Hard-line groups hold Islamic congress in Bekasi
Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 06/20/2010 2:57 PM | Jakarta
FPI: (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)A number of Islamic hard-line groups in Bekasi
kicked off Sunday a two-day joint congress, with the main agenda to discuss
about Christianization issue in the city.
The congress, held on Sunday in Bunga Karang Hotel and next Sunday in Bekasi
Islamic Center, is attended by 200 people representing non government-linked
Islamic groups in the city, including the Islam Defender Front (FPI), the
Bekasi Movement Against Apostates and the Islamic Ummah Forum.
"The congress will try to produce a guideline for Bekasi Muslims and local
government in dealing with Christianization problem in the city," head of FPI's
Bekasi chapter Murhali Barda told The Jakarta Post.
"We will then propose the guideline to the local administration, but it is
their right to refuse or accept it."
Rapid development in industry and housing sectors has turned Bekasi, located in
the outskirts of Jakarta, into a more culturally and religiously diverse city,
making it vulnerable to a religious-triggered conflict which mainly involved
Muslims and Christians.
Last month, a Christian school was attacked by a group of people after a former
student of the school allegedly posted a picture showing him putting Koran in a
toilet in the school's blog.
On Saturday, the Bekasi municipal administration finally decided to tear down a
17-meter Tiga Mojang (Three Ladies) statue in Kota Harapan Indah residential
complex, following a series of protest from the hard-line groups which called
the newly-erected statue as obscene and symbolizing the Christian's Trinity
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