Sign the Alexander Aan petition

Show the power of atheists in the United States.  If you have a few minutes, go sign this petition.  Please.

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.

This is important.  Were it you in his shoes, you’d expect every atheist available to do whatever they could do.  The least you can do is sign a petition.

I am signature 6,373.  Which one are you?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Lady Godfrey

    I’m #760. Glad to see so many signatures.

  • Richard


  • Kaoru Negisa

    6392. Richard just beat me. Also, was that our Dr. B at 6379?

  • (e)m

    signed it somewhere around 1100 or something like that.
    Spread the information on facebook too. No one cared. It didn’t get shared. I even sent the information to my mom. She said that she doesn’t care about people in other countries, that I’ve just got a chip on my shoulder about atheism. She also said that unless he is in an oil produceing country, no one in the government is going to care anyway. JT you are lucky to have such awesome parents who support you.

    I doubt that enough people will sign. To many people are just like the ones I know. If it doesn’t affect them directly, they can just ignore it.

  • ZeLinator

    I think one of the problems with trying to get peeps to sign this is the required registration before one can sign. The user needs to make an account before they can sign the petition, and I think some people are, “Yeah, fuck that.” I didn’t like making an account to sign this. Just saying.

  • Manoj Joseph


  • John Horstman

    Looks like I was #4412; I tried spreading this back when I signed it, also not a huge response, and half the people I know are atheists.

  • Banned Atheist


  • tonyagudo

    I signed it just over a week ago. I’m signature #5,671.

  • SpriteSuzi

    Signature 6431 here – thanks for spreading the word!

  • Mary


  • jessewhitworth

    #5,006. I got my mother to sign, but I also posted on Facebook to not much response. Sometimes I wonder if my Atheist and Agnostic friends are jaded and cynical, or just apathetic.

  • Tyler

    #6464. Thanks for bringing some much needed publicity to this!

  • Glodson


  • anthonyallen

    I’m not a US citizen, and I feel it would be unethical of me to contribute to something that could affect your government’s foreign policy. However, my MP just happens to also be the Prime Minister.

    Letter on the way :)