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Indonesia Muslims Warn Against Evangelism

A senior Islamic leader warned foreign relief workers Friday of a serious backlash from Muslims if they bring Christian proselytizing to tsunami-struck Sumatra along with humanitarian help. At Friday prayers in the main mosque of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, a Muslim leader warned against any attempt by Christian aid workers to evangelize among tsunami survivors. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, and Aceh is particularly conservative. “All non-governmental organizations, either domestic or international, with hidden agendas coming here with humanitarian purposes but instead proselytizing, this is what we do not like,” said Dien Syamsuddin, secretary-general of the Indonesian Council of Ulemas, or religious scholars. Full Story

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