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The church has been holding services on the street in front of its half-constructed church since its building permit was revoked in 2008.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 The nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDIP) has withdrawn its support from his administration and has not ruled out a vote of no confidence against him in the local legislative body.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
    • 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 11 hours ago

    • “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

    • Heavenly Father, we pray to You for our Christian brothers and sisters in north-eastern Nigeria, who are so vulnerable in the face of attacks by Boko Haram militants. We remember especially those who used to live in Madagali, in Adamawa state, until their town was seized by Boko Haram two months ago. We think of those who were betrayed into the hands of Boko Haram by their neighbours pointing out Christian homes or places where Christians had hidden. We bring before You those who saw their menfolk beheaded, and women forcibly converted to Islam. We cry out to You to intervene and bring an end to the murderous attacks by Boko Haram. We pray for all the thousands of Nigerian Christians who have suffered in similar attacks that they will not lose hope or faith in You, but will know Your peace which passes understanding. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Pray for a pastor in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania whose home was attacked on 17 May; two of his children were injured. When he went to report the incident to the police, he was falsely accused of raping a young woman who had left Islam to follow Christ. The pastor had taken her into his home, along with four other converts, after she was thrown out by her family; it was they who made the accusation against him. He has faced much opposition because of his fruitful outreach to Muslims, and several failed attempts have been made to frame him with false accusations. Pray that the sovereign Lord will help him and that he will not be disgraced (Isaiah 50:7-9). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Oct 2014 00:00

    • A church on Mafia Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago, was attacked on 9 May by around 80 young Muslim men armed with arrows and knives. The church members, who are mainly converts from Islam, had gathered for their weekly overnight prayer session when the attackers appeared, shouting “death to ritad’i” (those who leave Islam). They set fi re to the church, leaving the interior in ruins, and then went in search of the pastor, but he was not at home. The incident followed a bomb blast at another church in Mwanza in mainland Tanzania on 5 May, in which a worker at the church rest house was critically injured. Pray that the authorities will effectively address the increasing incidence of attacks against churches. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Oct 2014 00:00

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