Abdel Aziz Mohamed Albaz is staring down the death penalty in Kuwait. His crime? Not believing in god, and being vocal about it. Albaz was arrested on charges of blasphemy, and he now faces dire consequences for his non-belief. A protest was scheduled for today at the Kuwaiti embassy in NYC (I have as of yet not heard any updates regarding this effort), and his hearing has been scheduled for February 28.
In situations like this, it is easy to feel helpless to someone so far away. But for Albaz, you can do something. A petition to the government of Kuwait has been released online, and you can and should sign it.
The petition reads:
Whether you are an Atheist or a Muslim or a Christian, nobody deserves to be jailed or punished for having atheistic views. He did not hurt anybody. He did not steal, he did not assault anyone, he did not vandalize someone’s property. He is simply a well articulated Egyptian Atheist who speaks his mind. He expressed himself in writing peacefully a rather gentle articles. We need your help to pressure the Kuwaiti government to release him from this unjust imprisonment.
Please join us in DEFENSE of free speech and freedom of thought.
It only takes a minute, and it could save a person’s life.
This issue has been covered on other atheist sites, including the Atheist Experience. I encourage you to read as much as you can.