Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, AUG. 4, 2013 AND THEREAFTER - Rafat Awad, a 23 year old Palestinian pharmacist, adjusts his glasses in while posing for a portrait at a shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
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Since: Jan 10
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#1 Aug 4, 2013
We need more of them.
#2 Aug 4, 2013
There are humanist, atheist, secular and other organisations for non-believers in many parts of the world, including India and Indonesia. However, they seem very rare in the Middle-East. Perhaps that is part of their problem, or a result of "faith'll-fix-it" thinking.
Religion seems to have endured or even flourished under despotic governments, even if the dictatorial regime (e.g. Assad's or Chinese Communism) is overtly secular.
Religion = superstition and it helps little apart from sectarianism.
Religion seems to be in decline where it is faced with democracy, freedom of speech, secular traditions, education and science.
Since: Sep 10
#3 Aug 4, 2013
For two reasons:
(1) Show that they exist.
(2) People only listen to those like themselves, atheism is too readily seen as a "white male" thing. Women prefer to hear from women atheists, blacks from black atheists, etc. The same goes for African and middle eastern people.
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