1,000 Churches Closed Since Passage of Indonesia’s ‘Religious Harmony’ Law

Church-II-pd(Christianity Today) In 2006, Indonesia passed a law requiring minority religious groups to collect signatures from the local majority group before building houses of worship. For instance, when Indonesia’s largest Protestant organization decided to build in a suburb of Jakarta, it was required to secure signatures of approval from 60 Christians and 90 people from another faith.

Since the passage of this “religious harmony” bill, which was touted by lawmakers as a long-term solution to religious conflicts, more than 1,000 Indonesian Christian churches have closed. Others have never been built.

“It shows the failures of the religious harmony regulation,” Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono told Foreign Policy. “It discriminates [against] minorities, thus making way for the majority, mostly Muslim hard-liners in Indonesia, to pressure the government to close down churches.”

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  • Jade

    As a homosexual, I know how it feels to be the minority and see the heterosexual majority thump their Bibles in your face

    • archaeologist

      homosexuals need to give up their homosexuality if they want to be in ‘the majority’ and included in God’s kingdom

  • archaeologist

    not a great story, the reporter hasn’t done their job too welll