Nietzsche declared “God is dead” (or “the death of God”) in Thus Spake Zarathustra.  For that work, and many others, he is widely created with creating whole new branches in Western philosophy.


In Indonesia, simply stating that “God does not exist” can land you in jail.


I wonder what the Indonesians (and others) would have done if Neitzsche were alive today.



31-year-old Alexander Aan faces up to fives years in prison after he declared himself an atheist on Facebook. The Indonesian man is in protective police custody because he fears physical assault.31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday. The Indonesian man was taken into protective police custody Friday since he was afraid of further physical assault.The posting was made on a Facebook Page titled Ateis Minang Minang Atheist, which Aan created. At the time of writing, it had over 1,700 Likes. Aan’s posting has been removed, but supporters on the Page are urging police to release him.

via Man faces five years for ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post | ZDNet.