(International Christian Concern) – Indonesia has 263 million people, 87% of whom are Muslims, making it the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Despite this fact, Islam is not the state religion and enjoys no state-sponsored preference, at least not on paper.
According to the country’s 1945 constitution, the state is “based upon the belief in the One and Only God,” however, the following article specifies that the “State guarantees all persons the freedom of worship, each according to his/her own religion or belief.”
That said, the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI)-Yasmin Church congregation has suffered a reality quite contrary to this constitutional promise. The GKI-Yasmin Church is a Protestant Christian church established in Bogor, Indonesia, outside of the capital city of Jakarta. Their building was sealed by the Bogor city government on March 11, 2011 and has remained closed ever since.
Troubles for GKI-Yasmin congregation began when they attempted to build a church for themselves.