Attacker at Indonesian Church Injures Priest

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesian police are investigating a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during Mass at a Catholic church in northern Sumatra.

CHR Comment: This story has fallen out of the news. I have not seen a report about the motives of the attacker or the results of the police investigation. The article describes a growing militant Islamic movement in the largest Muslim nation, which makes this event important. Are Archipeligo Muslims being radicalized?

Source: Attacker at Indonesian church injures priest | Religion News Service


Archipelago Islam and Christianity in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but are its local Islamic traditions in danger of being overtaken by fundamentalism?

CHR Comment: Archipelago Islam is, according to Yenny Wahid, a more peaceful form of Islam that developed in the islands of Indonesia. Such Muslims have tended to be more tolerant of Christians. However, Muslims in Indonesia are becoming less tolerant. Large majorities now support Sharia law and the formation of a Caliphate. Christians there are experiencing increased persecution. Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims of any nation in the world. If they radicalize, as has happened in other nations, persecution of Christians might greatly increase.

Source: Is Indonesia winning its fight against Islamic extremism? – BBC News