Indonesian church denied permit to build – again
Christian leaders in the area have been swift to condemn the decision, saying it goes against the Indonesian government’s professed desire for interreligious tolerance and religious freedom.
The opposition to the construction of Maranatha Church came from a September 7 protest organized by a group of Muslims. They met with the mayor of Cilegon, Helldy Agustian, and pressured him to refuse the building permit. A video of this incident went viral on social media.
Founded in 1999, Maranatha Church has 3,903 members but still does not have its own venue. The church leaders said, “The lack of a church building is a serious problem for us. The congregation’s spiritual formation cannot be carried out properly. We all believe that a place of worship is the central and strategic venue to educate worshippers properly and to grow the children’s faith.”
Indonesia is the 28th worst country in the world for the persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors. 86% of Indonesians are Muslim.
Twenty-one years ago yesterday, Muslim terrorists attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The co-anchors of New York Good Day were already talking about the hijacked 767 commercial jet airplane which had crashed into the north tower at 8:45 a.m.
MALE: “It appeared to bank sharply and smash directly, perhaps purposefully, into … Woaa. Oh my goodness, there’s another one. Oh my goodness, there’s another one.”
FEMALE: “This seems to be on purpose.”
MALE: “Oh my goodness.”
THIRD PERSON: “Is that a plane?”
MALE: “Now it’s obvious, I think, that there is a second plane that just crashed into the World Trade Center. I think we have a terrorist act of proportions that we cannot begin to imagine at this juncture.”
The time was 9:03 a.m. And the south tower had just been hit by a second hijacked airplane flown by Muslim terrorists.