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Besieged HKBP church refuses govt call to move

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 14 2010   /  09:35 am

Paying for praying: HKBP church elder Hasian Lumbantoruan Sihombing gets treatment at the intensive care unit of the Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Bekasi, West Java, on Monday. The church leader reportedly went through a critical period after being stabbed on Sunday by suspected Muslim extremists. JP/J. Adiguna The Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) congregation in Bekasi has ignored a government recommendation to relocate their services to a new premises. The main aim of this suggestion was to avoid continued attacks by Muslim residents hell-bent on preventing the construction of a church in their neighborhood.  Aware of the repercussions, religious scholars urged the government to take necessary measures to ease interfaith tension following an attack that left one church official seriously injured in an incident widely seen as a grave threat to religious harmony in the country.The ...