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Jakarta Post

Islamic hard-line groups hold congress

  • The Jakarta Post

Bekasi, West Java   /   Mon, June 21 2010   /  10:21 am

BEKASI: Hard-line Islamic groups in Bekasi kicked off a two-day joint congress on Sunday, where the main agenda would discuss the perceived increase in conversions to Christianity in the city.The congress, held at the Bunga Karang Hotel and next Sunday at Bekasi Islamic Center, was attended by 200 people representing non government-linked Islamic groups in the city, including the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), the Bekasi Movement Against Apostates and the Islamic Ummah Forum.“The congress will come up with a set of guidelines for Bekasi Muslims and the local government in dealing with this problem of growing Christianity,” Murhali Barda, the head of the Bekasi branch of the FPI, told The Jakarta Post.“We will pass the guidelines to the local administration, but they will choose whether to accept it.”Rapid development in industrial and housing areas is turning Bekasi, located in the...