Anti-Christian Incidents Nearly Doubled in Indonesia in 2011
January 6, 2012
Acts of violence and intolerance against Christians in Indonesia almost doubled in 2011, with an Islamist campaign to close down churches symbolizing the plight of the religious minority, Compass Direct News reports. The Indonesian Protestant Church Union counted 54 acts of violence and other violations against Christians in 2011, up from 30 in 2010. The number of such incidents against religious minorities also grew, from 198 in 2010 to 276 in 2011, but the worst is perhaps yet to come if authorities continue to overlook the threat of Muslim extremism -- at least 36 regulations to ban religious practices deemed deviant from Islam were drafted or implemented in the country in 2011.