Facebook comment lands atheist in jail

Activists in Indonesia demand release of man who wrote on site that he did not believe in God.

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    Human rights activists and religious scholars in Indonesia are demanding the release of a man who wrote on Facebook that he did not believe in God.

    Alexander An, a 31-year-old civil servant, is facing five years in prison after being charged with defamation of religion.

    He says he started to question the existence of God when he was a child.

    Although the country is officially secular, every Indonesian has to have a religion and register himself according to one of the official five religions.

    Step Vaessen reports from Dharmasraya in West Sumatra.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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