Islamists accuse Christian businessman of proselytising

Riady is accused of proselytizing. On November 5, Islamic New Year, posters denouncing the Lippo Group mall construction appeared on the walls of Nurural Mosque.

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Indonesia
Nov 15 2013, 11:06 AM
Islamists accuse Christian businessman of proselytising
James T. Riady

Islamists in Padang, capital of West Sumatra province in West Java, have recently targeted the construction of a shopping mall by Lippo Group, a company owned by James T. Riady, a Jakarta-based Protestant businessman.

Riady is accused of proselytizing. On November 5, Islamic New Year, posters denouncing the Lippo Group mall construction appeared on the walls of Nurural Mosque.

A personal friend of former US president Bill Clinton, Riady is famous for building malls that include stores, schools and hospitals. "We are opposed to the plan to build a shopping centre with hospitals and schools in our area," said Masfar Rasyid, a local Islamist leader,

Many Indonesian Islamist leaders said that Riady uses his shopping malls to spread Christianity in Padang. The Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), Muslim cleric’s organisation, asserted that at least 600 locals have converted so far to Christianity.

Radical Islam is influencing the lives of citizens and anti-Christian Islamist activity is on the rise across the country. On more than one occasion, Catholic and Protestant communities have been victims of violent attacks.

When it comes to intolerance, West Java is second only to Aceh, Indonesia's only Sharia-ruled province. Several Islamist groups, including the Minangkabau People's Forum, have organised demonstrations and issued press releases against what they called 'Christianisation' of the province.

In Bogor of West Java, the Yasmin Church has been attacked dozens of times. Local Ahmadi Muslims, deemed heretical by Sunni Muslims, have also been victimised by Islamists.

Source: AsiaNews

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