Muslims in Indonesia province tear down Christian churches

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A resident cries as she prays during a Sunday mass near a burned church in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia. Photo by Y.T. Haryono courtesy of Reuters.

A resident cries as she prays during a Sunday mass near a burned church in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia. Photo by Y.T. Haryono courtesy of Reuters.

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In the majority-Muslim nation's most conservative province, Aceh, several Christian churches will be shut down this week, days after a mob burned down a church, killing one person.

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  • Bernardo

    What else does one expect from a religion that teaches:

    o “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

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  • Ron

    Isn’t this the place that suffered an earthquake and tsunami some years ago? and it was the “christian” nations like Australia that gave much aid. People gave to help the suffering and rebuilding. Islamic nations gave nothing. How ungrateful can you get? It is no surprise that churches are being closed because the evil will always persecute the good. In the past 15 years in the world, check out the nations with war and terror – almost all of them are islamic. The facts speak for themselves.

  • Christy

    The context of the Qur’an making statements against some Jews and Christians was directed toward certain Jewish and Christian tribes at the time of Muhammad who were attacking them – literally – thus endangering the relatively small Muslim community at the time.

    The Qur’an mentions elsewhere for Muslims to protect the “people of the Book” (Jews and Christians) who were not of the groups attacking the early Muslims.

    Remember Luke 19:27 — Jesus tells: “27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and KILL THEM in front of me.’”

    Taken out of context, one could claim Jesus is telling people to kill non-believers.

    Note: Muhammad’s divinely ordained goal was to eliminate idolatry in the Arabic people. He was quite successul at that. Gen 21:18 – God says He will make offspring of Ishmael into a “great nation” (Ishmael was progenitor of the Arabic people). Muhammad was sent to carry out that objective. He was successful at…

  • Laurel F.

    Luke 19:27 is a portion of a parable concerning the end of days and those who will be dealt with for their refusal to acknowledge their king.
    It is quite different from the direct quotes given in the Quran which are NOT parts of parables or stories.
    Very weak comparison, and the only one you could find, undoubtedly.
    The earlier, peaceful quotes you mention in the Quran are well known to be superceded by the later violent ones.
    Mohammed was taken in and cared for by the Jewish city of Medina, only to turn around and slaughter every Jewish inhabitant once he gained strength. A perfect example of what he expects of his followers.
    The man is indefensible.

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  • Jenny

    It’s so sad that evil is so prominent nowadays… Evil people despise anything and anyone good… I feel so sad for those Christians…

  • Mark West

    Muslims around the world contributed to rebuilding Aceh, the same as Christians. Aid arrived from many nations, including “Islamic nations.” And if you want to check out war in the last 15 years, what countries have the weapons come from? And what religion is predominate in those countries?

  • Rustam

    Mohammed don’t just killed enemies. He also killed trades attacked by Muslims,and even people like the jews from the Banu Qurayza tribe who were “suspected” of not respecting a treaty.
    The suras about “asking about your doubts to the people of the Book” or “the people of the Book being the closes to Muslims”, were abrogated by suras that came after them, like the one that says “slay the idolater where you find them.
    FInally the verse in Luke is about a parable, not about a real command of Jesus. He is telling a story in which a king ordered that.
    WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO DECEIVE??