February 5, 2012
The Islamic Republic of Indonesia?
Alexander An, asia travel writer, Civil rights, Culture, facebook rights, http://www.liveencounters.net, human rights, indonesia, Islam, Journalism, local police chief Chairul Aziz, marculyseas, mark ulyseas, Pulau Punjung, The Islamic Republic of Indonesia?, West Sumatra province, writing
This is what thugs are doing in Indonesia…using the Koran to beat and subdue people and put them in jail. All right thinking Muslims in Indonesia stand up and help this man. This is not Islam. This is thuggery.
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.”
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