Jun 14 2012

Alexander Aan

In actually important news – Alexander Aan has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

An Indonesian man arrested after writing “God doesn’t exist” on his Facebook page was jailed for 30 months Thursday for sharing explicit material about the Prophet Mohammed online.

Alexander Aan, 30, was found guilty of “deliberately spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity”, presiding judge Eka Prasetya Budi Dharma told the Muaro Sijunjung district court in western Sumatra.

Utterly disgusting.



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    David Hart

    Are there officials in Indonesia to whom we could profitably explain our disgust?

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    Well, the Indonesian army is busy killing people in West Papua, so don’t get your hopes up. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-15/pro-independence-leader-killed-in-papua/4071998

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    Indonesia confuses me. They seem to be making attempts here and there to set up some progressive social ideals, and then we hear about cases like this where someone ‘offended’ religious wingnuts and winds up going to jail or otherwise punished.

    And which government will raise a stink over this religious idiocy? Or do they only speak up if they can spin something good out of supporting political dissidents?

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    David Hart
    Yes there is, http://atheistalliance.org/media/website/indonesian_contact.pdf

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    An Atheist Behind Bars « Radio Freethinker

    [...] because you can go to jail for being an atheist there.  And that’s what happened for Alexander Aan, a 30-year- old civil servant and a self-confessed atheist, who has been sentenced to two-and-half [...]

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