The prelate declares that the Surabaya attacks “are not a religious problem, but mainly concern the existence of the unified Republic of Indonesia (Nkri)”.
In saying that these jihad attacks are “not a religious problem,” Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta is following the line of Pope Francis, who has said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.” Even a clear act of Islamic terror — jihad suicide bombings at churches — is given an alternative explanation.
Back in 2013, Jihad Watch reported about Suharyo’s desired interfaith outreach in Indonesia that resulted in Muslims throwing Molotov cocktails at a Catholic school.
The archbishop also said that jihadists’ “planning and implementing a suicide attack by taking their children with them is a new form of violence,” although it really isn’t. Jihadi adults have long been known to train their children to be jihadists. Child jihadists were a feature of the Islamic State, and in the Palestinian territories there is a jihad camp for children. The archbishop is deluding himself and in denial both about this and about the motivating ideology behind the attacks.
The thought of any parents taking their children on a murder spree is monstrous, but jihadis who do so believe they are justified, for they are following the dictates of their religious texts.
“Jakarta archbishop decries jihad families as new form of violence,” Catholic World News, May 15, 2018:
Following attacks on 3 Indonesian churches, the archbishop of Jakarta (the nation’s capital) said that “planning and implementing a suicide attack by taking their children with them is a new [form] of violence.” The ultimate target of the attack, he added, was a pluralist Indonesia in which members of different religions have a place…….
“Archbishop of Jakarta decries jihad families as new form of violence”, by Mathias Hariyadi, Asia News, May 15, 2018:
A husband, wife and their four children have sown death in three churches in the city. The mother and her two daughters, aged nine and 12, carried out the suicide mission at the Christian Church of Indonesia (Gki). Another family blew itself up preparing bombs; another committed suicide at a police station. Abp. Suharyo: “The real objective of terrorists is to strike unified and pluralist Indonesia”. Amazement and indignation among the family members of the mastermind of the attacks.
The terrorists belonged to a single terrorist family. The father, Dita Oeprianto, is the Pentecostal Church bomber (Gpps), while the two teenage sons carried out the attack on the Catholic church of Saint Mary Immaculate (Smtb), aboard a motorcycle. The mother and her two small daughters, aged nine and 12, carried out the suicide attack at the Christian Church of Indonesia (Gki).
“I am convinced – says Msgr. Suharyo – that the two young daughters had no idea what would happen. This is incomprehensible and I think this kind of thing should never happen again, clouding our humanity “. The prelate declares that the Surabaya attacks “are not a religious problem, but mainly concern the existence of the unified Republic of Indonesia (Nkri)”.
Not only Christians, but also security forces agents have been targeted by terrorists. “It has always been the police who destroyed their plans and discovered their plots. For this reason, the agents are in their sights, “reiterates the Archbishop of Jakarta……