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It takes a nation to protect the nation

Above is a detail from a photo showing a mural on a wall of the Katolik Santa Maria Preschool and Convent, Situbondo, East Java depicting the five state recognised religions

Islam
Protestantism
Roman Catholicism
Hinduism
Buddhism

Below is the complete photo

Another view of the school

Thursday, October 10, 1996

10:00 AM
Court proceedings at the Situbondo Court House on General Sudirman Avenue concerning an offense against Islam by a Mr. Saleh (himself a Moslem). The prosecutor sought an 8 year jail time. The judge handed a 5 year prison sentence. The lighter sentence caused a mass hysteria of about 3,000 Muslims.

10:30 AM
The Situbondo Court House was set aflame with gasoline obtained from a nearby service station. Passing and parked cars and motorcycles were also set aflame. A convoy of trucks with approximately 2,000 men arrived from the westerly direction.

10:30 - 11:00 The Mount Zion Bethel Church across the street from the service station was set aflame. Concrete walls were demolished, all church equipment and paraphernalia were burnt to ashes.

Blasphemous graffiti were painted on nearby walls: "Jesus s..t, Jesus s...tty saviour, traitor, Mother Mary communist, A robber of the people, Plunderer, We muslims will be outraged if another church is rebuilt here".

11:00 AM
Every church in the city was set aflame at relatively the same time:

  • The "Protestant Church of West Indonesia" (GPIB - Gereja Protestan Indonesia Barat) on the Sudirman Avenue - mobbed.
  • St Mary and St. Theresa Kindergarten on Suprapto Avenue - set aflame.
  • The "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia" (GPDI - Gereja Pantekosta Di Indonesia) on Achmad Yani Avenue - destroyed
  • St Joseph Catholic Church and two junior high schools nearby - set aflame
  • Catholic grade school "Franciscus Xaverious" on Rose Avenue - demolished
  • The "Bethel Full Gospel Church" (GBIS - Gereja Bethel Injil Sepenuh) on Ahmad Yani Avenue - set aflame
  • The "Pantecostal Church of Surabaya" (GPPS - Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya) on Basuki Rachmad Avenue - set aflame
  • The Argopuro Street Assemblies of God Church (GSJP - Gereja Sidang Jemaat Pantekosta) - destroyed

These destruction were executed by the same mob who burned down the court house. They split into two groups: One advancing along A. Yani Avenue, and another in the direction of W.R. Supratman Avenue and Orchid Street (Jalan Anggrek). Masses came in trucks and motorcycles were also observed. They were about to burn the Protestant Church of West Indonesia (GPIB - Gereja Protestan Indonesia Barat) on Sudirman Avenue, but were persuaded by policemen not to do that since the Police Department was located next door. Nevertheless, they forced their way into the church building, carying anything they could find, including pews, Bibles and worship paraphernalia, out into the street, and burned them, while screaming and yelling.

Many town officials witnessed the destruction, but folded their hands and remained as spectators. Armed forces were used to only protect residential areas. But did nothing to prevent the destruction of churches and Christian schools. The masses came equipped with steel pipes, mallets, and hoes. Some were seen carrying sickles (a sharp semicircular blade attached to a short handle, normally used for cutting grain, but may also be used to decapitate an enemy).

Assessable damages were as follows:

  • The Christian Church of East Java (GKJW - Gereja Kristen Jawi Wetan) was burnt to the ground.
  • The St. Francis Xaverius Catholic Church - burnt and roofless.
  • The St. Francis Xaverius grade school, junior high and high school - burnt and roofless.
  • The Emanuel Christian kindergarten, grade school and junior high on Orchid Street - roofless; everything inside destroyed to smithereens.
  • The "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia" (GPDI - Gereja Pantekosta Di Indonesia) on Achmad Yani Avenue - All windows shattered; satellite dish, kitchen, dining hall, church pews - all destroyed to smithereens.
  • The "Bethel Full Gospel Church" (GBIS - Gereja Bethel Injil Sepenuh) on Ahmad Yani Avenue - Electrical service equipment destroyed, the church roof collapsed from fire, block walls hammered down,
  • The Argopuro Street Assemblies of God Church (GSJP - Gereja Sidang Jemaat Pantekosta) - suffered the same fate.

Tragedy occurred at the "Pantecostal Church of Surabaya" (GPPS - Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya) on Basuki Rachmad Avenue. The mob, carrying steel pipes, sickles, hoes, hammers and mallets surrounded the church building and the attached parsonage. At that time, seven people were inside the parsonage: Pastor Ishak Kristian (70), Mrs. Ribka Lena Kristian (67), Elizabeth Kristian (the pastor's daughter who was planning to wed on December 24th), Rita (20, a church employee), Nova Samuel (15, the pastor's niece), Didit Yohanes and Andreas. They were all trapped in the flames. Didit and Andi escaped through the roof. Both were injured from their fall. Pastor Ishak was found scorched in his bedroom. Nova's body in the master bathroom; the other three scorched in the kitchen.

While fire continued to engulf the church buildings, the mob proceeded to destroy stores belonging to Chinese merchants. They were persuaded not to touch a bank (BCA - Bank Central Asia), where many Moslem imams (priests) do their banking. Several Moslem imams were seen guarding the bank building.

1:00 - 1:30 PM
East Java Christian Church (GKJW) on Orchid Street and nearby Emanuel Christian School were burnt to ashes.

2:00 PM
The "Sweetheart Orphanage" (Panti Asuhan Buah Hati), a 3-month old orphanage built by the Pantecostal Church of Surabaya (GPPS) to house poor abandoned children, was burnt to the ground. All paraphernalia were destroyed. The concrete walls were hammered down.

Incident at Asembagus (approximately 30 kilometers east of Situbondo)

1:00 PM
The "Trumpet of Love Bethel Full Gospel Church" (GBIS Nafiri Kasih) on Asembagus Boulevard and the St. Joseph Catholic Chappel were set aflame. The "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia at Asembagus" (GPDI Asembagus) was mobbed.

3:00 PM

At the village of Ranurejo - District of Banyuputih (approximately 10 kilometers from Asembagus):
The Christian Church of East Java (GKJW Ranurejo), it's daughter church in Pepanthan Sidodadi, and the St. Joseph Catholic Church were set aflame.

The mob went completely wild at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. They came on 2 trucks, 10 motorcycles and 1 pickup truck. Hundreds of young men wearing gray pants and tee shirts. The procession was led by a policeman on a motorcycle. A third truck came from another direction to join them. They were screaming and yelling: "Long live Islam!" When they arrived in front of the church, an older man picked up gravel and sand, and threw them in the direction of the church. The masses went wild. The young men stepped out from the trucks; some threw rocks at the church windows, some went inside the church, destroying anything they could find. Movable objects were piled up in front of the church. Gasoline was poured on top of them, and fire was ignited. The flame was so high, reaching and burning the roof of the church. They warned spectators not to try to extinguish the flame, or else be killed.

Local authorities, town council members and the police force watched all that happened without doing anything. The mob knew they were there, but ignored them. They were all yelling "Long live Islam!".

After they were satisfied with the destruction there, they proceeded to the Christian Church of East Java (GKJW Ranurejo), approximately 400 meters from the Catholic Church. There they set the church and it's parsonage aflame. The minister's wife and a 5 year old child were frozen in fear. They had to be dragged out by two young men (Ating and Eko) and brought to safety at the house of a Mr. Supranowo.

After they were satisfied with the destruction there, they proceeded to the Christian Church of East Java - Pepanthan Sidodadi, a daughter church of the previous one.

4:30 - 5:00 PM
Destruction of the Christian Church of East Java - Pepanthan Sidodadi, a 9 month old building, funded with sacrificial gifts from very poor members, whose homes are constructed of bamboo sticks, and dirt floor.

Afterwards, the mob proceeded to Wonorejo (approximately 26 kilometers from Ranurejo, a coastal village).

5:30 - 6:00 PM
The "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia" (GPDI), the Christian Church of East Java (GKJW), the Bethel Church, and a Catholic Chapel in Wonorejo were burnt. One of the buildings was only one month old. Many frightened residents ran into a nearby forest to hide.

Incident in Panarukan (approximately 6 kilometers west of Situbondo)

4:00 PM
A Catholic Church (100 meters in the direction of Besuki) - burnt.
A "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia" (GPDI) - burnt.
Stores, (one of them the only jeweler in town), looted and destroyed.
A statue of Jesus was taken out from one of the homes and burnt.

Incident in Besuki (approximately 20 kilometers from Situbondo)

A "Pantecostal Church of Indonesia" (GPDI) - burnt.
A "Bethel Full Gospel Church" (GBIS) - demolished.
A "Christian Church of East Java" (GKJW) - burnt.

The total number of buildings destroyed: 30, out of which 21 churches and schools were burnt, 9 were demolished.

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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

We need to capture this information before it is removed.  The site already contains sufficient information to cover most issues, but our members add further updates when possible.

We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.

The 4 Freedoms

These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation
Immigration is allowed - except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud)
4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).

An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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