Legislating Belief

In my previous post, I made the claim that laws mandating belief cannot succeed in making people believe; all they can do is require people to claim to believe. Here’s proof of that.

“[Alexander Aan]  has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail and fined $10,598 for professing his atheism on the internet, Al Jazeera has reported.”

For arguing about the validity of religious claims, he’s going to prison for 2.5 years. Why? Because the Indonesian constitution demands that all citizens follow a religion, and if you appear to be trying to deconvert anyone there, you are committing a crime. I wonder how the Pastafarian defense would play out there? Somehow I doubt they’d be amused. This is what theocracy looks like—if you disagree with the government, you go to jail.

The Friendly Atheist blog has more, including information about how to contact Indonesian authorities and how to donate to Aan’s legal defense fund.

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