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Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh to act quickly to prevent religious conflicts

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Wed, December 19 2012   /  11:14 am

Allegations of widespread proselytizing by Christian missionaries and the presence of illegal churches have prompted the Banda Aceh municipal administration to act quickly to prevent religious conflict from undermining peace in Aceh.

“Don’t let such a sensitive issue damage [peace] and create new problems, especially regarding the ethnic and religious harmony that has been achieved in Aceh,” said Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor Illiza Saaduddin.

To curb Christian evangelism and the operation of illegal churches, the municipality will inform the public of the regulations on interreligious harmony in Aceh, especially in Banda Aceh. The awareness campaign will involve stakeholders, such as Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders in Banda Aceh.

Illiza said her office had recently closed a number of storefront churches in the Peunayong area, which is dominated by t...