To be an atheist in Indonesia is as hard and dangerous as being a homosexual in Russia.
While in Indonesia, accusation goes to atheists as being in par with communist, confusing the act of free thinking with political idea, in Russia, a propaganda is being launched that a gay is in par with anti-christian, mixing sexual orientation with religious defamation.
Sometimes we just have to realize that, no matter how, we are living in the world full of ignorance and full of suppression, mentally and physically, to live the way certain group of people want us to live.
Many may say that they are tolerant people, but still turn blind eye when violence happens in front their eyes.
I don’t blame these people entirely. Sometimes I think, it’s because many of them don’t understand and are not well-informed due to political and religious barriers curbing them from seeing something from different perspective. That’s why I disagree if atheist and gay people hide somewhere completely, tolerating the intolerance, and making it even harder for the anti-atheist and anti-gay to understand our existence. Point taken that safety comes first. Still, there are thousands means to express ourselves, to notice the world that we are exist and function as well human beings.
To “Be yourself” is not easy. However, I believe that one day, voices will once again reunite humanity. Just like what Mandela had done to terminate the apartheid or feminist had achieved to allow women to vote in the 19 century.