Muslim Family Disrupts Christian Worship in Indonesia

Local official, wife and son yell bad names at house church members.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A local official and his Muslim family last week disrupted house church worship in an area of Java island, Indonesia where it has never happened before. In East Java Province’s Betiting village, in Cerme Sub-Regency of Gresik Regency, the head of the citizen association (Ketua Rukun Warga, or RW) […]

Muslims Attack Catholic Students with Knives in Indonesia

Two young women slightly wounded.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Two young women were slightly wounded when a mob of Muslims on Sunday (May 5) assaulted a group of 15 students engaged in a Catholic ritual prayer at a rented house in Banten Province, on the Indonesian island of Java, sources said. Enraged at the Catholic group praying the […]

Pastor in Indonesia Accused of Blasphemy

Muslims in two regions file complaints.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Muslim leaders have filed complaints of blasphemy against a leading Christian pastor in Indonesia. After Pastor Gilbert Lumoindong of the Indonesia Bethel Church (Gereja Bethel Indonesia, GBI) mentioned Islamic prayer and alms-giving in comparison with biblical tithing in a video of his comments from a Sunday sermon, attorney Farhat Abbas […]

Muslims in Indonesia End Church’s Meetings in Home

Local residents object to use of house for worship.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Muslim residents objecting to house-church worship in western Indonesia on Sunday (March 17) compelled the pastor to discontinue using her home for services, sources said. On the western tip of Java Island, dozens of Muslim residents gathered outside the house after worship ended in Saga Bunar, Balaraja Sub-District, Tangerang […]

Islamic Extremists in Indonesia Targeting Youth, Women

‘Active intolerant’ teenagers increasing, official says.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – The head of Indonesia’s counter-terrorism agency said officials are focussing on protecting teenaged children and women from Islamic radicalization as they have become the most targeted groups. Citing a report by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, Rycko Amelza Dahniel of the National Counter-terrorism Agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Terorisme, […]

Blasphemy Law in Indonesia Faces Criticism as Cases Grow

Charges based on fatwas and mob pressure, rights advocates say.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – With an increase in blasphemy cases in Indonesia and arrests based on Islamic fatwas and mob pressure, rights advocates are calling for laws to be amended or ended. The number of charges registered under Indonesia’s blasphemy law increased from 10 in 2021 to 19 last year, according to rights group […]

Officials Vow to Withdraw Permit for Christian School in Indonesia

Foundation says it has authorization to build.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Bowing to pressure from Islamic protestors, local officials in South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia have vowed to withdraw permission that had been granted to build a Christian school, sources said. In the town of Parepare, the district representative council had granted permission for the construction of the school as the […]

Muslim Mob Forces Christians Out of Building in Indonesia

Protest results in agreement to temporarily leave worship site.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A Muslim mob protesting a church site outside Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday (Sept. 16) has forced the congregation to temporarily move worship services online, sources said. The Indonesia Bethel Church (Gereja Bethel Indonesia, or GBI) reached a police-brokered agreement to forego worship services at their building in Depok, just south […]

Muslims with Machete, Club Halt Worship in Indonesia

Police dismiss case, saying assailant was insane.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A machete-wielding Muslim threatened to kill members of a house church in Indonesia as he and family members on Aug. 29 broke up a worship service, sources said. In West Sumatra Province, the Sola Gratia congregation of Bethel Indonesia Church (Gereja Bethel Indonesia, or GBI) was meeting the evening […]

3-Month Jail Term Given for Halting Christian Worship in Indonesia

A Christian would have received harsh punishment for same crime, rights advocate says.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A court in Indonesia last week sentenced a Muslim to three months in jail for halting a Christian worship service. Sources said reducing the charge from blasphemy to disrupting a worship service, combined with an agreement the Muslim reached with the church, resulted in a lighter sentence than would have […]