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(RNS) What was supposed to be a slamdunk for nontheists has become a slap in the face as a petition on behalf of a jailed Indonesian atheist failed to attract even one-third of the signatures it needed to gain White House attention. By Kimberly Winston.

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous User

    I suspect that a large percentage of the audience is not American. You have to be American to sign a white house petition.

  2. I agree with the Anonymous User. I would have signed, but I was not permitted. I think it would have been better to have a more open petition on something like change.org. It certainly worked for Trayvon’s family. If the goal is to correct the situation, you want as much human cooperation as possible, and you don’t want to limit the people who can try to fix it. The White House ultimately boils down to just one man. All members of all governments should be working on this.

  3. I think the issue draws a pang of sympathy from those who, atheist or not, appreciate religious perspectives and don’t entirely discount the “doing good in the world” defense. And so they won’t fully commit to this kind of thing. I like to observe that the hypocrisy is that Religious People want their beliefs to be treated with respect, yet they will not afford that respect to those of differing or no belief. One of the beliefs religious people want respect for is the belief that it is okay to disrespect other people’s beliefs! “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God”, and such.

  4. @Zack: I see a whole lot of ridicule and disrespect for theists on non-theist blogs, even the so-called “Friendly Atheist.” This is a problem that goes both ways.

  5. FYI there is a petition on change.org

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-of-indonesia-release-of-an-atheist-sentenced-to-two-and-a-half-years-in-prison

    Please sign. Take care.

  6. I belong to lots of atheist groups on FB and totally would have signed and reposted many times but this it literally the first I’ve heard of it!