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Jakarta Post

Insight: Criminalizing private morality?

  • Franz Magnis-Suseno
    Franz Magnis-Suseno

    Jesuit priest and professor emeritus at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1, 2018   /  08:42 am
Insight: Criminalizing private morality? Religions do speak in the name of God, and rightly so, but this God-speak loses all dignity if it goes together with intolerance, threats or violence. (Shutterstock/File)

Last week in The Jakarta Post, Fajri Matahati Muhammadin wrote a highly critical response to United Nations high commissioner for human Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. At the end of his visit to Indonesia, Al-Hussein had spoken out against the criminalization of homosexuality, urging Indonesians “to move forward — not backward — on human rights”. Noting that “the rights of sexual minorities have not achieved universal or even majority recognition”, Fajri asks: “How then, does one claim the practice of a few to be the universal standard?” Read also: Intimacy in penal code: A controversial controversy What an appalling statement! The moral dignity of a society is measured not on how the powerful, the many, the majority feel, but how they treat their underdogs, the powerless, the poor, their weak members, their minorities. This is p...

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