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Our cognitive dissonance

  • Rully Sandra

    Doctoral candidate in law at Padjadjaran University

Bandung   /   Fri, March 2, 2018   /  03:04 pm
Our cognitive dissonance Beheaded: Police officers inspect the statue of Jesus at St. Lidwina Church in Bedog, Sleman, Yogyakarta on Sunday, February 11. A man attacked the church using a sword during mass, injuring several people, including the pastor. (JP/Aditya Sagita)

We are a diverse and tolerant nation, they said. We are a respectful and peaceful community, they said. They forgot to mention the caveat: these only apply as long as you are part of the majority, you follow certain interpretations and do not criticize the democracy veiled in bigotry. Indonesia has seen the rise of populism, just like many other countries. At first, it looked like a singular phenomenon, an expression of piety among those who supported it and a juicy topic of discussion for those who opposed it. Intolerance and bigotry have permeated our lives even further. It is not just a show of power from a majority group. It is becoming a way of life, condoned and perpetuated by the government. It is like a silent and well-orchestrated coup. We have suddenly awoken in a country in which we feel no longer welcome simply because of our differences. Our legislature believes ...

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