Who has signed the Alexander Aan petition?
Posted: 26 July 2012 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and to free Alexander Aan.
Earlier this year, Indonesian civil servant Alexander Aan posted on Facebook that he doubted the existence of God. He was then attacked and beaten by an angry mob, and arrested for blasphemy.

On June 14, Aan was convicted of “disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostility,” sentenced to 30 months in prison, and saddled with a large fine. Now many Indonesians are calling for his death.

By punishing Aan, Indonesia is violating its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees every person the rights to freedom of belief and expression. We petition the Obama administration to call upon the Indonesian government to immediately release Alexander Aan and improve its protections for religious dissidents and nonbelievers.

They need 25,000 signatures by August 16 and as of today they are just under 5,000.

Link: Call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and to free Alexander Aan

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Posted: 26 July 2012 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So what happens at 25,000?  Barry threatens to not bow to Indonesian President Yudhoyono? 

Pat Condell sized up Obama perfectly in Obama’s sickening and pathetic ignoring of the systematic murder of hundreds or possibly thousands of Christians in one Muslim nation.  What’s one atheist in another Muslim nation to Barry?  How can helping Aan help Barry?  It can’t.  It’s 4 months before the Presidential Election.  Barry only cares about himself and the power that comes with the Presidency.  He’s not going to do anything that can harm his election chances by embroiling himself in an unnecessary international diplomatic fracas. 

Besides, Barry was raised in Indonesia and won’t want to “offend” them.  He’s already on the outs with the Muslim world.  They hate him more than they did Bush.  And if they hate him, they sure as heck don’t respect him or anything he would ask of them.  They see him as weak. 
 

I’m not unsympathetic to the plight of Aan, but looking to Barry for help is a fool’s errand.  And an online survey is worth less thant he paper it isn’t printed on.  Look at gays in his own country.  Barry voted “present” on them and their right to marry.  He won’t go to bat for them when it comes to equal rights, but he will take their money and their votes.  Aan has neither to offer.  Another route will be needed to help Aan.

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Posted: 26 July 2012 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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FreeinKy: many thanks for sharing our petition. I would urge everyone here to sign and spread it widely.

Rocinante: if we reach 25,000 signatures, we are guaranteed an official response from the administration. Our goal is not, and has never been, to have Barack Obama take on this cause. Obviously we would welcome that, but as you note, it’s highly unlikely. Instead, our main goal is to bring Aan’s plight to the attention of the State Department, which often speaks out on behalf of people persecuted for their religious beliefs, or lack thereof:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/07/194762.htm

Also: 25,000 signatures and a formal response would all but assure some media attention, which would help raise consciousness about this case and the broader issue of freedom of belief and expression worldwide.

I hope this helps.

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Posted: 26 July 2012 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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By the way, CFI has already done quite a bit of work on this issue. Here is a roundup of links:

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/center_for_inquiry_condemns_jailing_of_indonesian_atheist_for_inciting_reli/

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/center_for_inquiry_calls_for_alexander_aans_freedom_in_letter_to_indonesian/

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/alexander_aan_writes_letter_from_indonesian_prison/

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/how_you_can_help_alexander_aan/

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/be_a_hero_in_less_than_five_minutes/

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/urgent_tell_the_president_to_speak_out_for_jailed_atheist_alexander_aan/

Also, you might like to know the Washington Post picked up on the story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/atheists-rally-for-persecuted-unbeliever-in-indonesia/2012/07/19/gJQAfg2JwW_story.html

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Posted: 27 July 2012 05:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks for the links, Michael.

Folks, if you are sympathetic to the plight of Alexander Aan—and what non-theist would not be—then look at it this way. What could signing the petition hurt? It might not help, but we’ll never know if they don’t meet the threshold.

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Posted: 28 July 2012 10:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Tried to sign the petition.  Was unable to set up an account.  Help.

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