Friday, August 22, 2008

Attack Forces Christians Off Campus

Yes, Indonesia the model Muslim country for tolerance and democracy. Can you imagine if it was Christians trying to shut down a pesantren? The government, army and Brimob would be there in a split second (along with Front Pembela Islam, Hizbut Tahrir, MMI, and other Islamofascists who like to spit on the Pancasila and want to get rid of the infidels).

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Hundreds of Christian theology students have been living in tents since a mob of angry Muslim neighbors stormed their campus last month wielding bamboo spears and hurling Molotov cocktails.

The incident comes amid growing concern that Indonesia's tradition of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic hard-liners.

In talks since the attack, the Arastamar Evangelical School of Theology has reluctantly agreed to shut its 20-year-old campus in east Jakarta, accepting an offer this week to move to a small office building on the other side of the Indonesian capital.

"Why should we be forced from our house while our attackers can walk freely?" asked the Rev. Matheus Mangentang, chairman of the 1,400-student school.

The government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which relies on the support of Islamic parties in Parliament, is struggling to balance deep Islamic traditions and a secular constitution. With elections coming next April, the government seems unwilling to defend religious minorities, lest it be portrayed as anti-Islamic in what is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

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