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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Persecution in Indonesia

Indonesia, a country long known as a place of religious tolerance and freedom, sentenced three women to three years in prison for allowing Muslim children to attend a Christian Sunday school program, even though all the students had permission from their parents to attend. Before the sentencing, Muslim extremists seized the courthouse and threatened to kill the women, parents, pastor, and judges if the women were found innocent, bringing along a coffin to bury their bodies in.

Paul Marshall, a senior fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom, said the case could establish a dangerous precedent. "It's especially troubling and worrisome since it occurred in Indonesia, a country long known for its relative religious freedom," Marshall said. "If it signifies the future direction of the country, the consequences will be terrible."

A rash of church closings has also recently spread though the country as extremist Muslim leaders gain support.

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