Islamic pressure closing churches in Indonesia
Catholic bishops have finally taken steps to call attention to the rising hostility against Christians in Indonesia in response to the wide-scale campaign to close down churches across the region.
12/20/07 Indonesia (CWNews.com) Bishop Martinus Situmorang of Padang, the president of the country’s episcopal conference, is the co-author of a new report on the campaign by Muslim activists to close down Christian churches. The report shows that from 2004 through 2007, 108 churches have been closed because of Islamic pressure.
The report notes that Indonesia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion and challenged the government to honor that promise, protecting the Christian minority from Muslim extremists.