I’m going to disagree with Stephanie…I don’t think the petition to bring Alexander Aan to Obama’s attention was a failure. I’ve talked to a number of people about it, and I’ll tell you what the big problem was: it wasn’t Aan, or a lack of outrage at his blasphemy conviction…it was frustration at the pointlessness of talking to Obama. No one had any expectation that signing that petition would do a damned thing: atheists generally are not particularly happy with our current lackluster president. He’s better than the opposition, but that’s setting a very low bar.
It wasn’t lack of concern, it was that the direction that concern was being aimed was uninspiring.
You want to do something? Michael Nugent has posted an excellent list of actions you can take — stuff you can do other than trying to nudge a world leader who wouldn’t give a fuck anyway. Read that and don’t despair.