Churches Can’t Be Built in Streets with Islamic Names: Bogor Mayor

Bogor’s controversial mayor says he has a new reason not to allow the
GKI Yasmin church to open – the name of the street on which it is
built has an Islamic name.
Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto –
who continues to defy rulings from the Supreme Court and Ombudsman
Commission to open the church – had told him that a church should not
be built on a street with an Islamic name.
“[Diani] said that it is a fact that the street is named after a noted
Islamic Ulama,” Gamawan said at the Vice Presidential Palace on
GKI Yasmin is located on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, an Islamic leader
from Cianjur in West Java.
Local cleric Muhammad Mustofa, whose father is the street’s namesake,
has previously stated that he has no objection to the church.
Mustofa, who said that Islam was a religion that promoted peace, said
differences between religions were not new and similar problems had
occurred since the time of Prophet Mohammad.
“Mecca is an example of pluralism during the prophet’s time. Every
problem has its solution and hopefully the problem [surrounding the
church] will be settled immediately,” he said.
Gamawan also indicated on Friday that he was siding with Diani in the
dispute with the church.
“This is the political reality in the field and it could cause
disturbances to security and peace,” Gamawan said. “It would not be
healthy in the long run, even for the congregation members themselves.
[Diani] told me that he has offered an alternative location with the
same [dimensions].”
Gamawan said he would summon Diani next week to discuss possible
solutions to the conflict.
“We need to mediate … but we also need to maintain security and
peace,” Gamawan said.
Church spokesman Bona Sigalingging said Diani’s reasoning was
unacceptable given that a number of churches were built on streets
with Islamic names and mosques were built on streets with Christian
Bona said the church would refuse to accept any offer of alternative premises.
“The problem is it against the law, against the court ruling and
against the recommendation of Ombudsman. It also breaches legal
Ombudsman Commission chairman Danang Girindrawardana told the Jakarta
Globe on Friday that the street name issue was a “made-up excuse.”
He said the Ombudsman’s recommendation was legally binding, with the
Regional Representative Council (DPRD) and Home Affairs minister
having the power to enforce sanctions.
He said he hoped the Home Affairs Ministry would uphold the law and
impose serious sanctions.
Diani is supported by a coalition of political parties that includes
the Golkar Party, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).

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