Xmas On Street For Victims of Indonesia’s Islamists
Even a God-awful newspaper can sometimes do something good.
That was my reaction when I saw that the Jakarta Post had reported on the Sunday service opposite President Jokowi’s Palace downtown, held by two congregations that have suffered and are still suffering persecution by the nastiest Islamist bigots in the land.
Churches hold public service as reminder of their struggle
Mind you, as far as I know, these oppressed Christians hold such protest services every second Sunday, so while the JP’s interest is welcome, it’s a pity they don’t report on the shameful state of affairs on a twice-monthly basis.
That report at the top of our page was published way back, several months ago. The oppressed Christians were there again today – I was in town but saw no sign of them, only to get home at 1.30pm and see on the internet that they planned a 2pm kick-off.
The churches concerned, GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia, are denied access to their places of worship by a combination of brutal fanatic gangs and local governments which either lack the guts to stand up for religious liberty or are in cahoots with the vilest jihadist elements.
That report concerns Bekasi, one such local authority, but another, Bogor, also in West Java, right next door to Jakarta, has recently shown its continuing contempt for civil and religious liberty…
…and its mayor, once described, in all seriousness, as a ‘moderate’ Muslim, has shown himself every bit as coldly indifferent to the rights of these poor Christians as his avowedly Islamist predecessor who kicked off their oppression years ago.
As for the other church, HKBP in Tambun, our reports on what they’ve had to go through in recent years are horrific to read.
Nor was that the only occasion these peaceful Protestants faced that sort of stinking barrage from a stinking rabble!
- But while IslamoNazi thugs and benighted local local bigwigs are deplorable, what’s most distressing, perhaps, is the national government’s failure to enforce the law – in GKI Yasmin’s case, a ruling from the highest court in the archipelago.
- President SBY’s indifference to their plight was perhaps unsurprising, but I’m sure everyone who voted for Jokowi believed he was genuinely committed to the religious pluralism which was bequeathed to Indonesia by the nation’s founding fathers.
- Alas, as the JP report reminds us, he has not ordered the police to take the side of justice, instead of, at best, choosing to act as an umpire between the persecuted and their persecutors – and that’s at best; in Bekasi, the cops have shown shocking attitudes…
- Cops Stop West Java Worship, Appease Islamist Louts Christians Abused by Islamist Mob, Cops Fail to Enforce the Law ‘Off With His Head!’ – Jakarta Cops – No Sweat on Murder Threat!
- …and after the recent outbreaks of Islamist evil in other parts of the archipelago –Tanjung Balai’s Burning Temples – A History of Bigotry! – a lot of people must be wondering what, if any, steps the President is planning to take to redeem Indonesia’s reputation.
- The very least he could have done today was walk across the street from his Palace and take the seat always reserved for him by these heroic congregants.