Officials in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, demolished a Batak Christian Protestant Church sanctuary March 21, The Jakarta Globe reported. The church is a member of the Lutheran World Federation. The Globe reported that Bekasi district chief Neneng Hasanah Yasin ordered the demolition because the 14-year-old Tama Sari congregation lacked a permit and Muslim residents objected to it. Church leaders said officials were unresponsive to their repeated applications for a permit, and Islamic fundamentalists only began condemning the church after Neneng took office. The congregation has also been asking Neneng to reopen another congregation, Filadelfia, sealed off since 2010.
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