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Permit for Riau Islands church revoked over local fears 'it may turn into icon'

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Mon, January 20 2020   /  01:14 am

The construction of another Christian house of worship in Indonesia was abruptly halted after the Tanjungpinang administration in Riau Islands revoked the building permit (IMB) for the Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) My Home church last month. The move followed a claim by a local interfaith communication forum (FKUB) that the church had not met the requirements set by a controversial 2006 joint ministerial decree on places of worship.GBI My Home pastor Baskoni Ginting said the congregation started preparing for construction in 2016 by informing the neighbors and surrounding communities about its plans to build a church at the D'Green City housing complex.The joint ministerial decree requires a congregation to get 90 signatures from its members and another 60 from other locals before building a house of worship.The church eventually obtained an IMB issued by the One-Stop Integrated ...