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 .
Indonesian mayor blocks roads to church ...

Email:

Indonesian mayor blocks roads to church to stop service

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Indonesian mayor blocks roads to church to stop service

Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia

An under-fire mayor has carried out his threat to block all access roads to an Indonesian church in his latest effort to prevent the congregation from holding services.

The congregation of Yasmin Church (KGI) in Bogor were forced to meet in one of the member’s homes on Sunday (13 November) after they were denied access to their site by security forces and Muslim extremists.

Bogor-West-Java_4X3.jpg
A street scene from Bogor,
West Java, Indonesia
CC BY-NC 2.0 / Kent Kanouse

The church has been holding services on the street in front of its half-constructed church since its building permit was revoked in 2008. Bogor city chiefs, spearheaded by Mayor Diani Budiarto, have refused to comply with a Supreme Court order issued in December 2010 that the church be reopened.

On 9 October, the mayor sent security forces against the congregation after they gathered for their regular outdoor Sunday service. He warned the Christians that he would deny them access to the streets around the building to prevent them from meeting.

The church is also facing opposition from the Muslim Indonesia Communications Forum, whose extremist leader has claimed that KGI leaders falsified the signatures by residents on the application for its church building construction permit. This has been strongly denied by the church.

Mayor under fire

Mayor Budiarto is coming under mounting pressure over his refusal to uphold the court’s ruling in favour of the church. The nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP) has withdrawn its support from his administration and has not ruled out a vote of no confidence against him in the local legislative body.

Hamka Haw, head of the PDIP’s Religious Affairs Commission, said that Mayor Budiarto had violated the constitution and abused the rights of the members of the Yasmin Church, who had won their case in court and had a permit to practise their faith.

The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation has also intervened on behalf of the embattled church. Its president, Todung Mulya Lubis, has written to the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asking him to enforce the law.

He wrote:

Mr President, you are the last hope for the Yasmin Church to see its rights respected.

Muslim professor Azyumardi Azra, dean of the Ciputat State Islamic University (South Tangerang), has condemned the "inertia" of the government in pursuing the Mayor of Bogor, who, he says, should be put on trial over his treatment of the church.

Help us: Share this article

Email:

Indonesian mayor blocks roads to church to stop service

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

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

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • Pray for the friends and family of Beatrice Mukashaka, an 18-year-old Christian woman, who was hacked to death in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda. A group of around 20 Christians had gathered at the church in Kyegegwa district for their regular Friday night prayer session when armed Muslims burst into the building at around 2am. Please pray for all who mourn for Beatrice and that the assailants will be brought to justice. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 22 hours ago

    • Churches in Christian-majority Burundi are facing the unfamiliar situation of political restriction by their own government because of a new law passed in August that requires each church to have at least 500 members and a proper building. Congregations have a year in which to comply with the new regulations. Although intended to reduce some scandalous practices, the law is strangely reminiscent of the strict regimes of Central Asia. Pray that religious liberty will be maintained in Burundi, both for Christians and for the small minorities who follow other religions. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Pray for eight Cameroonian missionaries who have been harshly reminded of the cost of sharing the Gospel in their country during a training seminar to equip them for ministry. Barnabas had helped to fund a series of seminars, and on the final day of the last seminar they heard that Jean-Marcel Kesvere, another Cameroonian missionary, who had been planning to attend the seminar with his wife, had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and that his body had been found earlier that day. Give thanks for the response of the missionaries, who expressed their willingness to suffer similarly for Christ, and pray that their work will bear much fruit (John 12:24). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Please pray for Christians in northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram is terrorising people, especially Christians and security forces, just as in neighbouring Nigeria. The Islamist militants openly declare themselves to be Boko Haram, and issue threats by letter, including to pastors telling them they must leave. Two pastors were killed in the village of Assigashia on the night of 25-26 August, hich has caused great distress and consternation. The Cameroonian Christians ask for prayer that God will bring peace and security, that the kidnapped will be released, that believers will stand firm despite being targeted, that God will comfort the traumatised, and that church leaders will know how to prepare their people for persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 00:00

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