Religious Minorities Protest in Indonesia: News Roundup

Religious freedom has been tenuous in Indonesia of late, and this week hundreds of religious minorities protested in Jakarta, demanding that the president do more to protect their rights. After attacks on churches, prayer gatherings and mosques of a small Islamic sect, minorities are directing their frustration at Islamic hard-liners, with one protestor saying, "We're tired of being harassed and attacked. We have the right to pray just like any other religious community. If anyone tries to stop us, we're ready to fight” (Associated Press reports). The Jakarta Post weighs in.

In another employment discrimination case, a judge in the U.K. sided with a city council that fired one of its homelessness counselors for recommending a terminally-ill client “not give up hope and put her faith in God” (Find Law UK reports).
 
Duke Amachree said that after speaking with the client for an hour, he made a suggestion involving religion and that the woman did not seem offended. Two days later, he received a letter saying she had complained and he was being suspended. After a 6 month investigation, Amachree was fired for “gross misconduct” (Canada Free Press reports).
 
 
 
Lastly, the White House held its annual iftar dinner in celebration Ramadan this week. The dinner happened to take place in the midst of debate over Cordoba House, and President Obama took the opportunity to remind guests that Islam has always been a part of America’s history and Muslims have as much of a right as any other faith to build a place of worship in Lower Manhattan.
 
Here are some of the week’s most informative pieces on Cordoba House:
That’s it for this week!