Source: VOM Sources
Officials in Bandung, Indonesia, have closed the Indonesia Christian Huria Church (HKI), forcing its 200 members to worship elsewhere. On Oct. 23, 2012, Bandung’s vice regent ordered authorities to seal the HKI building after prominent area Muslims pressured residents to withdraw approval for the church building. They posted a sign on the front of the building reading, “This building … is sealed.” Under Indonesian law, churches must obtain 60 signatures of local non-Christians in order to get a building and operating permit. The 15-year-old church in Bandung had obtained 77 signatures of non-Christian neighbors before several were pressured to withdraw their support. Church members must now travel more than half an hour through heavy traffic to attend church on the other side of the city of 2.4 million. This is the latest in an alarming trend of church closures on West Java, some of which have been accompanied by violent protests.
You have probably heard that Iranian Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani has had his appeal overturned. Pastor Nardarkhani was arrested for apostasy in Iran over a year ago, and he was sentenced to death. But the high court said if he recants, he’ll be set free and the case will be sent back to lower court. (see http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15931).
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