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Jakarta Post

Depok told to open dialogue over church

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 13 2009   /  10:11 am

Following his decision to revoke a building permit for a church in Cinere, Depok Mayor Nurmahmudi Ismail is told to open room for dialogue to prevent potential conflicts, a noted Muslim scholar says.

“Nurmahmudi has to be open about the reason behind his decision [to revoke the building], since the decision has so far created more tension for Christians in the area,” Azyumardi Azra, a professor at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University told The Jakarta Post. “Moreover, the decision will not only potentially affect the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the area, but also Christians with the local [Depok] administration.” Azyumardi also urged Nurmahmudi to find a solution for the church congregation should he insist on revoking the church’s building permit. “Relocating the church, for example, could be a viable solution ...