous?

  • RUI

    "America and Indonesia share the same values".
    What was that, "mr" President?

  • Stuart Parsons

    Does not the dear old Glorious and Most Holy Quran say 'Muslims are hard against non-Muslims and compassionate to each other.' 48:29. Don't blame the Muslims, blame Allah and his Prophet and Messenger.

  • Linda Rivera

    Chezwick, it is very sad to say that America and other Western nations ignore the terrible suffering of Christians, Hindus and other severely persecuted non-Muslims and instead are importing massive numbers of Muslims who bring their supremacist, totalitarian political-religious beliefs with them into our countries. God help the Christians!

    • Chezwick

      Amen, Linda.


      The US is not as sick as the United Kingdom.

      Socialism and its puppet Islamism have just about destroyed the UK.

      For example Islamofascists cursed and spit on returning British troops in Luton.

      When pro-British demonstrators began to mass to oppose the Islamofascists, British police arrrested the COUNTER protesters.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Cursade against Islamists seems to be in order in Indonesia and anywhere Islamist terrorism
    shows itself. Does it not occur to the Christians or say non-Islamists that they must defend
    themselves and their families, self defence is what is in order here. The Indonesian military
    has been murdering innocet villagers for years but no outcry from the UN or American
    State Dept………..a world wide purge of Islam is going to be the end result when Islam pushes
    up against people that will not take their crap. The World descends into vile murder and mayhem
    and so called civilized Nations sit back and help the killers by action and inaction………..William

  • Ronald Johnston

    Islam is not a religion!!! It is an ideology!!!! Starting with mohammad, they are just bloodthirsty barbarians bent on killing anybody who doesn't follow their ideology!!! The silence from the so-called good muslims is deafening!!!!

  • angel

    for my two year stay in bandung, it seems completely hopeless for the government don’t have sharp fangs to eradicate such violence made by their fellow muslims.. please pray for non-muslims in indonesia.