Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Bumper sticker prompts another Islamist ...

Sorry! To avoid abuse there is a daily maximum limit of 20 emails per user.

Bumper sticker prompts another Islamist attack on Indonesian church

Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia

A sticker on the back of a church member’s car prompted another Islamist attack on a beleaguered Indonesian church, forcing its New Year’s Eve gathering to disband.

Scores of Muslims from the hard-line Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) descended on GKI Yasmin Church in Bogor; they terrorised the congregation and attacked several church members.

The incident was prompted by a bumper sticker on a church member’s car; it said, “We need a friendly Islam, not an angry Islam”. Garis chairman Majudien, who chased after the vehicle, said that the sticker was “a provocative action” against the Muslims of Bogor.

The congregation was forced to disperse and move the service to the home of one of the members.

The sticker was from the family of former president Abdurrahman Wahid

GKI spokesman Bona Sigalingging said that the sticker was a souvenir distributed by the family of the late former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid during a commemoration of his death the previous week. Mr Wahid, a Muslim cleric, was the spiritual leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest moderate Islamic organisation. He campaigned against Islamist extremists and promoted religious freedom, constantly speaking out for persecuted minorities.

GKI Yasmin has been coming under mounting pressure from the Bogor authorities and militant Islamists. The church’s half-constructed building has been illegally sealed off by city chiefs since 2008, forcing the congregation to hold services on the street. Various ploys have been used in a bid to prevent the church from gathering publicly, and the congregation has faced repeated protests by Islamists.

But it received support at Christmas from Banser, a Muslim paramilitary group attached to Nahdlatul Ulama. Following rumours that radical Islamists would break up the church’s Christmas celebrations, Banser provided protection for the congregation.

They had been blocked from their site by hundreds of police officers and other officials so moved the service to a member’s home, where dozens of Banser stood guard.

Members of the Muslim group also provided protection to churches in Solo, Central Java.

Help us: Share this article

Sorry! To avoid abuse there is a daily maximum limit of 20 emails per user.

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas


receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • In an earlier incident in Saisomboon village, three teenage Christian girls were disqualified from taking their final school examinations because of their faith. The village chief said that in following Christianity, Noi (15), Net (15) and Nut (14) had forfeited their right to education. Five families from the village have now converted to Christianity. A spokesman for Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom expressed the view that the authorities were trying to find every possible way “to stop the spread of Christian religious freedom in the area”. Pray that the girls will be allowed to complete their education and that opposition to the Christians in the village will cease. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 23 hours ago

    • Five Christians have been charged with murder in Laos after a sick woman sought prayer at her local church, converted to Christianity and later died. Mrs Chan, from Saisomboon village in Savannakhet province, had been ill for two years when she approached the church. Her health improved for a short time, and she and her eight grown-up children came to faith in Christ. The sons and daughters wanted a Christian burial ceremony, but the authorities forbade this unless they renounced their faith, which they refused to do. When Christians in the area protested, five were arrested and subsequently charged with Mrs Chan’s murder. Pray that the God of justice will have compassion on His people (Isaiah 30:18) and ensure their acquittal from this false accusation. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Aug 2014 00:00

    • A Christian from Loynam village in the Savannakhet province of Laos was arrested on the morning of 29 May and tied to a post before being imprisoned. Two weeks earlier, police and village security officers had gone to Mr Sort’s home and threatened him with eviction from the village and confiscation of all his property if he did not give up his faith. He refused, despite repeated attempts to coerce him. The village chief then seized around £300 of Mr Sort’s money. Give thanks that our brother, who has been a Christian for less than two years, has stood firm in his faith, and ask the Lord to renew his courage and strength (1 Corinthians 16:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Iraqi Christians are losing even previously safe havens under the relentless assault of ISIS. On 25 June, the militant group attacked the historic Christian town of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, driving its mainly Christian population of around 40,000 to flee. Many Christians from Mosul had gone there after the fall of their own city earlier in the month. Kurdish forces were able to repel ISIS from the town, allowing some people to return to their homes for the time being, but their security remains extremely precarious. Pray that the ISIS advance will be stopped and that the Iraqi security forces will be able to regain the captured territory. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Heavenly Father, we cry out to You for the Christians left in Mosul, mostly elderly and sick, as they now face the threat of sharia penalties introduced by ISIS: the amputation of limbs for thieves, crucifixion for criminals and the death penalty for apostasy. We pray that You will protect them from the brutality of the militants. We pray for peace and healing for those who have already been threatened or attacked, and for the safe return of those who have been kidnapped. We pray too for those struggling to pay the humiliating jizya tax that the militants have imposed. We ask that the attempt to restore a united Islamic state under one ruler in the cross-border territory controlled by ISIS will come to nothing. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Aug 2014 00:00

    © Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
    Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks