Dalam obrolannya tentang buku A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital for Islam and America dengan Bill Moyers dari PBS, Anouar Majid bilang begini:

when I talk about heresy, I’m, as I said, I don’t care too much about settlers and/or religiosity. What I want is to preserve a culture of augmentation and discussion and conversation… Critical thinking.

Kenapa?

Because anything— if I were to preach secularism and secularism can become tyrannical. Atheism also can become tyrannical — any system they put in place— whether it’s economic, political or cultural, has a tendency over time to harden into orthodoxy.

Kalau diingat-ingat lagi, dalam pengantar buku tersebut dia juga memberi penjelasan yang kira-kira senada dengan ucapan ini. Katanya sih, kalau orang mengira permasalahan di dunia (yang menurut banyak pengkritik disebabkan oleh agama) adalah atheisme, sepertinya itu tidak akan menyelesaikan masalah. Sebab, orang-orang jahat di dunia itu pada dasarnya pasti menemukan cara lain untuk berbuat jahat.

Untuk menyaksikan sendiri wawancara tersebut, monggo ke pbs.org dan cari Anouar Majid. Kalau—semoga saya salah—internet Panjenengan kurang kuat buat nyetel video, monggi dibaca isi wawancaranya di sini.

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