We must keep this from the serfs, lest they gain literacy and threaten the landed gentry!!
Worried that some of us would start thinking Christians have a monopoly on teh stupid, Muslims in Indonesia have bravely stepped up to defend their faith against Evil Atheists like Richard Dawkins… By not letting people read his books…
Atheism books like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Sam Harris’ The End of Faith or Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great may have been on the bestselling charts somewhere else and can now be spotted in nearly all international airports, but the top local publishers have no interest in bringing these books to local bookstores.
… “The other reason why we don’t publish the book (The God Delusion) is that in it Dawkins, as a scientist, does not provide us with compelling scientific arguments,” he said.
… “We fear that people won’t even read the book as there is already prejudice against it. We actually have no problem with its content and even think that it could actually enlighten people to reexamine their faith,” Serambi’s editor in chief, Qomaruddin SF, said.
… “There is no use in publishing those books for the public. They can of course be used as an intellectual exercise for a small number of readers, and I think their availability in English editions at some local bookstores is enough,” the publisher’s founder, Haidar Bagir, said.
As a Muslim scholar, Bagir sees the new wave of books on atheism as a sign of frustration of the anti-religion thinkers who predicted that religions would naturally disappear in the twenty first century, and who are now facing what appears to be the opposite: Religions persist and there are more people returning to their faiths.
Average Joe/Jane Indonesian: What have you got there, my lord? Does that say ‘God Delusion’? Whats he mean?
Elegant, sophisticated Muslim: Nothing! Back to your turnips!
Ah, Islam and Christianity! Beautiful religions! Brothers in ignorance! Brothers in hate! Brothers in God! Such wonder!
All is not lost, however. Not everyone in Indonesia is a eunuch:
“We are looking for the right moment for its release,” Zulkifli A.H., the publisher’s editor in chief, said, suggesting that it could be by the end of this year or early next year.
He said the company was aware of all the risks; being accused of advocating atheism, being attacked by the beleaguered religionists, especially those who liked to mob buildings and burn books in the name of, sadly, God, or getting the books banned by the government.
…”We dare to publish those books because we think we have to. In the past decade, we have seen that religion, any religion, is being used to justify a lot of atrocities.
“In Islam, we all know, there is terrorism. Meanwhile, the foreign policies made by such developed countries as the U.S., especially when dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan, are undeniably influenced by certain theological considerations,” he said.
Good for you, dude. I just hope your factory isnt firebombed by one of those elegant, spiritual, peaceful Muslims who dont appreciate free thinking as much as you do.