Living a double life: Indonesia’s atheists fear jail or worse

Source: The Jakarta Post

BY Harry Pearl

Agence France-Presse

Jakarta | Wed, July 11, 2018 | 12:59 pm

Living a double life: Indonesia's atheists fear jail or worseAn Indonesian man views the Facebook page of Atheist Minang, operated by a group of Indonesians with godless beliefs, at an internet shop in Jakarta on February 2, 2012. A defiant declaration of atheism by an Indonesian civil servant has inflamed passions in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, pitting non-believers and believers against each other. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)

As a university student, Luna Atmowijoyo prayed five times a day, refused to shake hands with men who weren’t relatives and was “more fundamentalist” than her pious Muslim parents.

But a decade later, Atmowijoyo has turned her back on Islam and is among a small number of atheists in Indonesia who live in fear of jail or violent reprisals from religious hardliners.

Leading a double life — devout Muslim on the outside, non-believer on the inside — is often the only choice for atheists in the world’s biggest Muslim majority country.

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