Indonesia: Mayor decides churches can’t be built on streets with “Islamic” names

Look for a proliferation of “Islamic” street names in Bogor. This is not the first time the mayor there, Diani Budiarto, has taken the lead in persecuting the Christians in his city. Hizzoner has long worked to force the Christian congregation in the story below from a building they legally obtained, and they were hounded even as they tried to worship at the side of the road. The same congregation also found itself singing “Silent Night” over the screams of protesters shouting “Allahu akbar” at Christmas.

All of this goes to show it’s quite the Sharia paradise Budiarto is building in Bogor. At some point, however, the monster he is creating will turn even on him as an insufficiently “Islamic” mayor, when the Islamic supremacists find someone they like better. “Churches Can’t Be Built in Streets with Islamic Names: Bogor Mayor,” by Camelia Pasandaran for the Jakarta Globe, August 19 (thanks to Twostellas):

Bogor’s controversial mayor says he has a new reason not to allow the GKI Yasmin church to open “” the name of the street on which it is built has an Islamic name.

Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto “” who continues to defy rulings from the Supreme Court and Ombudsman Commission to open the church “” had told him that a church should not be built on a street with an Islamic name.

“[Diani] said that it is a fact that the street is named after a noted Islamic Ulama,” Gamawan said at the Vice Presidential Palace on Friday.

GKI Yasmin is located on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, an Islamic leader from Cianjur in West Java.

Local cleric Muhammad Mustofa, whose father is the street’s namesake, has previously stated that he has no objection to the church.

Mustofa, who said that Islam was a religion that promoted peace, said differences between religions were not new and similar problems had occurred since the time of Prophet Mohammad.

“Mecca is an example of pluralism during the prophet’s time. Every problem has its solution and hopefully the problem [surrounding the church] will be settled immediately,” he said.

Yes, Mecca was once very diverse. Nowadays, non-Muslims are forbidden to enter, and those who wander into Muslim-only areas even accidentally risk death.

Gamawan also indicated on Friday that he was siding with Diani in the dispute with the church.

“This is the political reality in the field and it could cause disturbances to security and peace,” Gamawan said. “It would not be healthy in the long run, even for the congregation members themselves. [Diani] told me that he has offered an alternative location with the same [dimensions].”

Gamawan said he would summon Diani next week to discuss possible solutions to the conflict.

“We need to mediate … but we also need to maintain security and peace,” Gamawan said.

Church spokesman Bona Sigalingging said Diani’s reasoning was unacceptable given that a number of churches were built on streets with Islamic names and mosques were built on streets with Christian names.

Bona said the church would refuse to accept any offer of alternative premises.

“The problem is it against the law, against the court ruling and against the recommendation of Ombudsman. It also breaches legal certainty.”

Ombudsman Commission chairman Danang Girindrawardana told the Jakarta Globe on Friday that the street name issue was a “made-up excuse.”

He said the Ombudsman’s recommendation was legally binding, with the Regional Representative Council (DPRD) and Home Affairs minister having the power to enforce sanctions.

He said he hoped the Home Affairs Ministry would uphold the law and impose serious sanctions.

Diani is supported by a coalition of political parties that includes the Golkar Party, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).

Well, they can’t call it the “Jihad Causes Poverty” Party.

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  1. says

    The solution is simple: rename the street!

    I would suggest ‘Vatican Street’, ‘St Paul Street’ or something similar would be much easier on the ear than ‘Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh’.

  2. says

    For the benefit of any visitors here who may be new to this site and this subject: the legendary ‘Pact of Omar’ is the archetype of the dhimma system, the religion-based apartheid that subjects non-Muslims under Islamic rule to a raft of discriminatory and oppressive regulations.

    Here’s the relevant passage, from a translation reproduced in Andrew Bostom’s ‘Legacy of Jihad’. Note that it is put in the mouths of the non-Muslims, as if they are *consenting* willingly to this system of humiliation and degradation.

    See Ibn Kathir, ‘the Tafsir Ibn Kathir’, Riyadh, 2000; vol 4, pages 404-407; ‘interpretation of Quran 9: 29′. Reproduced in “Legacy of Jihad”, pages 128-130.

    “When you (Muslims) came to us we requested safety for ourselves, children, property and followers of our religion.
    We made a condition on ourselves that

    “we will neither erect in our areas a monastery, church, or a sanctuary for a monk,

    “nor restore any place of worship that needs restoration nor use any of them for the purpose of enmity against Muslims.”

    (The problem is, of course, that just *breathing-while-non-Muslim* can be construed as ‘enmity against Muslims’).

    All over dar al Islam it is difficult for non-Muslim minorities to build new places of worship or to fix or to extend old ones.

    And at bottom, this is why: because the ‘pact of Omar’, the dhimma system, stipulates that dhimmis are NOT ALLOWED to build new places of worship, nor are they allowed to fix up an old one that needs fixing.