As the political climate heats up in Indonesia, Christians there are also feeling the heat of increased persecution.
International Christian Concern (ICC) cites an incident earlier this month in which a mob protested the convening of a house church. There were complaints that the church was operating illegally because it did not have a permit, but as ICC’s Gina Goh explains, it is extremely difficult for non-Muslim places of worship to obtain permits to operate as a church.
“Sometimes you need to actually get approval from the neighborhood, and sometimes its requiring dozens of signatures from your Muslim neighborhoods,” Goh tells OneNewsNow. “A lot of the Muslim neighbors, they actually have hostilities towards Christians, so of course if you ask them to sign, they are not going to sign.”
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SOURCE: One News Now, Bill Bumpas