I couldn't help but notice this little gem of a statement from Obama in the above article:
- "But we also know that relations between the United States and Muslim communities have frayed over many years. As president, I have made it a priority to begin to repair these relations."
The thought also came to me that perhaps Obama meant that the US is not a war with Islam; but Islam is at war with the entire world. That sounds more like the real truth of the matter.
Even the far left, government controlled BBC reported on muslim mobs attacking Christians in Indonesia.
- At least 12 people have been killed by a Muslim mob which attacked a Christian village in theMoluccan islands in eastern Indonesia. More at above BBC link.
And the world has not forgotten the shock as Three Christian School Girls in Indonesia are Beheaded
As noted in the Washington Times November 10, 2010,
- “Another Christmas tradition in Indonesia - which Mr. Obama neglected to mention - is the annual round of threats and violence against Christians from the Islamic Defenders Front and other radical groups. In January, a mob of 1,000 Muslims burned down two churches in Sumatra because there were "too many faithful and too many prayers" going on. Between 2004 and 2007, Muslim radicals and local governments forced 110 Christian churches to close.”
Church violence spreading ‘outside Jakarta, West Java’The Jakarta Post | Mon, 10/25/2010
Incidents of church attacks and religious violence are spreading throughout Java, outside of traditional “hot spots” such as Greater Jakarta and West Java, activists said on Sunday.
The latest violent incident occurred in Sukoharjo, Central Java, on Oct. 13, when 12 people on motorcycles set fire to a Protestant church, said Theophilus Bella of the Jakarta Christian Communication Forum (FKKJ), which documents sectarian violence in Indonesia.
A day before, an attempt to set fire to St. Joseph Catholic church in Klaten, Central Java, was foiled and caused only minor damage, he said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post. On Oct. 17, radical Muslims threatened to attack a Catholic church in Karanganyar, Central Java.
Last month, an unidentified group attacked a Catholic church in Pasir regency, East Kalimantan, it said.
Most of the incidents over the last several years took place in Greater Jakarta and West Java, including aggacks and forcile church closures that occurred with little or no intervention from the government, the report said.
According to the FKKJ, officials of Lubuk Linggau, Sumatra, said Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI) congregation members lacked an official permit and could not conduct religious activities in their church, in apparent response to complaints from local residents.
The FKKJ said religious violence in Indonesia has escalated since the country gained independence in 1945.
Between 1945 and 1967, two churches were set on fire. Between 1967 and 1969, after former president Soeharto took power, 10 attacks were recorded.
Church attacks soared to 460 between 1969 and 1998, after Soeharto’s government issued a joint ministerial decree on establishing places of worship, which was seen as favoring the nation’s Muslim majority.
After the start of the reform era in 1998, the number of cases skyrocketed to 700, bringing the total number of church attacks between 1945 and 2010 to 1,200.
“It's not wrong to say that Indonesia is the world champion of church burnings," Theophilus said.
Catholic priest Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops’ Council, said that the attacks were due to weak law enforcement.
“Terror has increased due to negligence of the part of law enforcement officials." he said. Benny added that villence against the churches had continued since perpetrators could act with impunity.
“This is dangerous because violence may escalate in other areas,” he said, adding that narrow-minded local administrations were also partly to blame.
Hendardi from the Indonesian human rights watchdog Imparsial said that attacks on religious groups in Central Java and other places were copycat attacks based on incidents in Greater Jakarta and West Java.
Imparsial said West Java had the most cases of violence perpetrated against minority religious groups.
“The attacks, especially in West Java, which have yet to be properly handled by the government, have set a bad precedent,” he said. (JP/lnd)
In another recent report:
Last year, the Indonesia Ulema Council, an influential Islamic clerical body, sounded the alarm about Christian proselytization and called on Muslims to more staunchly guard their faith. The pace with which unlicensed churches are being shut down by local authorities is also increasing. Christians complain that gaining official sanction to build a mosque is easy while getting similar permission for churches is glacial. As a consequence, most Christian houses of worship are unofficial. More.
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Revelation 6:10
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