» 12/21/2012, 00.00
Islamists against Catholics in Central Java, Christmas celebrations in jeopardy
Islamic Defence Front leaders threaten to stop celebrations. A big prayer meeting is planned for Christmas Eve. Islamist reaction is due to a planned Mass in a square across from a mosque. Police and local authorities say Christian celebrations have all the right permits, warn they would use all means at their disposal, including force to stop the extremists.
Indonesian Christians say no to Christmas protection by Muslim radicals
In league with Indonesia’s police chief, Islamic Defender Front leader Risieq Shihab promises to protect Christians but only if their communities are authorised. Catholics and Protestants reject the offer because it would curtail religious freedom and negatively affect relations between Christians and local authorities, who alone have the right to provide security to churches.
Azahari was preparing Christmas terrorist attacks against churches
About 30 home-made explosive devices found in the hideout used by the group linked to Jemaah Islamiyah. Azahari's death is confirmed.
Sulawesi: Protestant Church attacked in Poso
On Saturday night, a bomb created panic among residents. No one was injured; the only result of the attack was fear. Local people say extremists "want to re-ignite inter-religious hatred".
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Islamists stop construction of shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary near Yogyakarta
Catholic leader and shrine promoter Cahyo Binuko receives threats and is the victim of intimidation. Local authorities issued a building permit months ago, but local extremists have tried to stop the construction, accusing Catholics of playing games with local residents’ minds. Now they are putting pressures on the authorities to withdraw the building permit.
Former Indonesian President defends a Catholic church
Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (aka Gus Dur) is a moderate Muslim leader who says that religious freedom must be guaranteed for Catholics or he will take their case to court. Some 500 attacks have been reported in the country in the last 14 years.
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