Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Indonesia: President doesn't want to show Obama /world how bigoted he and his countryman are - with 300 church closures in a few short years - he still blames Christians
So they wanted to continue worshipping in the same church they had done so in for years, but it was closed due to Muslim objections ~ and the congregation was forced outside ~ for months ~ so this resulted in the locals attacking them ~ while they worshipped ~ according to Indonesia's president.
They have been outside for months. There is another church in the same area where they were forced outside ~ because Muslims objected to them finishing their authorised construction.
Follow HKBP church or series of churches here!
Jakarta, 15 Sept. (AKI/Jakarta Post) - Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono broke his silence on Tuesday and spoke out against Sunday’s violent attacks against two Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) church figures in Bekasi, West Java.
The president said he was concerned with the violent acts, which fell upon Hasian Sihombing and Rev. Luspida Simanjuntak.
“Why am I being unhappy? Because (it took place) when we strive to continuously maintain harmony and good relations among religious followers and when we try to prevent any violent acts in the community,” Yudhoyono said after receiving coordinating minister for politics, legal and security affairs Djoko Suyanto, national police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri and secretary general of religious affairs Ministry Bahrul Hayat.
At the press meeting the president explained about the real problem in connection with the attacks as reported by Djoko and Bambang Hendarso.
“In broad outline, as reported to me this morning, there was a problem with the place of worship for the HKBP church followers. For the house which has been used as a place of worship for the last 19 years, local residents have given a kind of tolerance even though they think the housing complex is not the place of worship,” Yudhoyono said as quoted by kompas.com.
“For 19 years there have not been any problems. But when the number of the church followers is growing with more intense ritual activities, the residents think it would be better to search for other places to do so. Up to this point, actually there wasn’t any problem. A thorough solution was sought,” the president said.
“The solution, however, was not easy to get so that the local administration took a number of steps to settle the problem, even though no appropriate solution was taken. At the central government’s level, there has actually held integrated meetings in search for the above-mentioned solution,” he said.
“When the solution had not been reached, the was a tension. HKBP church followers in the area preferred to do religious rituals in a certain place. This also sparked tension. It ended with the Sunday’s violent incident,” the President said.
The president further said that he already asked Bekasi city administration, Bekasi regent, Communion of Churches in Indonesia and religious figures to jointly take further steps.
Posted by Cole at 2:05 PM