Can you image this_ a law against Atheism! If a person believes there is no Creator-God, should that individual be arrested and sent to jail? In our so-called “age of enlightenment” (I state “enlightened” with some sober-minded reservations) I think most rational and normal people would say, “Of course not, that’s ludicrous”!
I think you would agree that one should have the freedom to believe whatever they want, re “God exists” or “No God exists”, without fear of imprisonment.
I thought we progressed from times past, when one did, in fact, face prison, torture and death for one’s religious/philosophical posture. It appears that’s not the case today, within one Muslim nation, specifically, Indonesia.
I’d like to point out that I’m not against Muslims/Islam or the beliefs of same. I’m totally against making “thoughts and religious beliefs” a political crime.
How in the hell can laws prevent, abolish/eliminate a person’s thoughts, ideas or beliefs? They can’t!! Nor do laws eradicate crimes of all sorts.
At any rate, before presenting the news article, I like to stress that I am fully persuaded that there is a God and I’ve posted, in one of my blogs, a simple proof demonstrating that a Creator-God DOES EXIST. And, at the same time, it is my firm conviction that Atheism is an irrational, illogical and a willingly-ignorant posture to assume or take.
(here’s the link to “Simple Proof that God exists) https://ronabbass.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/does-a-creator-god-exist-a-simple-proof-updated/
Without going into the matter any further, here’s the news article. I have abbreviated it.
Man faces five years for ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post
By Emil Prolinski Jan.21, 2012
31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday.
The Indonesian man was taken into protective police custody Friday since he was afraid of further physical assault. Aan’s posting has been removed, but supporters (1,700 likes) on the Page are urging police to release him.
Islamic organizations believed Aan had defiled Islam by using passages from the Koran to denounce the existence of God and highlight his atheist views.
On Facebook, Aan said he was brought up as a Muslim. In 2008, however, he came to the conclusion that God could not exist. In addition to his comment about the possibility of a deity, he also declared that he did not believe in angels, devils, heaven, hell, as well as other “myths.” He was aware he could lose his job and was prepared to do so to defend his beliefs.
Atheism is a violation of Indonesian law under the founding principles of the country. Aan was charged because he used Facebook to spread beliefs that violate the law.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, recognises the right to practice six religions in total: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism. Atheism is, however, illegal.