“You Ask, an Atheist Answers”, a Jakarta Globe interview


Page ABAM baru saja diberitakan di media The Jakarta Globe. Bisa dibaca lengkap di: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifeandtimes/you-ask-an-atheist-answers/582197 (dalam Bahasa Inggris). Jangan lupa juga kunjungi page ABAM di http://FB.ateismenjawab.com 🙂

Discussions between atheists and theists, or those who believe in the existence of God, are fragile events that rarely, though not impossibly, manage to do anything more than reinforce just how disparate the two factions’ stances are. This profound divergence is evidently true in Indonesia, where the concept of atheism is still seen as remarkably foreign, to put it mildly.

Stigmas and assumptions about Indonesian atheists often paint them as smart-aleck contrarians with a penchant for hedonistic nihilism who leave the burden of proof to believers.

To disprove this widespread view, two Indonesian atheists have taken up the call, Karl Karnadi and Virgi Albiant, the latter of which is a pseudonym used by the founder of “Anda Bertanya, Ateis Menjawab” (“You Ask, an Atheist Answers”), an Internet-based forum and community that aims to build a friendly bridge between believers and non-believers.

Read full article: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifeandtimes/you-ask-an-atheist-answers/582197

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Participate in PhD research about atheists – seeking more Indonesian responses

Bagi yg ateis dan tertarik ikut serta dalam riset mengenai ateis yg di-co-sponsori oleh Atheist Alliance International (AAI), silahkan ikut serta dan baca keterangan di bawah. Ini beda dengan proyek atheistcensus yg sebelumnya ya, yg ini lebih mendalam. Perhatikan bahwa ada batasan waktu keikutsertaan, mohon bantuannya juga untuk disebarluaskan.

Bila ada kesulitan atau pertanyaan silahkan hubungi saya Karl Karnadi di karl@sea-atheists.org. Salam dan terimakasih sebelumnya 🙂

Please participate in PhD research regarding atheists – covering your experiences as an atheist, your involvement (if any) with secular organisations and your perceptions of discrimination and prejudice (if any) against you as an atheist. : http://unrcfr.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3QlZZFokgDdWBTf. If you have already participated, thank you very much! If you started the survey, but did not complete it, you should be able to click on the survey link and continue to completion. We are specifically seeking more responses FROM INDONESIA because we have close to enough data for Indonesian responses to be identified at a statistically meaningful level.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. Your responses will be combined with others, and no personally identifying information will be recorded. Your honest and complete answers are crucial to making sure survey results accurately represent the experiences of atheists. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and will remain open until 27 March 2013. Please feel free to share this link with anyone that you think would be interested in participating.

Tanya Smith
General Manager
Atheist Alliance International

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Pemikir Bebas


Bayangkan soal ulangan/ujian seorang anak SD:

Pertanyaan: “Dari mana asal hujan?”
Jawaban: “Dari Tuhan. Tuhan yang ciptakan”
Pertanyaan: “Bagaimana proses terjadinya hujan?”
Jawaban: “Misteri Tuhan”

Kalau jawaban-jawaban tersebut tidak bisa dipakai untuk menjelaskan tentang munculnya hujan, mengapa itu bisa digunakan untuk menjawab misteri-misteri alam lainnya?

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Klik di sini!: Atheist Census

Ayo ikut berpartisipasi dalam #AtheistCensus, sensus penghitungan ateis dari seluruh dunia! 🙂

Kalau bingung Bahasa Inggrisnya bisa isi yg versi terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia di: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=en&tl=id&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atheistcensus.com%2F

Jangan lupa isi email, klik tombol “Count Me In” dan klik link konfirmasi di email anda, agar data2 anda masuk hitungan. Bila ada pertanyaan atau kesulitan silahkan hubungi saya di karl@sea-atheists.org 🙂 Salam.

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December 16, 2012 · 10:38 am

Kumpulan Dokumenter Online Membahas tentang Agama, Sains, Skeptisisme & topik-topik lainnya

Bagi yg tertarik untuk nonton dokumenternya bisa melihat-lihat di http://documentarystorm.com/category/religion/atheism-religion/ Dari Dawkins, Dennett, Bill Maher, Derren Brown semua ada di situ. Berikut ini beberapa dokumenter menarik yang saya rekomendasikan:

1. Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale


2. Religulous (Bill Maher)


3. Intelligent design on Trial: Mengenai evolusi dan intelligent design


4. The Atheism Tapes (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett)


5. Faith School Menace (Richard Dawkins)


Kontak kami melalui “Contact Us” di atas bila kalian menemukan dokumenter lain yang menarik untuk ditonton atau diperdebatkan. Selamat menonton! 🙂

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Menghadiri “European Atheist Convention 2012” di Köln, Jerman

Pada tahun 2009 lalu untuk pertama kalinya keberadaan kaum tidak beragama di Indonesia mulai terdengar di dunia. Dua tahun setelahnya IA berkembang pesat dan mulai berafiliasi dengan beberapa organisasi dunia, salah satunya Atheist Alliance International (AAI). Pada tahun ini saya menghadiri konvensi internasional di Jerman dan bertemu dengan berbagai tokoh ateis, freethinker, humanis, aktivis HAM dari seluruh dunia, dan berbagi cerita tentang perkembangan intoleransi di Indonesia yang mengkhawatirkan. Berikut ini beberapa foto yang sempat saya ambil dan sedikit cerita dibalik tokoh-tokoh yg ada di foto:

1). Berbincang dengan Taslima Nasrin, penulis dan feminis terkenal dari Bangladesh yg mengkritik perlakuan Islam terhadap perempuan. Hasil karyanya menyebabkan dirinya mendapatkan berbagai ancaman mati dan tidak diperbolehkan kembali ke tanah airnya. Itu kalungnya harusnya dipakai oleh perempuan yg menikah untuk membawa rejeki bagi suaminya. Taslima sendiri tidak menikah, dia mengenakan kalung tsb sebagai bentuk protes, bahwa kalung itu bisa dikenakan sebagai simbol membawa rejeki bagi diri sendiri (diri perempuan yang memakainya).

2). Dengan Dan Barker, dia bersama dgn istrinya menjadi presiden dari FFRF (freedom from religion foundation), organisasi yg pasang iklan billboards tentang atheism, dan juga berjuang di pengadilan untuk kasus-kasus pro-sekularisme sampai tingkat Supreme Court di AS.

Yang di kanan adalah Leo Igwe, pahlawan besar di kalangan aktivis, aktivis Nigeria yg sempat kerja lama di IHEU, dan menyelamatkan banyak anak-anak di Afrika yg dituduh witchcraft (penyihir), dimana mereka diperkosa dan dibunuh karenanya. Leo sempat terancam fisik karena jasa-jasanya tersebut.

Perhatikan kaos INDONESIA BUKAN NEGARA AGAMA yg saya kenakan. Banyak orang asing penasaran dan menanyakan apa artinya 🙂

3). Ngopi dan bercerita dengan PZ Myers tentang Indonesia dan diskriminasi yang banyak terjadi di negara kita

4). Yang di tengah itu Annie Gaylor, istri Dan Barker dan co-president FFRF. Yang di kanan adalah Michael Nugent, aktivis, penulis buku, dan pimpinan Atheist Ireland, yg sedang menentang hukum anti-Blasphemy yg baru diterapkan di Irlandia


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Jakarta Globe: “No Need to Believe: Indonesia’s Atheists”

Original article in http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifeandtimes/no-need-to-believe-indonesias-atheists/492147

At first glance, Karl Karnadi may look like any other 20-something trying to find his place in the world. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize there is something positively different about him.

Consciously argumentative, eagerly opinionated and thoroughly knowledgeable, Karl stands for something many Indonesians still find utterly unfathomable: He is an outspoken atheist, and the founder of the rapidly growing Indonesian Atheists community.

Karl, 29, does not keep his beliefs private, something many other Indonesian atheists have chosen to do in the face of frequent hostility. He makes no bones about his rejection of what he refers to as supernaturally infused beliefs, and he is passionate about fostering a fundamental change in Indonesia while remaining realistic about the challenges.

Furthermore, Karl promotes tolerance, and is far less hostile toward religion than some of the world’s most recognized scholars of nonbelief such as Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett and Richard Dawkins.

Established in 2008, Karl’s IA has 677 active members on its Facebook page who discuss the profusion of religiously related topics around the country.

The IA community has also taken part in a variety of scientific and philosophical seminars and gatherings, and has expanded its ties with similar groups outside Indonesia.

“We’ve built a network with other nonbelievers and humanist organizations in Southeast Asia,” Karl says.

With other atheist associations in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, IA has established a joint Web site called Southeast Asian Atheists, or sea-atheists.org, which hopes to broaden the discussion among atheists from different backgrounds.

“Starting last year, we have also affiliated ourselves with a global network called Atheist Alliance International, through which we build close contacts with similar communities around the world,” Karl said. “From Pakistan, Brazil, Ireland and Afghanistan, there are atheists and agnostics everywhere.”

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