Acts of violence and
intolerance against Christians in Indonesia almost doubled in 2011, with
an Islamist campaign to close down churches symbolizing the plight of
the religious minority.
Compass Direct News
(CDN) says the Indonesian Protestant Church Union, locally known as PGI,
counted 54 acts of violence and other violations against Christians in
2011, up from 30 in 2010.
The number of such
incidents against religious minorities in general also grew, from 198 in
2010 to 276 in 2011, but the worst is perhaps yet to come if
authorities continue to overlook the threat of extremism, said a
representative from the Jakarta-based Wahid Institute, a Muslim
organization that promotes tolerance.
CDN reports that
Rumadi, who goes by a single name, said his Wahid Institute also
observed an attempt to institutionalize intolerance; at least 36
regulations to ban religious practices deemed deviant from Islam were
drafted or implemented in the country in 2011.
to the report, Indonesia’s hot-bed of extremism is West Java, the most
populous province that includes the nation’s capital city of Jakarta.
This province alone witnessed 160 incidents against religious
Source: Michael Ireland, Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service