Arab atheists, though few, inch out o...

Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows

There are 3 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from Aug 3, 2013, titled Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that:

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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“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#1 Aug 4, 2013
We need more of them.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#2 Aug 4, 2013
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/...

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

Earth

#3 Aug 4, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
We need more of them.
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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