Protest for Indonesian Man Jailed for Atheism This Friday in New York City

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“Being an atheist should not be a crime,” declares International Secular Organization

Indonesia’s unjust imprisoning of atheist Alexander Aan will be protested by an international secular organization at the Indonesian Consulate in New York City this Friday. 


Subsequent to declaring his atheism and posting satirical material critical of Islam on Facebook, thirty-year-old Alexander Aan, a civil servant in West Sumatra, was attacked and beaten by an angry mob on January 18, 2012, and then arrested by Indonesian authorities for the crimes of blasphemy and encouraging atheism. On June 14 he was convicted of “inciting religious hatred,” with a sentence of two and a half years in prison and a fine of over $10,000(US). 

The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a leading international organization advocating for science, reason, and secular values, will protest Aan’s imprisonment outside the Indonesian Consulate in New York City on Friday, July 6, at 12:30 p.m. EST and is encouraging all those who believe in basic human freedoms to take part in this demonstration. 

“Being an atheist should not be a crime,” declared Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI. “The only crime here is that which the Indonesian government has perpetrated against Alexander Aan. The persecution of any person simply for exercising his or her freedom to speak and believe—or not believe—as he or she chooses is unacceptable, and we will not be silent until Alex has his freedoms restored.”

CFI, which opposes any restrictions on the freedoms of expression and belief, has been working to gather support for Aan since his arrest, circulating petitions to the Indonesian government and demanding Aan’s release both in a letter to the country’s ambassador and by a demonstration outside the Indonesian Embassy in Washington last month. 

WHAT: Protest of the Imprisonment of Alexander Aan WHERE: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, 5 East 68th Street, New York WHEN: Friday, July 6, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. EST. WHO: Organized by the Center for Inquiry, including CFI Director of the Office of Public Policy Michael De Dora, CFI NYC branch Executive Director Stephanie Le Roy, CFI–Canada Director Michael Payton, and others TBA. Further details here

Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785
E-mail: press@centerforinquiry.net

Written By: Center for Inquiry
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Indonesia should be given a reprimand by the United Nations.
    The problem is that the United Nations has 53 Islamic nations who would object.
    The world is very far from shaking off religious backwardness.

  2. The headline for this article says that a man was “jailed for atheism this Friday in New York City.”  So New York City now has a law against atheism?   

    Come on, headline writers — grammar matters.”Protest this Friday for Indonesian Man Jailed for Atheism” would have been more accurate.But to the real point — this is not solely a religious issue. Where is the Human Rights Commission?  Amnesty International?  p.s. I don’t post here very often.  But this will be my last until they get rid of this Disqus format. Sucks BIG time.

  3. Anyone going down to the Toronto location? Below are the coords:

    Indonesian Consulate General
    129 Jarvis Street
    Toronto Ontario M5C 2H6
    Canada

    http://www.indonesiatoronto.org

    (416) 360-4020
    Here is a link to the map from their site: 
    http://www.kemlu.go.id/toronto

    I need some sign ideas!

    Side note:
    I’ve noticed a lot of hate for Disqus, I recall we all hated the last format we seem to want to go back to. I expect we’ll hate the next format and all be begging for Disqus next. Fear of change rings a bell, salivaters
    . Time calms all fears.

  4.  … and in other news …. erm …

    I was going to do an “in other news” comment, but I really can not think of any other walk of life in which hatred generated by a group and wrought on innocent people is not a crime, but being a victim of it is!

  5. It would be better if your’s and my comments where numbered and listed in the general new comments as with discussions,as this format is difficult to reference or follow.I find it very poor,will the discussion threads go the same way.

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