Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Indonesian Atheist Beaten by Mob, Arrested

Last month, The Telegraph (UK) carried a story about a man in Indonesia beaten by a mob and then arrested for blasphemy after stating that God does not exist on his Facebook page. The man, named only Alexander, showed up for work and was attacked by a mob, part of which consisted of his colleagues. He was then taken into protective custody and later arrested and charged with blasphemy which carries a five-year sentence. According to the Telegraph, “Under the Indonesian criminal code blasphemy is defined as publicly expressing feelings or taking some action that spreads hatred, abuse or taints a religion in a way it would cause someone to disbelieve any of the country’s six official religions.”

Thanks to Volokh Conspiracy for bringing this story to my attention.

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