FTA: With Indonesia’s ‘heresy app’, religious harmony hasn’t a prayer
“People have been fired from their jobs, kicked out of their homes, and even disowned by their parents,” he says. “People should make the decision to be open, or not, by themselves, but [they] should absolutely be ready for the consequences of doing so.”
He believes that most religious sermonising blasphemes against other religions, but it’s always the minorities, including atheists, who are threatened by Indonesia’s blasphemy law. He has managed to stay relatively safe because he lives in the US and works for a well-known global company.
Indonesia’s various atheist communities – IA and the forums that emerged in its wake – now have memberships ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands.
Indonesia has a dominant religious fanaticism because the US supported Islamic fanatics and the military against a secular democratic government in 1965. This coup was a genocidal one that killed almost a million. Yet another case where Islamic fanatics were used to further the interests of imperialist US corporations.