Saturday, August 20, 2011

Indonesia: no churchs built on streets with Islamic names

What about the churches which have been located on streets with Islamic names, are those churches to be torn down because they violate the sensibilities of the "religion of the perpetually insulted"?

The mayor of Bogor, Diani Budiarto is leading rhe charge to outlaw churches on Islamic streets, another sign of the creep of Islam as a whole society model is firmly entrenched and moving on schedule.

From The Jakarta Globe August 19 by Camelia Pasandaran 

Churches Can’t Be Built in Streets with Islamic Names: Bogor Mayor

Bogor’s controversial mayor says he has a new reason not to allow the GKI Yasmin church to open — the name of the street on which it is built has an Islamic name.
Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto — who continues to defy rulings from the Supreme Court and Ombudsman Commission to open the church — had told him that a church should not be built on a street with an Islamic name.
“[Diani] said that it is a fact that the street is named after a noted Islamic Ulama,” Gamawan said at the Vice Presidential Palace on Friday.
GKI Yasmin is located on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, an Islamic leader from Cianjur in West Java.
Local cleric Muhammad Mustofa, whose father is the street’s namesake, has previously stated that he has no objection to the church.
Mustofa, who said that Islam was a religion that promoted peace, said differences between religions were not new and similar problems had occurred since the time of Prophet Mohammad.
“Mecca is an example of pluralism during the prophet’s time. Every problem has its solution and hopefully the problem [surrounding the church] will be settled immediately,” he said.
Gamawan also indicated on Friday that he was siding with Diani in the dispute with the church.
“This is the political reality in the field and it could cause disturbances to security and peace,” Gamawan said. “It would not be healthy in the long run, even for the congregation members themselves. [Diani] told me that he has offered an alternative location with the same [dimensions].”
Gamawan said he would summon Diani next week to discuss possible solutions to the conflict.
“We need to mediate ... but we also need to maintain security and peace,” Gamawan said.
Veiled threat noted.
Church spokesman Bona Sigalingging said Diani’s reasoning was unacceptable given that a number of churches were built on streets with Islamic names and mosques were built on streets with Christian names.
Bona said the church would refuse to accept any offer of alternative premises.
Unfortunately that stance may get them injured or killed.

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1 comment:

A Christian Woman Who Has Lived Under Shariah said...

1. The condition of being multiple or plural.
2. A condition in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.
b. The belief that such a condition is desirable or socially beneficial.

"Mecca is an example of pluralism..."

Since non Muslims are not allowed to even enter the cities of Mecca or Medina, "pluralism" hardly describes Islam.
If Rome was designated as a "Catholic Only" entity, or Westminster Abbey was designated as an "Anglican Only" Church, I wonder if people would be as forgiving of Christianity as they are of Islamic hegemony?