COMMENT | Definitions, like ideas, have consequences. Muddled definitions, like murky ideas, would in time eventuate in grotesque realities.
Accurate definitions and clear ideas are vital for the health of a polity. If you think you can slip-slide around these things because they won't substantively matter, think again.
In the current debate in Indonesia over a decree banning radical organisations – defined as those contravening the state ideology of Pancasila – there have been calls for the “dissolving” of religions that contradict the national ideology's first plank: belief in God.
Indonesia is a secular country that recognises six religions, the adherents of which the state guarantees freedom of worship. The six are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism.
A lawyer of Islamist persuasion and polemical intent has called for the “dissolving” of non-Muslim religions because they recognise more than one God, or do not have a concept of God...