Western Papua – Christian – Muslim Conflict



A 15 year old boy, Endi Wanimbo, has been shot dead and 11 others injured when police fired on a religious congregation in Karubaga, Tolikara district, West Papua on 17 July. There was a protest by a Christian congregation about the broadcast of Eid Prayers from a nearby mosque drowning out the Christian service. Police attended and there was one boy killed. So far no person has been named or arrested for perpetrating death or injury.

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Australia: Islam and the Media



The Australian Prime Minister can be a rhetorical wrecking ball, but in no case has his lack of subtlety been more damaging than his remarks about Muslims. The media doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook, either. Journalists have to cover this story, but at times parts of the media have inflamed fear and mistrust. In turn, many Muslims have come to mistrust and fear the media.

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Indonesia police investigate torching of Papua church


An evangelical church in Yambi, in Papua’s Puncak Jaya district, was burned down by group of unknown attackers on Monday. The local military commander, Lt Col Bayu Sudarmanto, confirmed the incident. Residents heard gunshots and then saw smoke coming from the GIDI church building, after which they tried to extinguish the flames, Bayu said.

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Why do interfaith dialogue?

interfaith lecture, Australia
The importance of interfaith dialogue in today’s multicultural and multi-faith world was the topic of a seminar by Rev. Sef Carroll at the United Theological College in Sydney on 11 March. What gets picked up by media on how we perceive people of other faiths is not always the real story. There needs to be an affirmative narrative on what relationships with other faiths is about and I think that’s a responsibility for all of us in the Church said Rev. Sef Carroll.

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Halal certification is in turmoil

Halal certification in Australia (and worlwide) are in turmoil as suspicions and fears about channelling of funds to terrorist organisations are not allayed appropriately by those in authority. In fact, the halal certification authorities are under attack. The following opinion piece suggests that withdrawal from halal certification schemes is a blow to the economy and local industries.

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