Indonesia: Christian communities decline Muslim protection
December 17, 2010
In an odd reversal of roles, Islamic leaders in Indonesia have offered to protect Christian churches from violence during the Christmas season.
Catholic and Protestant leaders have declined the offer—made by the Islamic Defense Front—because it would put their churches under the aegis of a group that has shown its hostility toward the Christian faith.
Christian churches in Indonesia have been attacked by Muslim militants during Christmas and Easter celebrations in previous years. Indonesian Church leaders argue that government authorities, not Islamic groups, should ensure their security.
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