The Islamic authorities of Singkil in the Aceh province of Indonesia began the demolition of ten Christian churches deemed illegal under Sharia law because of a lack of the proper “building permits.”
Using clubs and hammers, police demolished the wooden structures of the three small churches, called “undung-undung,” as the Christian community looked on. Seven other churches are slated for destruction in the coming days.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world, and the Aceh province in western Indonesia is the most Islamic region in the country. Aceh is known as the “Gateway to Mecca,” both because it is the westernmost tip of the Indonesian archipelago and thus a good starting point for the Islamic pilgrimage (hajj) and because of its long association with Islam.