Posted by: theheartlander | February 8, 2011

Christian churches, orphanage and health-care clinic attacked in Indonesia

From Asia News, via CatholicCulture.org,

Thousands of Muslims attacked three Christian churches, an orphanage, and a health-care clinic in Indonesia on February 8.

A Catholic priest was badly beaten as he sought to protect the tabernacle in his church from the marauding crowd. After damaging that church, the crowd went on to torch two nearby Protestant churches and other Church institutions.

The mob violence in Java was prompted by a court decision sentencing a Christian evangelist to 5 years in prison, rather than the death sentence, after his conviction on blasphemy charges. Richmond Bawengan Antonius had been arrested last October, charged with distributing pamphlets that mocked Islam.

The burst of violence came, ironically, as Indonesia celebrated Interfaith Harmony Week. Indonesia, which is the world’s most populous Muslim country, has an official ideology that emphasizes religious tolerance.

Archbishop Yohannes Pujasumarta of Semarang said that the violence reflected a disturbing trend, as in recent months “the intolerance of that group of fanatics has mounted.”

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  1. Let’s keep all the persecuted Christians in our prayers daily. Two families of Coptic Christians were slaughtered in southern Egypt just a few days ago. The youngest members slaughtered were 3 and 4 years old. Eleven people in all.

    A day of reckoning is coming. Rev. 6:9-17

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