In most South and Southeast Asian countries, ‘religion is a powerful force, and in most of them, more radical forms of the religion have been getting stronger,’ says religious freedom expert Paul Marshall. ‘I would say the overall pattern is increased tension, increased repression.’
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Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, the archbishop of Jakarta said that the attack on the first day of Holy Week “shocked everybody in Indonesia, not only Catholics,” noting that “leaders of all religious communities ... condemned the brutal violence.”
More than 800 people have died as a result of the disaster.
Although President Obama praised nation last year as ‘a majority-Muslim country that represents tolerance and peace,’ there are signs of a growing Islamization in the Asian country’s politics.
According to the U.N., some 2,000 people are stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and another 1,500 in the Andaman Sea.
Father Charles Burrows, an Irish missionary in Indonesia who prayed with the condemned man, discusses this week’s executions with the Register.
With two Australians on death row over their drug-trafficking convictions, they say jail is the appropriate punishment.