Catatan: Mabok Agama

Enek enggak sih baca postingan di sosial media yang selalu berkaitan dengan agama? Mulai dari kasus pelecehan seksual, perempuan bekerja dan laki-laki menjadi bapak rumah tangga, orientasi seksual sampai ke urusan politik. Dari urusan selakangan sampai jabatan. Entah makin banyak orang yang mabok agama, entah karena hal ini semakin terkekspos oleh media massa serta media sosial atau mudahnya distribusi informasi hari ini.

Bagi orang yang mempelajari ilmu sosial, pasti banyak yang tahu bahwa agama adalah sebuah bentuk konstruksi sosial yang disusun oleh kelompok tertentu dengan cerita masing-masing. Di mana, bisa jadi kebenarannya bisa dipertanyakan. Meskipun demikian, saya percaya agama apapun memiliki pesan moral yang berguna bagi keharmonisan hidup manusia dan alam semesta. Sayangnya, pesan moral tersebut belum tentu dapat dipahami oleh penganutnya secara menyeluruh. Belum lagi, banyak penganut agama (enggak semua) yang cenderung memilih mendengarkan ceramah pemuka agama saja ketimbang mempelajari agama tersebut secara konstruktif sehingga mereka memiliki tafsiran atau intepretasi yang berbeda-beda satu sama lain. Alhasil, banyak dari mereka yang menjadi fanatik dan suka memaksakan kepercayaan mereka terhadap orang lain dengan harapan bisa masuk surga, sebuah tempat imajiner.

Selain itu, manusia yang katanya makhluk paling sempurna dengan akal, budi dan pikiran tersebut dapat dipecah-belah dengan agama yang notabene merupakan produk konstruksi sosial ciptaan manusia tersebut. Jangankan memecah-belah masyarakat yang berskala besar, agama bisa juga memecah-belah keluarga termasuk hanya karena salah satu anggota keluarga berganti ke agama tertentu, hanya karena salah seorang anggota keluarga akan menikah dengan orang yang berbeda agama, hanya karena salah seorang anggota keluarga akan menikah dengan cara agama lain demi kemudahan, dsb. Sebagaimana dikatakan oleh filusuf asal Skotlandia David Hume di mana agama bukan merupakan hasil dari buah pikiran/logika/nalar melainkan perasaan, oleh karena itu enggak ada gunanya untuk beradu dengan penganutnya apalagi yang fanatik. Yang ada malah jadi debat kusir.

Saya jadi teringat cerpen Robohnya Surau Kami karya AA Navis tentang Ajo Sidi, pembual desa yang juga merupakan pekerja keras, yang menceritakan kisah Haji Saleh yang rajin beribadah namun tidak masuk surga. Pertama kali saya membaca cerpen tersebut waktu saya masih duduk di bangku SMP, saya membacanya berulang kali. Akhirnya saya paham bahwa orang boleh saja beriman namun jangan lupa berperikemanusiaan, dengan berperikemanusiaan orang akan lebih mudah masuk surga ketimbang hanya rajin berdoa. Saya pun kemudian melihat di sekeliling saya, saya melihat contoh nyata yang membuat saya enek dengan agama. Misalnya orang yang rajin beribadah tapi berkata-kata menyakitkan terhadap seorang yatim piatu; saudara kandung yang mengejek saudara kandungnya karena memakai kerudung di tengah keluarga Kristiani yang tengah dirundung suasana duka; seorang kriminal yang menjustifikasi perbuatan kriminalnya dengan ayat kitab suci atau seorang pegawai negeri yang tidak dapat menduduki jabatan tertentu hanya karena berbeda agama.

Dari tahun ke tahun saya melihat hal tersebut dari skala kecil sampai besar, saya pun memutuskan untuk tidak beragama tapi saya percaya adanya the higher power. Kenapa? Meskipun saya dulu anak IPA, saya malas untuk mempelajari Big Bang Theory tentang asal-usul semesta atau kemungkinan manusia itu sebenernya berasal dari planet Mars dari kehidupan sebelum planet Mars mengalami doomsday. Males bangetkan mikirnya? Anyway, untuk apa kita beragama tapi tidak bisa memperlakukan sesama manusia dengan semestinya. Itu gila! Tentu saja, itu semua pilihan masing-masing.
 
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Indonesia: Broken Heart

IMG_0059I am proud of being Indonesian. I even often get easily annoyed whenever foreigners make a bitter criticism about Indonesia or look down on us. However, seeing what happened in Indonesia recently, I feel that this country seems to get backwards.

I am one of the lucky one to be able to leave the country, I can even be Canadian, Brits or both if I want to and never look back. However, I still have my family, Indonesia is my home, I love its cultural diversity, it’s super beautiful. Yet, imported religion slowly ruin it.

The government and coward people make me sick and tired of this country. I know I can leave and always come back but I want to make a contribution one day. How? I don’t know. Perhaps through writing.

The thing is although the Internet penetration is increasing, it does not necessarily inform all Indonesian properly. Instead, it appears as an entertainment. As a result, important issues are neglected.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer wrote “Unsur modern belum lagi mengubah tata pikir pribumi. Dunia pikirnya masih tetap seperti lima abad lalu. Cara menanggapi dunia belum berubah.” (Rumah Kaca).

I hope with the Internet, Indonesian are more well informed about everything including humanity than feared with the future.

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Indonesia: RI Independence Day Doodle

2013 Indonesia Independence Day Google Doodle

2013 Indonesia Independence Day Google Doodle

Google participated in celebrating the 68th Indonesia Independence Day by creating Indonesia Independence Day doodle with Garuda Pancasila, the national emblem of Indonesia, to replace the letter O in red and white color.

Despite the fact there were many appreciation for this doodle, there were many criticism also about it especially the national emblem because it was too skinny, didn’t look like Indonesia national emblem, this and that. But for me, it is good enough.

Apparently since 2009 Google has always been publishing Indonesia Independence doodle on the 17 August  to participate  in celebrating Indonesia Independence day. And I just realized that : ).

As an Indonesian citizen, I am proud to see my google page view today. Happy 68th Independence Day Indonesia! I am proud Indonesia! Saya bangga menjadi warga Indonesia…

Indonesia Independence Day Doodle

Indonesia Independence Day Doodle

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Indonesia: A Letter To Pak Beye

People attend a candlelight vigil at Proclamation Monument in central Jakarta on Tuesday night (August 28th) to pray and show support for Shia Muslims in Sampang, Madura after local Sunni Muslims attacked the community, killing two men and burning dozens of homes. Hundreds attended the Malam Seribu Lilin (Night of a Thousand Candles). [2012: Oktofani]

People attend a candlelight vigil at Proclamation Monument in central Jakarta on Tuesday night (August 28th) to pray and show support for Shia Muslims in Sampang, Madura after local Sunni Muslims attacked the community, killing two men and burning dozens of homes. Hundreds attended the Malam Seribu Lilin (Night of a Thousand Candles). [2012: Oktofani]

Dear Pak Beye,

I am a citizen. I am a journalist. As a journalist, I like to observe, I like to listen to my source when they tell me a story. I do not interrupt them. I let them  take all the time that they need. It is because I realize that people like to be listened to.

Since I started my career in journalism, I often covered stories on human rights and legal issues. As a result, I am very aware of human rights issues now. There is a saying in journalism “Bad news is good news“. And working as a journalist in Indonesia, I would find ‘good news‘ very easily. It is because everyday I see and hear s about so many  cases of human rights violations in this beloved country.

It is very saddening to see that the number of violent attacks on religious minorities keeps increasing each year. Setara Institute found that  there were 216 cases of violent attacks on religious minorities in 2010, 244 cases in 2011 and 264 cases in 2012.

The victims of the attacks mentioned in the report belonged to religious communities including Catholic and Protestant Christians, and Islamic groups Shia, Sunni and Ahmadiyah.

Some people say that journalistic duties are to JUST write down the fact and present it to the public, we must not be involved. That is so true. But sometimes, I questioned myself how can I help the victims? I don’t want to be a hero. But I am a human with heart and feeling.

Ten Shiites from Sampang, Madura, East Java, are heading to Jakarta on bicycles to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and directly convey their complaints over being expelled from their own village in August 2012.

Ten Shiites from Sampang, Madura, East Java, are heading to Jakarta on bicycles to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and directly convey their complaints over being expelled from their own village in August 2012.

Norma Manalu, an activist from Aceh, speaks at a June 4th gathering about women’s rights in Aceh, at Hotel Acacia in Jakarta. Activists say they are not against Sharia Law but question the way it is being implemented.

Norma Manalu, an activist from Aceh, speaks at a June 4th gathering about women’s rights in Aceh, at Hotel Acacia in Jakarta. Activists say they are not against Sharia Law but question the way it is being implemented.

My heart beat stopped when I saw women crying because they could not use their church for worshiping God on Sunday. I cried when I heard that three Ahmadiyah followers were killed in West Java.

I was speechless when I heard a Syiah  follower had nothing to say to his four years old boy that they no longer have house because their house has been burned down by extremists in Sampang, Madura, East Java.  I wanted to scream to the government of Aceh for regulating women’s clothing and movement in Aceh as if there are not more important things to be involved in.

Akh…. Indonesia!  Don’t you remember what your teacher taught you in the class when you were at Elementary School? They taught us about Pancasila and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity).

Akh… Indonesia! We forgot how to respect each other. We forgot the value of humanity. We forgot our national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika . We just care about ourselves and be selfish instead.

Indonesia! We forgot that the Indonesian Constitution has guaranteed its citizen to choose and practice their religion. Yet, Ahmadi cannot use their mosque and some Christians cannot use their churches to worship God.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has just received theWorld Statesman  Award for promoting religious freedom  in Indonesia, while in reality your people cannot  practice their belief and religions in safety.  They come to you to convey their problem, yet you don’t even have five minutes for them. Should you wait until the table turn on you?

Bapak SBY, they are your children. They consider you as a father hence they come to you. Please kindly open your eyes, open your ears and open your heart to them.  Help them justice.

Bapak presiden, they might not have a high education but they know the value of humanity. Open your heart, open your door for them. It is ridiculous that they should come to you because the local government were too blind and to dumb to hear their problem.  We all just want to live peacefully in our home country.

Bapak presiden, if you were a real soldier, you should act like it. If you are a good father, then you should act like one. If you are a good president, then be a good president. The extremists have insulted you big time but you still give them space. That’s unfortunate.

Oh here… I have a song for you Pak Beye “Dear Mr. President” by Pink. I hope you enjoy it.

Love

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An FPI-Free Indonesia supporter holds a sign at a rally attended by about 50 people in front of the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on May 10th, 2012. The group is demanding a stop to violence committed in the name of religion. [2012: Oktofani Elisabeth]

An FPI-Free Indonesia supporter holds a sign at a rally attended by about 50 people in front of the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on May 10th, 2012. The group is demanding a stop to violence committed in the name of religion. [2012: Oktofani Elisabeth]

Indonesian Youth's Express their disappointment to the government because Lady Gaga had to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people [2012: Oktofani]

Indonesian Youth’s Express their disappointment to the government because Lady Gaga had to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people [2012: Oktofani]

The protesters called President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono “banci,” which literally translates to transvestite, saying he was a coward for not disbanding Ahmadiyah. [2011: Oktofani Elisabeth]

The protesters called President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono “banci,” which literally translates to transvestite, saying he was a coward for not disbanding Ahmadiyah. [2011: Oktofani Elisabeth]