Facebook comment lands atheist in jail

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.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Dharmasraya in West Sumatra.

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Comment by Sandi on February 27, 2012 at 8:46am

Every day you think crazy can't get any crazier.....

Comment by Kitty on February 27, 2012 at 8:42am

He is a brave man. He will be released, and wishes to go abroad. Meanwhile, he has most likely lost his job, and is in danger of being beaten (again) and killed. 
Oh, I bemoan the day religion became normal.  

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