Incredibly, many parts of the world remain backwaters of advanced tolerance or true religious freedom. Such a place is
, which actually threw a
young, self-declared Atheist into prison for 19 months for coming out of the
closet and openly declaring his atheism. (‘Embrace
of Atheism Put An Indonesian in Prison’, NY Times, May 4, p. 11). Indonesia
Evidently, some of his Islamic peers in
Are you kidding me? He was expressing his own sincere beliefs! It wasn’t his fault a bunch of morons couldn’t bring themselves to “change the channel” and just had to read what he put up. What, did someone hold a gun to their stupid heads and force them to read his posts? Sheesh!
Anyway, he faced trial – was duly convicted in July ,2012 and the electronic information law, and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was released for good behavior after 19 months and again restated his position:
“What I posted was for discussion, not to incite hatred.”
“More than half of
491 provincial districts have enacted
various bylaws inspired by Islamic law or Shariah in recent years. Evidently so
much power was given to local authorities that wherever Muslim organizations
dominated there were violations against religious freedom." Indonesia
All of which plays into the narratives recounted by the late Chris Hitchens and also Sam Harris (‘The End of Faith’) that Islam is the most reactionary religion when it comes to the treatment of non-believers.
While fundies may be annoying and stupid (like Pastor Rick Joyner recently featured on 'Years of Living Dangerously'), the Islamic fundies want to carve out their own piece of flesh - if they don’t agree with what you’re writing or saying. Another reason for practicing atheists to avoid