Acts of intolerance continue in Indonesia as an open-air prayer service was canceled following the pressure from Muslim hardliners. Forum Ukhuwah Islamiyah (FUI) strictly opposed the open-air prayer service as they believe that it would be used to convert Muslims to Christianity. In Indonesia, the government is not taking any steps to protect Christians and other religious minorities. Moreover, the government is often pressured to follow Islamic ideals.
10/24/2017 Malaysia (UCA News) – Organizers of an open-air prayer service in Indonesia to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation were forced to cancel the event following pressure from Muslim hardliners who accused them of plotting plot to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Observers said the case was another example of growing intolerance in the country.
The service was to be held on Oct. 20 at the Kridosono football stadium in Yogyakarta and to be led by Stephen Tong, head of the Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia, whose members are mainly Indonesian Chinese.
However, the event was scrapped after the Forum Ukhuwah Islamiyah (FUI), an arm of the Indonesian Ulema Council, wrote to stadium officials calling on them not to allow the gathering, saying it was an attempt to Christianize Muslims.