Atheist faces jail after Facebook remark

An Indonesian civil servant who declared himself an atheist on Facebook was arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by an angry mob, police said today.

Alexander An, 30, who wrote "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Wednesday in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province.

"He is suspected of having blasphemed against Islam," local police chief Chairul Aziz told AFP.

"The man told police investigators that if God really exists and has absolute power, why didn't he prevent bad things from happening in this world."

An said on his Facebook page that he was brought up as a Muslim, like the vast majority in Indonesia, where blasphemy is a punishable crime carrying a maximum five-year prison term.

Dozens of locals stormed into his office after a heated debate with them on Facebook over religion, police said.

An was also an administrator of a Facebook group promoting atheism with 1243 followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his arrest.

Date published: January 20, 2012 9:47PM
Date retrieved: January 22, 2012 23:54 PST

Views: 400

Tags: Atheism, Islam, Theocracy

Comment by Barry Eckert on January 23, 2012 at 6:36am

damn islamofascists

Comment by Gabriela Menicucci on January 23, 2012 at 10:26am

"Is just another day for you and me in paradise"

Comment by archaeopteryx on January 23, 2012 at 11:03am

Islamofascists Barry? How about religiofascists? You may remember that little picnic they called the Inquisition --

pax vobiscum,
archaeopteryx
www.in-His-own-image.com

Comment by Dylan Blaine on January 23, 2012 at 12:06pm

But those who beat the shit out of him are on easy street.

Sigh... religious fascism... gotta love it.

Comment by Albert Bakker on January 23, 2012 at 2:52pm

I really don't see how the Inquistion makes islamofascists into religiofascists - or even what the difference is anyway. Islamofascists seems more appropriate since they don't derive their facism from just any religion, but from islam specifically. It is they who turn their islamic religion into something indistinguishable from fascism all by themselves, so why not call them just that?

Comment by Rob Moore on January 23, 2012 at 3:07pm

Ironically, these fools are a great argument AGAINST evolution, having clearly not evolved at all....

Comment by archaeopteryx on January 23, 2012 at 3:19pm

Albert - RE: "I really don't see how the Inquistion makes islamofascists into religiofascists"

I didn't say it did - I was noting that Christianity has been equally cruel to those who choose not to believe, and if Jews actually followed all of the instructions in the OT, we'd have to say the same of them. All three brands of religion demand submission to slavery as a prerequisite, ergo, religiofascist. Since 9/11, followers of Islam get an unfair share of blame, when in reality, there's plenty to go around.

pax vobiscum,
archaeopteryx
www.in-His-own-image.com

Comment by archaeopteryx on January 23, 2012 at 3:23pm

I personally live near a Muslim community, and all of the Muslims I know are quiet, unassuming, peace-loving people who would never harm anyone for believing differently from themselves.

pax vobiscum,
archaeopteryx
www.in-His-own-image.com

Comment by Rob Moore on January 23, 2012 at 3:49pm

@archaeopteryx  Me too, but I don't live in Indonesia, do you?

Comment by Albert Bakker on January 23, 2012 at 4:04pm

Hey listen I know only peace-loving and (excessively) hard working Muslims too. But that doesn't mean these Indonesian bastards who beat up that guy didn't do it because of something else than their Islamic faith. They are responsible for what they make themselves into: islamofascists. That not all Muslims are islamofascists doesn't mean that a subset is. And these fucking bastards are.

If they were quiet, unassuming, peace loving people, who would never harm anyone for believing differently from themselves, I would not be calling them islamofascists. But since they formed a mob to beat up a guy and then throw him in jail for probably the full term of 5 fucking years, for the unspeakable crime of saying the most obvious sensible thing, I am calling them islamofascists. And let me do it again in bold letters for good measure: they are islamofascists.

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