In Indonesia, Alexander Aan was jailed for two-and-a-half years for Facebook posts on atheism.
In Tunisia, two young atheists, Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji, were sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for Facebook postings that were judged blasphemous.
In Turkey, pianist and atheist Fazil Say faces jail for “blasphemous” tweets.
In Greece, Phillipos Loizos created a Facebook page that poked fun at Greeks’ belief in miracles and is now charged with insulting religion.
In Egypt, 17-year-old Gamal Abdou Massoud was sentenced to three years in jail, and Bishoy Kamel was imprisoned for six years, both for posting “blasphemous” cartoons on Facebook.
The founder of Egypt’s Facebook Atheists, Alber Saber, faces jail time (he will be sentenced on 12 December).
Headline points from The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) report Freedom of Thought 2012. The IHEU bringing together more than 100 Humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, and freethought organisations from forty different countries.
It is very easy to take for granted that this blogger can say there is no god, argue that religion poisons everything on this blog, and know there will be no knock on the door for stating that.
Humanism is a global idea. That empathy can transcend kin, culture, geography, creed. As such the cause of secularism to promote freedom of thought is not confined to the backyard.
Keep informed, tell people, and let those that would surpress free thought spoken in public know we will add our voice.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog