Yesterday we shared a great article about Indonesian Atheists and its work to stand up for rational thought in Indonesia. Today we heard that an Indonesian man has been bashed and may be charged with blasphemy after he posted "God does not exist" on his Facebook page. Blasphemy laws restrict free speech in an effort to protect religion from legitimate scrutiny and criticism. If religion could actually withstand rational appraisal it wouldn't need such protection.
‘God Does Not Exist’ Comment Ends Badly for Indonesia Man
Original published in The Jakarta Globe
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.
“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.
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