Will the Islamophobia never end? Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia: “Aceh Mob Targets Another Storefront Church,” by Nurdin Hasan and Ezra Sihite for the Jakarta Globe, June 19 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A mob of about 300 men vandalized a store that was being used for a church service by dozens of Bethel Christians in Aceh on Sunday.
There were no casualties reported in the attack.
The mob wrecked the first floor of the store located in the Pasar Peunayong village of the Kuta Alam subdistrict in Banda Aceh. The assailants broke windows and did damage to some furniture.
Around 60 local Bethel Christians were holding their Sunday service on the third floor when the mob attacked.
The police’s quick response prevented the attackers from reaching the people on the third floor.
Banda Aceh Police chief Muffan Mudji Kafanti claimed that the attackers ransacked the place because the church members had not obtained permission to hold Mass in the store.
“There are regulations if you want to make it a place of worship,” Muffan said. “Local residents couldn’t accept it and wrecked it.”
Police have not made any arrests and say the matter is still being investigated. However, 12 of the Christians were taken to the police station for questioning.…