Romo Magnis Protes Pemberian Penghargaan untuk SBY

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May 17th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Jakarta (CiriCara.com) – Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) akan menerima penghargaan internasional berupa ‘World Statesman’ yang diberikan oleh The Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF).

ACF sendiri adalah lembaga yang akan memberikan award bagi tokoh-tokoh penting dunia. Lembaga yang bermarkas di Amerika Serikat ini menganggap SBY telah berhasil mewujudkan toleransi beragama di Indonesia.

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Romo Magnis, seorang pastor dan filsuf dari Jakarta memprotes keras rencana pemberian award untuk Presiden Republik Indonesia pada akhir Mei 2013 ini.

Beliau merasa terhina dengan penghargaan yang akan diberikan kepada orang nomor satu di Indonesia itu.

“Saya merasa ini sangat tidak wajar, luar negeri memberi award for tolerance, di saat tindakan-tindakan intoleransi merajalela di negeri ini. Saya merasa terhina dengan tawaran seperti itu,” kata Romo Magnis Suseno kepada sumber berita, Merdeka.com, Kamis, 16 Mei 2013.

Sementara itu soal pendapat bahwa kekerasan di Indonesia kecil dan tidak bsia digeneralisir sama sekali tidak sesuai dengan kenyataan yang terjadi. Romo Magnis mencatat bahwa sudah ada enam orang yang terbunuh karena kekerasan dengan nama agama.

Menurutnya ada tiga orang dari kelompok Ahmadiyah dan tiga orang dari kelompok Syiah yang menjadi korban kekerasan agama. Kebebasan umat beragama untuk mendirikan rumah ibadah juga masih susah terutama umat Kristiani.

Berikut surat Romo Magnis yang ditulis untuk ACF yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggris:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF),

I am a Catholic Priest and professor of philosophy in Jakarta. In Indonesia we learnt that you are going to bestow this year’s World Stateman Award to our President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because of his merits regarding religious tolerance.

This is a shame, a shame for you. It discredits any claim you might make as a an institution with moral intentions.

How can you take such a decision without asking concerned people in Indonesia? Hopefully you have not made this decission in response to prodding by people of our Government or of the entourage of the President.

Do you not know about the growing difficulties of Christians to get permits for opening places of prayer, about the growing number of forced closures of churches, about the growth of regulations tha make worshipping for minorities more difficult, thus about growing intolerance on the grassroot level?

And particularly, have you never heard about the shameful and quite dangerous attitudes of hardline religious groups towards so called deviant teachings, meaning members of the Achmadiyah and the Shia communities, and the government of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just doing nothing and saying nothing to protect them? Hundreds of their people have under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ’s presidentship been driven out of their houses, they still live miserably in places like sports halls, there have allready Achmadis and Shia people been killed (so that the question arises whether Indonesia will deteriorate to conditions like Pakistan dan Irak [favor of President G. W. Bush] where every months hundreds of Shia people are being killed because of religious motivations)?

Do you not know that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his up to now 8 1/2 years in office has not a single time said something to the Indonesian people, that they should respect their minorities? That he has shamefully avoided responsibility regarding growing violence towards Achmadiyah and Shia people?

Again, whom did you ask for information before making you award choice? What could be your motivation to bestow upon this President a reward for religious tolerance who so obviously lacks any courage to do his duty protecting minorities?

I have to add that I am not a radical, not even a “human right extremist” (if such exist). I am just appaled about so much hypocrisy. You are playing in the hands of those – still few – radicals that want to purify Indonesia of all what they regard as heresies and heathen.

Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ

(RN)

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