Authorities Seal Shut Three Church Buildings in Indonesia

Islamists pressure local officials, Christian leaders say.

(Morning Star News) – Police in Jambi, on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, last week escorted members of a Methodist church congregation out of their building and sealed the door shut. While church members wept, the Jambi Civil Service Police pasted a notice declaring the building was sealed due lack of a permit, as seen in […]

Islamic Extremist Suicide Bomber Family Attacks Three Churches in East Java, Indonesia

Deadliest assault in more than a decade on the archipelago.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks yesterday and today that reportedly killed at least 12 people not including the assailants. The father of the family that killed the Christians on Sunday (May 13), Dita Futrianto, was the suspected head of […]

Muslim Extremist Who Attacked Church in Indonesia Tried to Go to Syria

Priest, three parishioners and policeman wounded in sword attack.

(Morning Star News) – A Muslim extremist who attacked a Catholic church in Indonesia on Sunday (Feb. 11) had tried to go to Syria, according to reports. The 23-year-old identified as Suliyono of Bayuwangi in East Java wounded a priest and three others during Mass at St. Lidwina Catholic Church in Central Java’s city of Yogyakarta. […]

Indonesia Joins Repressive Islamic Regimes in Sentencing Ahok to Prison for ‘Blasphemy’

Statute treads on human rights in world’s largest Islamic country.

(Morning Star News) – Indonesia took a huge leap backwards in its reputation as a moderate Islamic democracy today when a court sentenced the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, to two years in prison for “blasphemin The blasphemy accusation was key in Ahok’s defeat in a bid to be re-elected as governor […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

Jihadists fight under the radar in Africa.

(Morning Star News) – While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs […]

Emotions Swirl as Blasphemy Trial Begins in Indonesia against Ahok

Jakarta governor in tears inside courtroom as protestors chant outside.

VICTORIA, Australia (Morning Star News) – The blasphemy trial of Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama began this morning, with the ethnic Chinese Christian breaking into tears inside the courtroom while hundreds of people protested outside. Some 2,000 police officers kept anti-Ahok and pro-Ahok protestors apart outside the heavily guarded court. Those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail […]

Indonesia Faces Defining Moment in ‘Blasphemy’ Protests against Christian Governor Ahok

Islamic-majority ‘model democracy’ challenged by religious-based political furor.

(Morning Star News) – Having concluded their investigations, Indonesian police have now named Jakarta’s ethnic Chinese Christian Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case. The case that has produced virulent protests will now to go trial. Islamic fundamentalists are now demanding he be arrested and incarcerated, as is normally the case with […]

Church Attack in Indonesia Kills 2-year-old Girl

Convicted terrorist linked with Islamic State arrested.

(Morning Star News) – A former terrorism convict with ties to the Islamic State (IS) threw a home-made bomb at a church compound in Indonesia on Sunday (Nov. 13), killing a 2-year-old girl and seriously injuring three other children, according to The Jakarta Post. Intan Olivia was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. on Monday (Nov. […]

Religious Rights Violations in Indonesia Expected to Continue as Elections Approach

Islamic extremists said to be preparing to close more churches.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – The average of 56 incidents of religious rights violations churches suffered annually in Indonesia over the past seven years is not expected to abate following elections next month, sources said. Jakarta Christian Communications Forum records show churches suffered 392 incidents of religious rights violations, mainly closures and attacks, from 2007 […]

Beleagured Church in Indonesia Forced Out of its Building

Threat of violence from Islamic extremist group leads to closure of newly opened facility.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A small church in Central Java, Indonesia that has struggled for more than a decade to keep its worship facility celebrated a re-opening last month, only to see it shut before Christmas due to protests from hard-line Islamists. The 41 Christians of the rural church in Pepanthan Dermolo village, Jepara […]