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"Egyptian Parliament Considers Outlawing Atheism"

Discussion in 'Middle Eastern Politics' started by Skwim, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Skwim

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    It may soon be a criminal offense to be an atheist in Egypt.

    Shortly before New Year’s Day, the Egyptian Parliament considered enacting a law that would make it illegal to profess no belief in God. It is already against Egyptian law to “insult” or “defame” religion, and blasphemy arrests are on the rise. A conviction can bring up to five years in prison.

    The new measure would criminalize the act of not believing in God — no insults or defamation of another faith required.

    The legislation was proposed Dec. 24 by Amro Hamroush, head of the Parliament’s committee on religion.

    “It must be criminalized and categorized as contempt of religion because atheists have no doctrine and try to insult the Abrahamic religions,” Hamroush said in announcing the proposed law.

    The legislation has the support of Egypt’s highest Islamic religious organization, the Al-Azhar. Mohamed Zaki, an Al-Azhar official, called it necessary “to punish those who have been seduced into atheism.”
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    Other than the idiocy of the position, what really got me was the reasoning for the punishment as mentioned in the last sentence.

    "[it's] necessary “to punish those who have been seduced into atheism.”
    Being seduced means one's critical thinking skills were " raped" and replaced by something one would normally not consider. In fact, the analogy to rape is a good one. The Al-Azhar official's stance is no different than blaming the victim of a rape for the rape.

    Islam, go figure.

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    They should at least make it interesting. Legalize all forms of drugs in Egypt but outlaw Aethism. Just to see how many will see the light and cross over.
     
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    Interesting, "no compulsion in religion".
     
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    Can you imagine a Christian country contemplating such a measure in this day and age?
     
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    Yes, although the US was founded on the idea of freedom and liberty, maybe that's not want some people want. Maybe they want security and guidance. If enough folks want security instead...
     
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    Yeah, the sixth lion wanted antelope, but had to settle for buffalo.
     
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    "Egyptian Parliament Considers Outlawing Atheism"

    I don't believe that.
     
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    Looks like that verse is taken very selectively.
     
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    Abdul kareem nabeel suleiman America got 4 years for being anti religious in 2007 ithink, he was also critical of the president and Al azhar , great blogger.
     
  11. 9-10ths_Penguin

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    Fun fact: it's illegal in your country and mine for the head of state to be Catholic.

    Edit: and your country didn't appeal its law for mandatory church attendance until 1888: Act of Uniformity 1558 - Wikipedia
     
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    Why doesn't this come as any surprise.
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    Not so long ago, professing capitalism in the Soviet Union would have gotten you sent to Siberia or worse. In too many places today, including in several nations, thought crimes still exist.

    The sad state of affairs in 13 nations The 13 countries where being an atheist is punishable by death

    On a Muslim news site, one comment was: As usual, with most so-called Muslim govts, they are bringing their own opinions which also happen to contradict the very Sharia they say they are abiding by, but have become mind-readers instead and in the process committing shirk. Egyptian Parliament considers outlawing atheism
     
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    And of the 13 countries listed, Islam is the major religion in 12 of them. In Nigeria religious affiliation is divided pretty equally between Islam and Christianity. 48.80% and 49.30% respectively.

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    Its a play on words. "Atheist", "I don't believe that". Its a joke. Play on words.:cool: Of course I belive that the Egyptian govt. would outlaw atheism.
     
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    Libertarians all think alike. Atheists all think alike. Muslims all think alike.
     
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    Egypt isn't a democracy.
     
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    Note the difference between a comment about a religion, & about its adherents.
    (They're not the same.)
     
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