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A conscientious common sense that separates religious norms from social activities



YouTubers arrested for tricking gay men into donating trash.

Last month, a student threw a stone at a person living on the street and killed him in Gifu Prefecture.

Whenever I see such insidious Japanese incidents of bullying the weak, I sometimes feel that Indonesia has a higher level of citizenship than Japan, where the strong should help the weak and give alms to the poor, even though their economic status is lower than Japan's.

The other day, however, an Indonesian YouTuber made headlines when he donated a box of Sampah (garbage) to a gay man who earns money by performing on the streets of Bandung, pretending that it contained Sembako (nine kinds of daily necessities).

Unfortunately, such incidents of insulting minorities can happen anywhere.

In this case, the YouTuber posted the video and then made fun of the viewers by denying his own remorseful comments, which drew a lot of anger, and it seems that the seriousness of the police increased all at once, leading to a quick arrest.

The Youtuber who was arrested for handing over sampah (garbage) under the false name of sembako (food) must have added fuel to the fire for uploading a video called "minta maaf, tapi bohon" (I'm sorry, it's a lie). The cause and effect of the police teasing him with "kamu sebentar lagi bebas, tapi bohon" (I'm going to be released soon, it's a lie).

The fact that the words that insulted the gay and deceived the viewers were returned to the perpetrator himself during the police interrogation after his arrest was felt as causal retribution, but the truth is that in monotheistic religions like Islam and Christianity, there is no idea of karma where past deeds appear as a result in the present and present karma appears as a result in the future.

For it is only Allah and Jesus Christ, the only God, who prescribes man's present works, and to acknowledge the influence of past works could lead to a disregard for the power of God!

How religious values dictate social behavior

Although the status of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Biseksual, dan Transgender) has long been low in Indonesia, where Islam is the mainstream, the sense of conscientiousness of the common people, which separates religious norms from social activities, has made it possible in the past for commercial terrestrial television to have a slapstick performance by a comedian dressed as a woman and a male MC with a feminine gesture to host a gossip show.

I don't know if there was any pressure in the media or not, but before I knew it, the comedians in cross-dressing had completely disappeared from television.

It is not often that we hear news about bullying of the weak in society, such as the one caused by the YouTubers in Indonesia, so it left me with a bad aftertaste and a sad feeling, but on the other hand, I felt a little relieved that the anger and sorrow of the gay man, aroused sympathy in society and led to the speedy arrest of the perpetrators.

While there is a strong sense of morality among the common people who are not bound by religious norms, religious networks such as Islamic organizations and churches play a major role in spreading awareness in society of the need for donations of masks and alcohol disinfectant, financial support for those who have lost their jobs, and educational support for children who have missed school, in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, which has been spreading in Indonesia since March of this year.

Although politically the country is going against the times in some respects, such as the revision of the criminal law, the conscientious sense of the common people who think of religious norms as separate from social activities is alive in a country with the largest number of Muslims in the world, and on the other hand, the country is actively engaged in support activities for people in need under religious values.