The Rise of Indonesian Atheism


Embedded within Indonesia’s constitution are the following two lines: “all persons have the right to worship according to their own religion or belief” and “the nation is based upon belief in one supreme God.”

Placed side by side, it’s almost as if those two lines take on a new meaning. Feel free to worship however you choose, but make sure you choose to worship.

However one interprets it, there is no question that inter-religious conflict is on the rise in Indonesia.

Recent confrontations over faith have been allowed to turn the ideal of tolerance on its head with violent and ugly results.

And while finding common religious ground among those of different faiths has always been a delicate dance, it seems there are some people who are interested in changing the tune entirely.

In greater numbers than ever before, they are standing up and doing the unthinkable: they are proclaiming that they no longer have any religious faith at all.

Written By: Marcel Thee
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  1. Religion – one of the most reactionary forces in the world today.

    All religions are fictions based upon ignorance of the real world. Despised by the knowledgeable, useful to the rulers, and fed to the workers. Social control with a fictional justice system at the end of life.

  2. These people need all the support and encouragement they can get. The longest journey starts with the first step.

    Keep up the good work and don’t be discouraged by the inevitable setbacks. jcw

    • In reply to #3 by Net:

      Qosbil Alc, who co-founded Indonesian Atheists along with Karl, said he holds no personal disdain for religion or religious groups.

      Qosbil Alc is a strangely islamic name.

      If you’d like to read the article, it explains that Qosbil was bought up in a moslem household.

  3. “The reality is, the more you learn and question things, the harder it becomes to believe in religious dogma,” Karl said.

    “One can choose to believe in something because they were taught to believe in it. But I choose to keep questioning things because I want to progress. This is my path to a happy life.”

    So true!

  4. Like so many countries over that area, islamic, but tollerant for now of other religions!
    I can see the tollerance dissappearing eventually as the fundamentalist immans get their way!
    Sad but true!
    Malaysia is similar!
    The people are very tollerant but its their government we have to watch, and the people who control them!

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