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Indonesia: Islamic Extremists Forbid Muslims from Participating in Christmas Celebrations

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Dec 24
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Islamic extremists are forbidding Muslims to wear Christmas symbols in Indonesia. Christian Today reports the ban also includes swapping Christmas greetings with friends.


In response, Nahdlatul ulama, Indonesia’s moderate Muslim organization, has said the ban to even say, “Merry Christmas” to fellow Christians is unlawful.


Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation.


Earlier this month, Islamic extremists in the Sukaharjo District attacked shopping centers because some shops were selling Christmas-themed goods.


The extremists told the shop owners and managers they were not allowed to wear clothing or items related to the Christian celebration of Christmas, according to AsiaNews.


Extremists also opposed the display of a Christmas tree in the city hall of Jakarta.


Also, a Muslim leader has demanded that Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo not participate in any Christian celebrations and to make sure that those celebrations are “low-key to not disturb the sensibility of Muslims.”


Previously, Widodo has said he would be attending a Christmas celebration in Papua.


Finally, in Aceh, the mayor issued a law that forbids Muslims from taking part in any Christmas services or events in the province.



Publication date: December 24, 2014