Monday, December 26, 2011

Christians in Indonesia force Muslims out of their mosque and into a house to pray....wait, what?

Just turn it around and there you go. More tolerance and bridge-building from the religion of the perpetually insulted.

From The Jakarta Globe December 26 by Vento Saudale

Embattled Indonesian Church Forced to Celebrate Christmas in Private Home

Bogor. The congregation of the embattled GKI Yasmin church in Bogor was forced to move its Christmas prayers to a member’s house after Islamic groups assembled at the disputed site and threatened to challenge the sermon on Sunday. 

The service was slated to start at 9 a.m. in the sealed church on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, but the congregants went elsewhere after members of the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami), the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) and the Bogor Muslim Community (KMB) objected to that plan. 

The opposition protestors came to the church in the morning and shouted to guarding police officers and members of the public order agency (Satpol PP) to expel the congregation. 

“On December 23, they were given a letter stating that they are banned from holding a prayer here. The letter clearly mentioned they can’t hold the service,” Forkami head Ahmad Iman said. 

Garis head Majudien threatened to deploy his members to the location in a mass Muslim gathering known as tabligh akbar should the Yasmin congregation insist on holding the service there. 

Police blocked the roads around the church and diverted traffic to other roads for security reasons. 

The modest Christmas service was attended by Lily Wahid and Inayah Wahid, sister and daughter of the late president Abdurrahman Wahid, as well as representatives from GP Ansor, the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Muslim group Nahdlatul Ulama, and the Asian Muslim Action Network. 

A number of veiled female Muslims were seen at the scene distributing flowers to express support for religious freedom. 

Inayah said the groups who continued to pressure the Yasmin congregation didn’t represent the true spirit of Islam, saying that the Prophet Mohammed himself lived in harmony, side by side with Christians and Jews in Medina.

 Yes, Jews and Christians lived in Medina after Muhammad conquered it.  They lived as dhimmi's, second class citizens paying the jizya and fearing that at any time their life can be revoked, at the whim of a Muslim.  That is harmony.  That is Islam.

“Now the diversity of Indonesia can be seen at this small house,” Inayah said.

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