Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia

Research Article

Unlucky Political Strike, Spirit of Jihad and a New Church Building Plan The Case of St Faustina Catholic Church Building Proposed in Bogor of Indonesia

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305064,
        author={Ibnu Hasan Muchtar and Moh. Zaenal Abidin Eko Putro},
        title={Unlucky Political Strike, Spirit of Jihad and a New Church Building Plan The Case of St Faustina Catholic Church Building Proposed in Bogor of Indonesia},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ISRL},
        year={2021},
        month={3},
        keywords={place of worship license proposal local muslim government hesitation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305064}
    }
    
  • Ibnu Hasan Muchtar
    Moh. Zaenal Abidin Eko Putro
    Year: 2021
    Unlucky Political Strike, Spirit of Jihad and a New Church Building Plan The Case of St Faustina Catholic Church Building Proposed in Bogor of Indonesia
    ISRL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305064
Ibnu Hasan Muchtar1,*, Moh. Zaenal Abidin Eko Putro2
  • 1: Research Center for Religious Society Guidance and Religious Service, MoRA of Indonesia
  • 2: Politeknik Negeri Jakarta (PNJ)
*Contact email: ibnuhasan09@gmail.com

Abstract

Building a new place of worship is a very sensitive issue in contemporary Indonesia, especially for religious minority community within different majority religious group. Rejection by some local residents who belong to different faith threatens the planned construction of a new worship place. The St. Faustina Kowalska Catholic Church 's license proposal in Kampung Tonjong, Tajur Halang, Bogor Regency is just one example. Frankly, the local government license was initially granted through Online Single Submission (OSS), but soon the name and number of the proposal no longer displayed. In fact, the Bogor regency had not given the permission yet. The authors attempt to investigate the case through a qualitative approach. To grab a deep understanding of the situation, the authors conducted several interviews with some prominent figures within the bureaucracy of Bogor Regency, ranging from the lower level, Tonjong 's head man to Bogor 's regent official. The research shows that, the cancelation of St. Faustina Kowalska Catholic church permit was due to the refusal from the opponent party of church building plan which had inspired by, among other things, the spirit of jihad. Basically, however, Bogor's regency government has shown a fast response to worship place permission by e.g. issuing some other worship place licenses that are not exclusively to church but other worship place too as long as there is no rejection from local citizens.