Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Irian Jaya Verges on Explosion

Written by Rev. H.A Bergsma
The recent fatal attack near the Freeport mine in Papua (Irian Jaya) could be far more significant than it initially appears. There are several groups with a vested interest in annihilating the overwhelmingly Christian indigenous community. The Indonesian government wants control of resources; the military wants power, and the Islamists want to consolidate Papua as part of the Islamic world. On November 3, 2001 Osama bin Laden made a broadcast on Al-Jazeera television condemning the granting of independence to East Timor, which he had considered to be "part of the Islamic world." While the Laskar Jihad has been building its troops in Papua since 2000, there has been a huge influx of mujahideen since April 2002. As in East Timor, Maluku, and Central Sulawesi, they operate in collusion with elements of the Indonesian security forces. (From World Evangelical Alliance)

It seems obvious that the enemies of Christianity are Òmarching on to war.Ó And what are Christians doing? Not much. In fact, our federal government is not expecting much from the Christian religion. Has it become a religious minority already? See below.

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