Interfaith outreach in Indonesia: “Islamic Defenders Front” Attacks Church During Prayer Service

INDONESIA_-_immagine_chiesa_protestanteokThe attack was sparked by false accusations of promoting religious activities in a building without permission — and the rage over that stems ultimately from the Sharia prohibition on Christians building new churches.

“North Sumatra: Hundreds of Islamists attack Protestant community during prayer service,” by Mathias Hariyadi for Asia News, December 2 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A group of extremists belonging to the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and disrupted the Sunday services of the Tandemn Huria Kristen Batak Protestant ( Hkbp ) community in the city of Binjai, the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Hundreds of faithful of the local Christian community had to abandon their church – official and recognized – and close traditional weekend services early because of the threats made by the fundamentalists. The faithful returned to their homes, escorted by police in riot gear.

Eyewitnesses reported that the assault yesterday morning against the Protestant Christian community was led by hundreds of …

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