Two Churches “Sealed” In Bogor

Apr 23rd, 2006, in News, by

More moderate Islam in Bogor, near Jakarta. Two churches, that apparently did not have their paperwork in order, were "sealed" by nearby Muslim residents.

Reports have it that some local Muslims objected, out of bigotry, to one house and one shop being used regularly by a Protestant congregation. Residents descended first on the house in the Griya Bukit Jaya housing estate.

We are concerned about religious deviation if they do not use a church for the purpose.
(Kami khawatir ada penyimpangan agama jika mereka melaksanakan bukan di gereja.)

Said Wardi, who led the closing of the church. He added that if they worshipped in a registered church building he had no objection.

A number of worshippers were in tears as they were confronted by the mob, and one among them said:

In this area we don't have a proper church. To that end we ask for tolerance so that we can be given a place.
(Di Gunung Putri, kami belum memiliki tempat ibadah. Untuk itu, kami meminta toleransi agar diberikan tempat.)

After sealing the entrance to the house/church the mob proceeded to a nearby shop building which they suspected of also being used by Christians. At this location more resistance was put up and an angry war of words broke out between the owner, one Yosef, and the mob-rule crowd. Yosef attempted to prevent the demonstrators from entering the place but was finally overcome, the building was also sealed and Yosef was chased away.

This is the second event of this nature in Bogor in recent months, the other here.


6 Comments on “Two Churches “Sealed” In Bogor”

  1. avatar Victoria says:

    This is so sad. Persecution is alive and well today. I pray God strengthen the Christians there to withstand this assault. I am so glad I live in America where worship is tolerated so much better and we have the freedom to congregate where we wish.

    God bless you all in Indonisia.

  2. avatar Rockstar says:

    I agree.
    I think worship is not just tolerated better.. it’s just way so 100000 times much better. I saw American church and mosque were built side by side without any wall that seperated them. I saw a church bought by a Moslem to be turned into a mosque.

  3. avatar Rockstar says:

    Well come to think of it, I think we have to follow the law.
    As long as they didn’t have the permit, they should had not done anything against the law. I believe that is also tought in the bible. The only issue that I see here is that.. are they fair enough and treat Christian and Moslem equally in any possible way, including building a place to worship, religious activities.

    It’s easy for them to say they didn’t mind, yes of course they don’t mind because I doubt the permit would be granted in instance or maybe not even be granted at all.

  4. avatar maria julia says:

    After sealing the entrance to the house/church the mob proceeded to a nearby shop building which they suspected of also being used by Christians. At this location more resistance was put up and an angry war of words broke out between the owner, one Yosef, and the mob-rule crowd. Yosef attempted to prevent the demonstrators from entering the place but was finally overcome, the building was also sealed and Yosef was chased away.

    This is soooooo sad. When my family lived in Bogor, it was called Buitenzorg. I think God must be weeping over his children. It was right to change the name of the city if it is no longer buiten zorg.

  5. avatar Violet says:

    I bet that many mosques and mushollas don’t own a proper paperwork either, but it seems like nobody had objection about it. So why should they mind about churches with no proper paperwork???? That’s so unfair. And what does the police done about it, nothing. Sad Huh…

  6. avatar raden says:

    how about minority christian in Indonesia closing down mosques without appropriate license document ? you knew the answer is one and the only one : mass ‘AMOK’, yes it is the only word in bahasa indonesia without translation word in other civilized languages.

    AMOK = you can vandalize other minority’ belonging & physically abuse the minorities without fearing for prosecution to justice, you are above the law !. Especially when you performed amok in Indonesia jurisdiction in the name of Allah’s muslim (islam). Oh yes, it is very true … the Indonesian style

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