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Christians Attacked In Indonesia – Again

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Indonesian Christians beat on their way to prayers

By Irwan Firdaus, Associated Press Writer
September 13, 2010

BEKASI, Indonesia – Indonesia’s president ordered police to arrest the assailants who stabbed a Christian worshipper in the stomach and beat a minister in the head with a wooden plank as they headed to prayers.

Neither of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Otherwise, they wouldn’t have arrested this assailant?

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [sic], who relies heavily on Islamic parties in parliament, has been widely criticized in the media for failing to crack down on hard-liners.

But he immediately called on authorities to investigate and to hold accountable those responsible

"We’ve questioned nine witnesses and have already identified the perpetrators," said local detective, Capt. Ade Arie. "But it’s too early to comment or speculate on a motive."

Perhaps we’ll never know.

Local Police Chief Imam [sic] Sugianto said Asia Sihombing, a worshipper, was on his way to the field when assailants jumped off a motorcycle and stabbed him in the stomach.

The Rev. Luspida Simanjuntak was smashed in the head as she tried to come to his aid

Leading the charge against the Batak Christians has been the Islamic Defenders Front, which is pushing for the implementation of Islamic-based laws in Bekasi and other parts of the nation.

They are known for smashing bars, attacking transvestites and going after those considered blasphemous with bamboo clubs and stones. Perpetrators are rarely punished or even questioned by police.

The Islamic Defenders Front pressured local authorities early this year to shutter the Batak church, located in a densely populated Muslim area, saying the permit was granted without the required approval of residents.

Weren’t they afraid of the outrage from Christians around the world?

The Christian worshippers have refused to back down. Every week, about 20 or so return to the field to pray, defying threats and intimidation.

How insensitive of them. Will ‘Imam’ Rauf tell them to stop being so provocative?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Christians Attacked In Indonesia – Again”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “But it’s too early to comment or speculate on a motive.”

    What other motive do the jihadis need? In their own little fantasy world these infidels need to die and right now. The Disassociated Press is obviously living in their own separate but no less bizarre fantasy world if they print tripe like this.

  2. canary says:

    Hunting down, Stricter penalties, & Rehab for growing terrorism in Indonesia.

    The Jakarta Post: Discourse: We have a history of excessive use of intelligence, military resources
    by Dicky Christanto 9/13/2010 (entire article at link below)

    After almost a decade since the country was hit by a string of terrorist attacks, Indonesians have finally witnessed the birth of an interdepartmental counterterrorism unit, … In a recent interview with The Jakarta Post’s Dicky Christanto, Ansyaad talks about his plan to tackle terrorism in Indonesia….
    …. We are going to take all necessary actions to intensify the hunt for remaining suspected terrorists who are spread throughout the country. With the assistance of military officers in the regions, we intend to widen our search.

    It is expected that we are going to be able to narrow down their hiding areas…. We want to be able to identify and arrest suspects before they pose a danger.

    Another important task is campaigning for people to treat more carefully the radical ideas spouted by hard-line clerics or activists. For those already doing time for terrorism, better rehabilitation programs are now being considered with the primary goal of preventing them from rejoining their former terror cells…

    We are now looking more at new treatments that hopefully will encourage convicts to resist further involvement in terrorist activity.

    We are working with Saudi Arabian authorities, who have developed a distinguished program…

    Through this program, convicts are invited to discuss their radical ideologies with experts. A team of psychologists and religious experts then monitor the convicts’ development, including changes in their behavior regarding radical ideas. Those who become neutral toward the wrong idea of jihad have a higher likelihood of being released. Financial assistance is also given in order to empower them economically.

    The police’s counterterrorism unit, Detachment 88, will take the lead with military resources on standby…

    The use of military resources and intelligence has sparked controversy among the public, especially from human rights activists…?

    …, I have also learned from experience that no country has been able to tackle terrorism by abandoning its military and intelligence resources…, but this time with clearer yet stricter rules and regulations…

    …We need to set the rules of the game first. We have to be clear on how far the intelligence and military can go in the area of combating terrorism. We can learn from the UK, where military officers are no longer subject to special military law in their battle against terrorism. If a military officer is found committing certain violations, they are tried in civilian courts. This approach ensures more transparency….

    Our antiterrorism law should impose more severe punishment, especially for those who play supporting roles. The law should also able to reach those who encourage terrorism in any form, such as radical clerics or intellectuals who preach hatred instead of love and morality. These people should be held responsible as well as their terrorist counterparts.

    … The new version would impose heavier punishment not only on those directly involved with terrorism, but also on those who encourage terrorism in any form.

    There are reports some politicians from Islamic parties oppose the revision because they worry that once passed into law, it may affect their parties’ cadres’ religious activities. Is that true?

    Yes. I have to say that we are currently facing opposition from those politicians. But I truly believe that we are going to be able to fix that problem because I know that their disagreement is mainly based on fear of the excessive use of force and not because they silently agree with radicals….


    Finally, Indonesia is making progress so Obama can visit after the November elections, so that Americans don’t see prior to elections Obama’s unpopularity in his homie country. Perhaps the 4000 troops ready to guard him will increase.

  3. bousquem says:

    I had been reading the comments section on the Fox News article about this and I was surprised by the number of moonbats who seemed to spam the comments with attacks against anyone not on the far left while at the same time stating that there should not be any christians allowed in Indonesia becuase “it is a mulism country” and people should not be preaching anythnig that isn’t islam. So much for the much vaunted liberal freedoms they expect everyone to follow, unless your muslim then it is okay to rape, pillage, and blow up people in the name of your religion and/or for people not converting to a death cult that preaches murder of all non-cult members.

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