Church Burnings In Indonesia

For many years Indonesia has been cited as an example of a Muslim nation in which there is religious freedom for all religions so recent events are causing concern. During the past few months there has been escalation in the number of Christian churches which have been attacked and even burned by Muslim fundamentalists who seek to end religious tolerance and impose sharia law on the nation. The good news is lack of any support among the vast Indonesian people for the concept of Muslim law being imposed in a country in which many can be Muslim and secular at the same time. All indications are the rise in church burnings stems from failure on the part of police to be pro-active and crack down on groups they know are responsible for the violence.

The Muslim world needs a religious Indonesia that is also secular in its treatment of other religions.