Jakarta’s religious, an Islamic town,
their ways are aligned with religion.
And just like religion, I’ve found all around,
the believer likes to share his opinion;
and that people all fall into one of two ranks –
“you’re either with us, or not, on religion.”
I was there on some business, to visit some banks,
and Fridays are closed for religion.
Then one bank called me, only to say –
“We can’t meet you; how about Saturday?”
Surprised, anyway, I said then, “Okay,”
thinking Saturdays are religious, as well.
The visit went swell, from what I could tell,
‘til lunch, when the story turned different.
It was then when I asked, wasn’t Saturday fast
held as a day that also was reverent?
“Oh yes, it is,” said management’s lass,
“But here, at this bank, we’re Catholic.”
And that well explained the Saturday’s meet –
for the Christian, Sunday’s dogmatic.
“And what, if I may,” to me she then asked,
“what religion’s beholden for you?”
Oh, I didn’t know, no particular view;
to which she replied –
“Aha! then, you must be a Communist!
Still stunned and surprised! she then looked in my eyes
and hit me with her hard-lined dogmata –
“We don’t like Communists, in Jakarta!”
Copyright © 2012 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.
What an astonishing experience! I am trying to take it in! I know that in Israel, the Jewish businesses take Saturday off, and the Islamic Fridays, and the Christians Sundays, but being taken for a communist is altogether bizarre! I suppose there are no atheists, agnostics, spiritualists and/or humanists in Jakarta!
Besides, since you were perfectly willing to comply with their “off-day” differences, why should it matter to them or anyone? I guess that points out why religious freedom is so necessary to a multi-cultural/multi-religious country – and it ought to be the rule universally.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Very interesting.
not very tolerant, are they?