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Jakarta Post

Non-believers stick to their conviction

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 18 2010   /  12:03 pm

On the surface, Jakarta appears to be a religious city in which the most incendiary of conflicts occur between majority Muslims and minority groups of other religions.

This is after all a country that believes in one God as the first principle of its state ideology.

However, not everyone in the city is a believer.

Non-believers, be they atheists or agnostics, do not fit into any demographic category — the state demands citizens adopt one of the six recognized beliefs. However, those looking to categorize non-believers may do well to note that the vast majority of them are young and well-read.

“There is no valid reason to believe in the existence of God,” self-avowed atheist Restu Rochayat told The Jakarta Post, before telling his story about his struggle to live in a devoutly religious family.

The 22-year-old university student said that being an ...