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Another Atheist Sentenced to Jail in Egypt

Discussion in 'Culture & Religion' started by jerrym44, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. jerrym44

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    I dont feel like we have an accurate view of what it is like to live in the
    middle east as someone from the US. Saudi Arabia still cuts of people heads for sorcery. But they are still our best ally.

    http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2015/feb...ed-in-egypt.htm#sthash.iLHVRHNd.OSDXJ5IY.dpbs

    A 22-year-old Egyptian atheist was sentenced to a year in jail for "contempt of religion" at a court hearing on Monday.

    Although atheism is not actually illegal in Egypt and the new constitution says freedom of belief is "absolute", atheists are "the country's second enemy after the Muslim Brotherhood" and are also health hazard since atheism is a cause of "mental imbalances and paranoia", according to a government-linked newspaper.

    Here's what he says about it:

    "I was taught to be a Muslim; for that my dad sent me to some Sheiks, so I memorised the Quran and more than 1000 (Hadith) until I became very religious but then I started to see the contradictions between the Quran and scientific facts, and day by day for 2 years after searching and reading I knew the truth.

    "Then I became an atheist and hid it for a few months. Then I admit it despite knowing that I might get killed any moment .. My family hasn’t talked to me for more than 4 months and I lost the majority of the people I thought were my friends and for about a year now half the people on my street don’t talk to me .. I’ve got threats every single day on my phone and my Facebook account … "

    - See more at: http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2015/feb...ed-in-egypt.htm#sthash.iLHVRHNd.OcSUMOcL.dpuf
     
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