Friday, October 19, 2012

Indonesia Shuts Down Nine Churches And Six Buddhist Temples Under Islamist Pressure In Sharia-Governed Banda Aceh…

Via Don

Remember the days when the media always referred to Indonesia as a “moderate” Muslim country? Those were good times.

 Authorities in Banda Aceh, capital of the Aceh Special Territory, ordered the closure of nine Christian home churches and six Buddhist prayer houses for alleged irregularities in their building permit. According to Deputy Mayor Hajjah Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, the buildings were illegal because they lacked the right permit. Under the law, private homes cannot be used “for religious ceremonies or functions.”

“Aceh is a special territory that enforces Sharia,” she said and home churches violate the law because they lack the appropriate building permit (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan in Indonesian).

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