Letter : Gramedia recalls book
In reference to the article entitled “FPI makes Gramedia recall book” published in the June 12 edition of The Jakarta Post on page 2, I conclude that freedom of speech has no meaning in Indonesia.
What if I were to ask these religionists to prove that there is actually a god? And if they could not, then would these religions be declared fraudulent organizations for making statements as truths that have no basis in provable fact?
“Wandi continued by saying that the company had pulled all the books from circulation and would soon destroy them all.” Book burning! Donate them to institutions of higher learning.
Personally, I find all of the books by this author to be offensive. However, he has the right to think, write and publish as he sees fit.
“The FPI accused Gramedia of violating Articles 156a, 157 and 484 of the Criminal Code on religious defamation, hate speech and printing texts liable to criminal charges.”
Religious defamation? Then they should also object to all books publishing hadiths, which defame Muhammad, too.
Hate speech? Oftentimes a crowd of violent people go on a rampage due to hate speech from a cleric. But very seldom are those clerics put in jail.
Printing texts? All Wahhabi and Salafi magazines, newspapers and websites constantly defame all other religions and non-Wahhabi Muslims, but nothing is done against them.
This is double standard and hypocrisy as usual.