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Freedom of Expression

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Lately, there is a massive debate among Indonesian people. I thought it would be over once Ahok was arrested, he was in jail now. Ahok was charged over a Blasphemy in Indonesia, because these sentences :

“Jadi jangan percaya sama orang. Kan bisa saja dalam hati kecil bapak ibu enggak bisa pilih saya. Karena dibohongin pakai surat Al Maidah 51 macem-macem gitu lho. Itu hak bapak ibu, ya.” (So, don’t believe in other people. It can be that in deep in your subconscious you cannot elect me. Because you are fooled with surah Al-Maidah 51 or such things like that). Honestly, you can judge yourself, is it a blasphemy or not. I won’t direct you to one or other ways 😀

So, of course there is pro and cons about this charge. Some people don’t believe that it can be called blasphemy, but some people said it was a blasphemy. So, even though Ahok was already asked for forgiveness, some people won’t forgive him. Let’s say that the people who won’t forgive him is already too offended or resented by his sentence. (Later, he is sentenced guilty, anyway)

And what’s bad about these debates is there is no longer rational restriction. While debate or discussion actually can be helpful to bring new ideas, people just brought it up to win something. Maybe they are very pessimistic on winning something else? I don’t know.

My suggestion is, when you feel like you want to force people onto your ideas, maybe you must think about yourself first. Would you like someone else force onto his/her ideas? I bet you don’t.

After all, there was a really good quote from Noam Chomsky about this.

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

Good quotes. I agree. Whoever that is, and however we despised them or their ideas, don’t you think every people have their freedom of expression? I learned a lot actually from those phenomenon happened in my country.

 

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