The Jakarta Globe:
The Islamic Defenders Front has been allowed to take the law into its own hands far too often. On the eve of Idul Adha, dozens of members of the group known as FPI attacked and destroyed a mosque run by Ahmadiyah devotees in Astana Anyar, Bandung.
Despite police intervention and efforts to diffuse the standoff, violence ensued. West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan said that the vandalism was unjustified and that complaints against the mosque should be resolved through legal channels. The governor added that those who carried out the attack should be brought to justice.
We could not agree more, but are pessimistic that it will happen. Reluctance by the police to arrest perpetrators of violence in the name of religion, and the lack of protection of the right for places of worship to operate, are key factors in the rise of religious intolerance in this country.