Tre kristne kvinner på Vest-Java drev en søndagsskole hvor alle barn kunne være med på utflukter og læring, også muslimske. De er anmeldt for forsøk på omvendelse og risikerer fem års fengsel.
Vest-Java er et kjerneområde for islamsk ortdoksi. Det er Rådet av islamske skriftlærde som har anmeldt kvinnene.
Indonesia har faktisk 8 prosent kristne, og de frister en tøff tilværelse mange steder.
De tre kvinnene har sittet i varetekt siden mai.
Senior Christian figures claim that the prosecution is politically motivated and part of a campaign of persecution by Islamic fundamentalists against Indonesia’s Christian minority — about 8 per cent of the Muslim-majority population.
The three women faced threats from a yelling mob of 150 fundamentalists during a court appearance in West Java last week. It is claimed that the women were teaching lessons in reading and writing to mixed classes of Christian and Muslim children, taking them on trips to parks and swimming pools, and rewarding them with treats such as pencils for memorising Christian prayers and Bible verses. Many of the alleged offences took place at a special Happy Week earlier this year, although the lessons began in 2003.
A claim of «Christianisation» was made against the women by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics, which alleged that they enticed Muslim children to participate and that they had tried to convert the children to Christianity by giving them gifts.
The three, Rebekka Zakaria, Ratna Mala Bangun and Ety Pangesti, have been held in prison since May, charged under Indonesia’s criminal law with using lies, deception or enticement to change a child’s religion. They are evangelical Christians who belong to the Church of David’s Camp in Haurgelis, a strongly Muslim fundamentalist area in West Java which is about 2 per cent Christian.
They say that the Muslim children were friends of Christian youngsters and were attending with the consent of their parents. No attempts were made to convert them, they say.
To forhold er lite påaktet: muslimes ekstreme sensitivitet for påvirkning utenfra, mens de selv driver massiv påvirkning av egne barn, og ønsker å omvende flere.
Det andre er det avkristnede Vestens likegyldighet overfor kristne i andre land, som koptere i Egypt og kristne i Kina og Indonesia.
Militante muslimer bruker kristne som takknemlige angrepsobjekter, og myndighetene tør ikke gripe inn, ser det ut som.
Det nevnes også at kristne fikk beskjed om å forlate Aceh-provinsen etter tsunamien, fordi de virket støtende på befolkningens følelser!
Bambang Widjaya, the chairman of the Indonesian Council of Evangelical Churches, said: «The 2_kommentar motive behind this is political. Fundamentalists want to use this case to launch a political campaign and rally support for their goal of implementing Sharia (Islamic law).
«The Government is too scared of Muslim voters to intervene. In many areas Muslims are tolerant, but in other areas where there are fundamentalists there is discrimination. Fundamentalists are growing in influence in our country.
«These women have been terrorised by mobs, who have even tried to hit them. They are not scared, however. They are very tough women.»
About 10,000 Christians were killed in Indonesia between 1998 and 2003 and about 1,000 churches were burnt down by Muslim mobs, according to campaigners. Although religious conflict has eased in recent years campaigners say that about 100 churches have been closed down in the past five years in West Java.
Christians face jail for giving treats to children of Muslims
By Nick Meo in Jakarta fra Times (får ikke opp URL)