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An Indonesian mayor is refusing to allow an embattled church in his city to open, saying that churches should not be built on a street with an Islamic name.

The city of Bogor, West Java
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The spurious argument is the latest attempt by Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto to block GKI Yasmin Church, in defiance of rulings from the Indonesian Supreme Court and Ombudsman Commission.

The congregation has been holding services on the street – named Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, after an Islamic leader from West Java – in front of its half-constructed church since its building permit was revoked in 2008. Bogor city chiefs, spearheaded by the mayor, have refused to comply with a Supreme Court order issued in December 2010 that the church be reopened.

Now, Mayor Budiarto has told Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi that a church should not be built on a street with an Islamic name.

Church spokesman Bona Sigalingging said that the mayor’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 names.

Ombudsman Commission chairman Danang Girindrawardana backed the church, saying that the Ombudsman’s recommendation was legally binding and that the street name issue was a “made-up excuse”.

Local cleric Muhammad Mustofa, after whose father the street was named, said that he has no objection to the church. But the congregation’s outdoor services have been opposed by local Muslims, who have disrupted their worship with demonstrations.

The home affairs minister was due to summon Mayor Budiarto this week to discuss possible solutions to the conflict. It seems likely that Mr Fauzi will side with the mayor out of concern to “maintain security and peace.”

Bogor city chiefs have tried to move the congregation to another building, but Mr Sigalingging said the church would not accept any offer of alternative premises:

The problem is it [is] against the law, against the court ruling and against the recommendation of [the] Ombudsman.

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Mission Overview

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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