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Religious intolerance rising among Indonesian Muslims
About 57.8 per cent of Muslims oppose the construction of churches or other non-Muslim place of worship. Only 27.6 per cent accept that non-Muslim teachers teach Muslims. The absence of government policy and unrestrained schools and teachers are among the causes of the rising fundamentalism.
West Java: Muslim extremists continue to attack churches
A crowd of fundamentalists attacked a church near Bandung. They were stopped by police but threatened to return. A new decree on the construction of places of worship does not seem to have improved the difficult plight of Christians.
Indonesian Christians sceptical about new decree on places of worship
The revision of controversial decree regulating building places of worship is completed. Christians react as Muslim leaders express their support.
Places of worship decrees violate minority rights, say religious leaders
Religious and political leaders call for changes to new decrees ; they tell AsiaNews that the new regulations are absurd, invasive red tape and unconstitutional.
Yangon, dictatorship closes Christian and Muslim houses of prayer
The military regime orders a halt to services and prayers in private buildings and homes. Those who do not follow the new dispositions will have the building confiscated, and will face "serious action." For some time, the junta has not been granting permits for the construction of places of worship.
Indonesian authorities tear down three churches in Bekasi
Disregarding an agreement reached with Christian religious leaders, Indonesian officials demolish three Protestant churches, which had been previously forced to suspend their Sunday functions. Christians complain about what they view as a “discriminatory act against us.”
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