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God does not exist comment ends badly for an Indonesian Man

#1  Postby thomasac13 » Jan 20, 2012 2:59 am

An Indonesian civil servant who posted “God does not exist” on his Facebook page has been taken into police custody for his own protection after he was badly beaten.

The man, identified as Alexander, 31, now faces the prospect of losing his job, or even being jailed, if he fails to repent and accept one of six official state religions.

Blasphemy carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Local media reported that when Alexander arrived at work at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board (Bappeda) on Wednesday, a group of men, also understood to comprise government officials, attacked and beat him before police arrived and took him into protective custody.

Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz told the Jakarta Globe that Alexander moderated a Facebook account titled “Ateis Minang” (Minang Atheists) and had written an update that “God does not exist.”

Chairul said he could not confirm the reports that Alexander was attacked but say that he had taken into protective custody to “anticipate anarchy.”

“Besides, he is also afraid of being intimidated or hurt.”

Alexander was quoted by Padangekspres.co.id as saying that he did not believe in God because of the amount of crime and disasters.

“If God indeed exists, why do bad things happen,” he was quoted as saying. “There should only be good things if God is merciful.”

Alexander said he was born a Muslim but ceased religious activities in 2008.

“I have no idea what the problem is. When I arrived at the office, a mob came and beat me, and took me to the police.”

Aziz said police would wait for a recommendation from the West Sumatra Coordinating Agency to Supervise Religion and Beliefs (Bakorpakem) as well as the Ministry of Religious Affairs before deciding on further action against Alexander.

“If they consider what he did was blasphemy, we will charge him.”

Gusrizal Gazahar, head of the West Sumatera chapter of the Council of Ulema (MUI), told local media that if he refused to repent, Alexander should lose his job.

“I want him to be fired,” he said.


http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/god ... man/492370

With all the rising islamist political and social insurgencies of the recent decade, this became hardly surprising. Please spread the words about this to support us atheists living in Indonesia, thank you.
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Re: God does not exist comment ends badly for an Indonesian Man

#2  Postby thomasac13 » Jan 20, 2012 3:15 am

oops sorry, some browser error made me double post this thread, can mods please delete this one? thank you.
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Re: God does not exist comment ends badly for an Indonesian Man

#3  Postby petwo » Jan 20, 2012 3:20 am

If he had said that at least 5 of the 6 official state religions was wrong then would he at least get to keep his job?
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When you hear about 'militant atheists'

#4  Postby Spearthrower » Jan 20, 2012 7:42 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16644141

An Indonesian man who said that God did not exist in a posting on a Facebook page for atheists could face jail.

Civil servant Alexander Aan, 31, is now in protective police custody after he was attacked by an angry mob.
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Re: God does not exist comment ends badly for an Indonesian Man

#5  Postby JoeB » Jan 20, 2012 9:30 am

can he opt for Pastafarianism?
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Re: When you hear about 'militant atheists'

#6  Postby Loren Michael » Jan 20, 2012 9:52 am

Obviously the people calling for his head aren't militant atheists?
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Re: When you hear about 'militant atheists'

#7  Postby mattthomas » Jan 20, 2012 9:56 am

I worry about all those US atheists who own fucking huge caches of weapons because they believe Richard Dawkins wants them to defend themselves from the believers.
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Re: When you hear about 'militant atheists'

#8  Postby Spearthrower » Jan 20, 2012 10:01 am

Loren Michael wrote:Obviously the people calling for his head aren't militant atheists?


No, but there's a very pervasive trope started in the US and Europe about 'militant atheists' - meanwhile routine acts of religiously-motivated suppression involving actual violence against non-believers are conveniently overlooked.
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Re: When you hear about 'militant atheists'

#9  Postby chairman bill » Jan 20, 2012 10:43 am

“There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.” Terry Pratchett
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