Friday, April 18, 2008

Sad news... but obvious

Indonesia has officially stopped being the tolerant nation it has always proclaimed to be, especially when it comes to religion. The country with the world's largest Muslim population, one that has long prided itself for its diversity and peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths, is no longer a safe place, particularly for religious minorities.
The Jakarta Post, Editorial: Religious persecution (Friday, April 18, 2008)

This is a bad news, but quite obvious and unavoidable. And, ironically, it happens intensively that jargon of "tolerant" and "peaceful" Indonesia become lips service rather than reality. Why I said that? It because none of us now really fight for that for sure. In almost any field, people talk about "majority rule" and never talk about "how about the minority one?".

There are several example such as building praying house. There are no restriction at all for the majority to build new praying house. Of course, if we consider the requirements to build the house there will be no restriction at all for the majority. If any, it was not so significant. Particularly when local leader also in the same group. Quantity does matter! But what happen when the minority wants to build praying house, they have to pass on layers of permission and at the end they don't get it simply because the majority not allowed with thousands of reasons. Meanwhile, when they gathered in their humble house just to pray (since they cannot build one for their own), people will condemned them and burned their house. Why? Do the minority ever complaint about how noisy the speaker just to call for pray? Why should they? They have no right to complain. They are minority!

Another clear example. Why government forbid Ahmadiyah while allowing "vigilante groups" that burn shops and cafe, fight and beaten people on the street existed in this earth? You know who... They just campaign about "real religious life" but they give us no evidence but violence and more violence. Even there are a clear groups that support Bali Bombing still exist in this country, but no one do nothing about it. In fact, the leader still get full coverage from the media every time he preach and agitating his follower. How strange?

However, that all I can say. No matter what I am thinking of, I am just a minor voice. The best way I can do, as my parents and my believe always teach me, is do the best for your society. Give the world the best you've got anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

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