Indonesian housewives in hot water after kids invite Muslim friends
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Three Christian housewives in Indonesia have been charged with endangering children and face a possible five years in prison after teaching a kids Sunday School class, a human-rights group reports. According to International Christian Concern, which helps persecuted believers worldwide, the criminal charges stem from three Sunday School lessons the women " “ Rebecca Laonita Z, Rama Mala Bangun and Etty Pangesti " “ taught in 2003 and 2005. The activities the women led included: telling stories and teaching from the Bible, teaching Christian prayers, providing prizes like pencils for memorizing Bible verses, giving children towels with a picture of Jesus, and giving kids blue sport shirts that bore a cross and the logo of their church. The women also allegedly invited a child to attend a church service and lent a girl a Bible to read, International Christian Concern reported. While most of the children involved went to the women's church, the kids had invited some of their Muslim friends to the classes " “ and that's when the trouble began. Indonesia has a child-protection criminal statute that states:
by Dan Goldberg
VANDALS defaced Newcastle"s only synagogue just two days before Pesach last week, smashing several stained-glass windows and spray-painting graffiti " ” including swastikas and the words "Jews must die" " ” on the walls of the building.
A crossed-out Star of David, the words "six million more" and "88" (neo-Nazi code for "Heil Hitler" ) were also spray-painted on the walls of the Newcastle Hebrew Congregation early last Thursday morning " ” just hours after the 116th anniversary of Hitler"s birthday.
Posters belonging to White Pride, a white supremacist organisation, with the words "Jews are ruining your life" , were found at the Central Coast building, which is about 160 kilometres north of Sydney.
Shul president David Gubbay told the AJN: "You hear about these attacks on shuls in Melbourne and Sydney and hope that it won"t happen in Newcastle, but I"ve been afraid it would happen.
"It"s regrettable; we hope it"s a one-off, and not a portent of things to come; we"re a quiet, peaceful, small community; we don"t endeavour to impose our religious beliefs on other people."
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Statement From Moriel USA
(This statement was prepared by Moriel USA with no reference to Moriel Australia and is expressed by a non Australian citizen outside of the jurisdiction of the Victoria courts).
Moriel decries the decision by Judge Higgins in the villification case against Moslems as an infringement on free speech and religious expression.
by Bill Muehlenberg
I just returned from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne, where the two Christian pastors have been found of guilty of vilifying Muslims. The decision handed down this morning marks the beginning of the end of freedom of speech in Australia, and the official restriction of proclaiming the Christian gospel.
While the full report of 100 pages will not appear until next week, a short summary by Judge Higgins said that the two Danny"s (Daniel Scot and Daniel Nalliah) breached section 8 of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 which says a person cannot engage in conduct that "incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, that other person or class of persons".