(Gleanings) Embattled Indonesian Church Must Relocate Despite Supreme Court Support

A West Java church which has become emblematic of record-breaking religious intolerance in Indonesia will now be relocated by the Indonesian government.

Taman Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church (GKI Yasmin) legally acquired permission to build a church in Bogor in 2006 but has been shuttered for years due to opposition from neighboring Muslim extremists. The Constitutional Court, the archipelago’s equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in 2011 that the church be allowed to occupy its building. The mayor of Bogor refused to comply.

The government’s recent decision came after a closed-door meeting between the Indonesian Minister of Internal Affairs and Bogor city leaders excluded GKI Yasmin church representatives but did include representatives from a local Muslim extremist group. According to ministry spokesman Reydonnyzar Moenek, the government is preparing replacement land for the church.

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One comment on “(Gleanings) Embattled Indonesian Church Must Relocate Despite Supreme Court Support

  1. MichaelA says:

    I don’t know if its true, but have heard that numbers of Christians in Indonesia have been increasing dramatically, and therefore Muslim leaders are getting a bit nervous.