Atheist Faces Jail after Facebook Post


A civil servant who declared himself an atheist on Facebook was arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by a mob.

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

“He is suspected of having blasphemed against Islam,” local police chief Chairul Aziz said.

“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 1,243 followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his arrest.

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7 Responses to “Atheist Faces Jail after Facebook Post”

  1. Rachel Anderson Says:

    Believers, this behavior is pathetic. You would put a man in prison for disagreeing with you? Don’t you think the things you believe are true? What are you so afraid of?

  2. Dhirendra Singh Says:

    What a rubbish law which prevents a person from expressing his views. If a person doesn’t believe in god then this is his own view, why should others have problems from this? In fact it appears that muslim community around the world is living in the era of 10 century or even much before to that.

  3. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    Islam is a peaceful religion. Unfortunately certain elements have hijacked this beautiful religion and is using thuggery to coerce the faithful and threaten the foundations of this great nation – that of being a democratic republic. If this carries on, and I am sure it will, then very soon the name will have to be changed to The Islamic Republic of Indonesia. My hope is that better sense will prevail among the “moderate” Muslims who will take up the fight against these thugs to protect the secular traditions of Indonesia.
    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

  4. Angel Says:

    Oh Gosh what the heck of this country going to be? An islamic country? Then we must believe any islamic country will never let human has a free thinking!! Scary world!!!

  5. Angel Says:

    The worse is, when moderate muslims just silent and let such thing happened

  6. Parwati Says:

    Angel, Sumatra is an island in Indonesia where the population is majority muslim (to date) but this country of mine has never been an islamic country and it will never be in the future. belief me, there is a group of people from different believes who is practicing harmony life style who respect the differences and accept others he way they are. although this group of people is considered to be minority but it’s exist!

  7. Rian Says:

    Shit happens (quite often) in this country.

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