By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
ACEH, INDONESIA (Worthy News)– Within one year and without any legal pretext, 17 churches and chapels in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, have been closed under Islamic law.
During Aceh's gubernatorial election, candidate Zaini Abdullah promised that if elected he would not hesitate to apply Islamic law in the province; shortly after his victory, that promise became a reality for religious minorities struggling to survive in the most populous Muslim nation in the world.
However, the central government is seeking to restore equity to Aceh.
"Indonesia exercises a spirit of pluralism and must continue to do so," said Interior Minister Gamawan Fauzi. "Tolerance must be guaranteed and the majority can not crush the minority violating their civil rights".
Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.