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Is freedom of religion conditional in RI?

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Sukabumi, Jakarta   /   Sun, May 18 2008   /  10:49 am
Kingdom of Eden members hold a picture of their leader, Lia Aminudin, outside the Central Jakarta District Court, where she was tried in 2006. (JP)

Kingdom of Eden members hold a picture of their leader, Lia Aminudin, outside the Central Jakarta District Court, where she was tried in 2006. (JP) In the first few days after an Ahmadiyah mosque in Parakan Salak, Sukabumi, West Java, was burned down by a mob of hardliners at the end of last month, Siti Masitoh had to stop her 6-year-old son from running out from their modest house to the mosque for dusk prayers. Locking the door, the wife of the leader of Parakan Salak's Jemaah Ahmadiyah, Asep Saifudin, told her son in tears that the Al-Furqon mosque was no longer there. "It's like he forgets the mosque has been burned down," Masitoh said last Sunday. When he does remember, he cries and asks his parents to rebuild the mosque, which is now in ruins. Its roof and dome collapsed in the fire. On the evening of April 28, a group calling itself t...