Islamization in Papua

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

JAKARTA (Worthy News)-- Christians in Indonesia's most eastern province are facing an Islamization program that is changing the demographics of the formerly Christian-majority region, according to Barnabas Aid.

Papua's Christian children are being trafficked into Islamic boarding schools in Jakarta as part of a growing program of Islamization; these impoverished minors are often lured from their families with promises of a free education, but instead they are only taught lessons from the Quran.

However, Quranic re-education is not the only tactic to Islamize the region. Through the government's long-term transmigration program, millions of Indonesians have been forced to move to Papua to obtain work; these jobs -- along with education, food and housing -- have encouraged many Papuans to convert to Islam.

Further, Islam's tolerance of polygamy has also made it attractive to Papuans, even though Papuan churches strongly oppose it.

2 thoughts on “Islamization in Papua

  1. Islamization by fraud, deceit, and violence is just plain evil and wrong.

    Islamization efforts by using reason and demonstrating good behavior is acceptable, as it is for all religions.

    • The prophet of Islam said that "all war is deception" and dar al Islam has been at war with dar al-harb for centuries.

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