Pentecostal Christian church permit revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in Yogyakarta in Indonesia [#PentecostalChurch #Yogyakarta #Indonesia]
A recently issued permit for a Christian church in the special region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia has reportedly been revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in the area.
The permit for a Pentecostal church that was issued in January 2019 was canceled by the Bantul district chief, who goes by the name Suharsono, through an official letter sent on July 26, 2019.
Suharsono justified the reasoning by contending that the permit issued to the church at the beginning of the year did not meet requirements established by a 2006 joint ministerial decree regulating houses of worship in the Muslim-majority country.
The decree is one that hundreds of religious leaders have called for an end to, saying it is used to block construction of churches and other worship buildings.
Suharasono claimed that “a house of worship cannot be a home at the same time.”
The revocation of the permit for the church comes just days after radical Muslim groups vowed to oppose the existence of the church in the town.
Pentecostal church’s permit revoked in Indonesia after Muslim radicals protest: report: