You see, I’ve been aching to spit this out from my system since it’s been bugging for years. If you see in the left picture here, is the five foundation called Panacasila that builds Indonesia as a country. We are so proud of this foundation and it is constantly recited in all schools during the official ceremony every Monday and National celebration.
Well, I don’t completely detests all the content of Pancasila since 4 of 5 foundations are great. However, I do have a problem with the first foundation of Pancasila, which is “One nation under one God”.
Don’t get me wrong here. I don’t detest those people who hold dear their religion. Heck, even I’m a muslim but not very religious (I’m probably an agnostic here), but I do have trouble in understanding that by living as a citizen of Indonesia, you have to be a part of one religion. What if someone decided his an atheist? Should he be expelled from being an Indonesian just because doesn’t believe in a supreme being. If you see the 45 subroot of Pancasila (Butir Pengamalan Pancasila), you will see that 7 subroots of the first foundation of Pancasila only stated tolerance of inter-religion. There is no tolerence with person which doesn’t believe God since that first foundation only belongs to people with religion.
Truly, this condition saddens me as I recollect my knowledge of the incident which happened September 30th 1965 which doctrinize Indonesian to hate communism. It’s logical Indonesians feel this way since the pioneer party which brought communism to Indonesia, the Indonesian Comunism Party (Partai Komunis Indonesia), did a lot of damage during that week from compromising the national country to killing the generals of Indonesia army.
Since then, communism is banned in Indonesia, even the logo of communism is banned to be publically display in mass media. It’s a little hypocritcal of us isn’t it to banned a principal just because some organization did something bad to the nation? When terrorism spread and muslim people were in the notion of giving birth to terrorism, we all scream and defend ourselves that our religion teaches good and peace. How about communism? What does communism teaches us? Isn’t it teaches us same welfare for all community? Isn’t it the same as the 4th and 5th foundation of Pancasila? Aren’t we being hypocritical here?
And to lump atheists to be a part of communism and worst of all the lump them with the PKI is just detestable. They have no connection whatsoever to that particular principal and now they are being judged in every 5th grade elementary school national test as the source of chaos in Indonesia. Come on, aren’t we just the same people who deserves to be respected? Than why atheists and religious people are so being differed from one another? I think it’s time to reconsider the Pancasila to make Indonesia a better and justify to live without any prejudice to anyone’s faith.