Indonesia delivers a big set-back to Baha’is
Baha’is have deceived Indonesian government times and again. During the last ten years The Ministry of Religious Affairs, over and again informed the Baha’is not to teach people who already have their own religion and were informed about the implication of violating this established government rules (imprisonment). The Baha’is betrayed the trust of the Indonesian Government and kept their secret activities of preaching and conversion.
In 2010 two Baha’is - Mr. Syahroni and Mr. Iwan Purwanto, who are imprisoned in East Lampung, were caught conducting Baha’i Children classes for children less than 12 years of age. After a fair trial these Baha’is were sentenced for imprisonment.
Recently the Baha’is propagated that the Indonesian government has recognized them and given them minority status. This is sheer lies and nothing else. As per confirmed reports, the Home Ministry in Indonesia has turned down the appeal of Baha’is for recognition of the Faith in that country.
Despite solid campaigning by Baha’is to influence the government machinery, in particular Ministry of Religious affairs, the Home Ministry has taken a tough stand.
Baha’is are notorious for espionage and conversion through deception. Several countries have banned the Baha’i Faith and many refuse to give it an official status.
Baha’i Faith has nurtured in Israel, and till today receives tremendous support from that country. Interestingly, Baha’is are not allowed to propagate in Israel. It is with this background, the Baha’is are viewed with suspicion.
The latest development in Indonesia is seen as a major set-back by the Baha’is, who had plans for spreading their tentacle to other neighboring countries. This development would also affect the decision making in several other countries, where Baha’is have made similar representation.