Islamic Tolerance Alert. “Indonesia Sentences 41 Christian To Five Years Imprisonment, report,” by Stefan J. Bos for BosNewsLife (thanks to all who sent this in):
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)– An Indonesian court has sentenced 41 Christian leaders to five years imprisonment on charges of blasphemy because they openly prayed that Muslims “come to know Christ,” local Christians and a well-informed human rights group told BosNewsLife Thursday, November 1.
Voice Of the Martyrs (VOM) Australia said the Christians, who are linked to the international mission group Campus Crusade for Christ, participated in a December, 2006, prayer gathering in the Indonesian province of East Java.
“During this time they prayed for their nation asking that all Muslim leaders come to know Christ. Video footage of this prayer meeting was filmed and was leaked to a Muslim organization,” VOM Australia said.
The organization quoted local sources as saying that the 41 believers “have been found guilty of abusing the Koran,” seen as a holy book by Muslims. “The judge sentenced them to five years in prison”. Their lawyers are planning to appeal the sentence in East Java High Court in Surabaya, VOM Australia added.