When Speaking Comes Before Thinking: The Failure of Raden Salamun Adiningrat
When Silence Is Golden
By N Mark Castro
Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt
The Republic of Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim-populated nation, beacon of democracy in the region, but vocally represented by noisy Islamic conservatives, voiced yet again another absurd proposition: BAN VALENTINE’S DAY.
For reasons known only to Allah, the deputy mayor in the conservative city of Depok, which is an outskirt of Jakarta, urged parents to stop their children from celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Local religious leaders voiced its support to the bark and hundreds of innocent young children were paraded on the streets by the herd-mentality of school teachers to protest and stop the symbolic representation of love.
And to add serious insult to the injured wisdom of moderate Moslems that populate this 250 million nation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Depok secretary Raden Salamun Adiningrat qualified the ridiculous protest by saying:
We don’t want to completely ban Valentine’s Day but it’s not for teenagers. Teenagers see it as a time to express love and affection and they often end up in sex parties, like in the West.
The Chinese got it right: “A dog barks at something and a hundred dog barks at the bark.”