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A response from an atheist from an Islamic country

The comment below was made in response to my last post regarding the difficulty in reaching out to non-believers in the Middle East. I think it is easy for many of us in the United States to be ignorant of the everyday struggles faced by our counterparts around the world, especially in Islamic nations.  This person’s comment, I think, is in some senses a call to action for those of us who are fortunate to be able to freely express our views.  How can we more demonstratively act in solidarity?

I agree. I myself originated from an Islamic country (unable to disclose) and are currently in the UK seeking asylum because of my Atheism. People in Islamic countries does not have any support for them facing the daily lives and tyranny of being forced into believing something that they don’t want to believe. Majority of Muslims are in the delusional state that they are in a war between forces of ‘good and evil’ in which for them being a Muslim and Islam is a force of good.

Unfortunately, although I am from an Islamic country, it’s nowhere near the Middle East. It’s a country in which boasts itself as being ‘multicultural’ yet if you research on it, it has a lot history of breaking even the most fundamental of human rights – which explains why it is not part of the United Nation Covenant on Civil Political Right (because they believe it is an ‘evil’ western agenda to confuse the Muslim majority). And according to the country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Human Rights DOES NOT apply to Muslims so they don’t have the right to chose their faith and apostasy is punished to either death or severe mental and physical torture at their Islamic Re-education Center until one repent and becomes a Muslim again.
 
Atheists like myself don’t want to run and seek asylum in another country, but with no one protecting us and the government (in which we contributed in tax payments wanted to prosecute us), what choices do we have?
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2 Comments

  1. Michael T.
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that is a poignant quote and gives good insight into the plight of our fellow atheists in Islamic countries.

    May we soon be able to reach out to them and help them…

  2. Phoenix James Ryder
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately, although I am from an Islamic country, it’s nowhere near the Middle East. It’s a country in which boasts itself as being ‘multicultural’ yet if you research on it, it has a lot history of breaking even the most fundamental of human rights – which explains why it is not part of the United Nation Covenant on Civil Political Right (because they believe it is an ‘evil’ western agenda to confuse the Muslim majority). And according to the country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Human Rights DOES NOT apply to Muslims so they don’t have the right to chose their faith and apostasy is punished to either death or severe mental and physical torture at their Islamic Re-education Center until one repent and becomes a Muslim again.

    Atheists like myself don’t want to run and seek asylum in another country, but with no one protecting us and the government (in which we contributed in tax payments wanted to prosecute us), what choices do we have?

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