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Unmerry Christmas: Christians in West Sumatra banned from holding Christmas service

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Padang   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  09:00 pm
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Christians celebrate Christmas at a church in Jakarta in this 2017 photo.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Unlike many Christians in other regions of the country who are looking forward to openly welcoming Christmas with joy, in Kampung Baru village in Dharmasraya regency in the predominantly Muslim province of West Sumatra, celebrants have been told that nagari (village) leaders have prohibited them from holding Christmas services. Police officers informed the Christian community in the village on Wednesday not to hold services but rather to go a church in neighboring Sawahlunto regency, said Trisila Lubis, a Catholic who lives in Kampung Baru. The police’s suggestion was apparently made after leaders in the village issued a letter earlier this month banning the community of around 16 families from celebrating Christmas in the neighborhood. If the Christian residents accept the idea, the police promised they would help transport the congregation to the church, which is about 1...