One way to support freedom of belief
Posted on August 10, 2012
There is now one week remaining on the Center for Inquiry’s petition to the White House to call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and free Alexander Aan. In case you don’t know who Aan is:
Earlier this year, Indonesian civil servant Alexander Aan posted messages to Facebook expressing his lack of belief in a God, as well as several cartoons about the Islamic prophet Mohammed. As a result, he was attacked at his workplace by an angry mob. When policed arrived, they arrested Aan and charged him with blasphemy, promoting atheism, and disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostility.
On June 14, a district court found Aan guilty on the incitement charge, and sentenced him to two years and six months in prison. He was also fined 100 million rupiah (US $10,600).
The petition has ~7,500 signatures. It needs 25,000 by August 16 to secure a formal response from the White House.