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A life without God in Iraq

Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 6, 2014


Despite its dangers and taboos in the conflict-ridden nation, some Iraqi youth are turning towards atheism. Mariwan Salihi met a few of them.

One of the Iraqi capital’s most vocal young activists, who uses the pseudonym Omar Al-Baghdadi for his own security, is often described as “Baghdad’s Converter.” His mission, among others, is to enlighten his friends and other young people about atheism.

“I became an atheist at an early age, after I investigated my former religion, Islam, in depth. I discovered that my religion is not the only one that exists on earth; there are more than 1100 other faiths and their followers all claim that their religion tells the absolute truth. So religion is a form of Dogma,” the 22-year old engineer and activist says from his home in one of the major Sunni-inhabited areas of Baghdad.

“My parents know I am an atheist, and so do my friends”

According to Al-Baghdadi, most of the writings in the Islamic holy book, the Koran, are labeled as “scientific facts,” which he believes are mostly incorrect. “It has many mistakes,” he adds, claiming that even the ancient Hindu scripts from India, the Vedas, contain more accurate facts than the Koran.

The fact that Omar chose to have no religion, and categorizes himself as an atheist, is no secret to his immediate circle of family and friends.

“My parents know I am an atheist, and so do my friends. My brother, Ahmed, became an atheist too after I led him to some books, and discussing with him about many topics regarding science and philosophy. Even most of my friends have become atheists now,” he claims, because of his posts on social media sites like Facebook.

Although his parents have accepted his choice, and respect him for his intellectuality, he also admits that they “hate it” when he tells them that “there’s no God.”

“Not everyone’s parents or family accept atheism, so some of us might hide our convictions from them.”

But he proudly says, that they have the support of other liberal, secular and atheist individuals and politicians in the country, which he declines to name.

“In the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections, in April, atheists will cast their votes for the secular political blocks and parties,” Omar predicts.
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Atheists Want Bibles Removed From University Guest Rooms

Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 4, 2014

A pro-atheism legal group just got all Bibles removed from University of Wisconsin guest rooms. The Freedom From Religion Foundation says state-run universities have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion

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Jesus and Mo cartoonist talks to Paxman

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 30, 2014

Jeremy Paxman spoke to the creator of the Jesus and Mo cartoons behind the Liberal Democrats’ free speech row

http://www.jesusandmo.net/ <–

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David Silverman & Two Funny Delusionists

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 21, 2014

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David Silverman: Religion Is A Superstition!

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 14, 2014

Yep, religion = pure superstition, organized superstition!

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Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 14, 2014


An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK for religious reasons – because he is an atheist.

The man fled to the UK from a conflict involving his family in Afghanistan in 2007, aged 16, and was allowed to stay in the UK until 2013.

He was brought up a Muslim, but during his time in the UK became an atheist, his legal team said.

They said he would face persecution and possibly a death sentence if he was returned to Afghanistan.

The team was from the University of Kent’s Law School which offers legal services through its Kent Law Clinic.
‘Entitled to protection’

They believe it is the first time a person has been granted asylum in the UK on the basis of their atheism.
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The decision represents an important recognition that a lack of religious belief is in itself a thoughtful and seriously-held philosophical position”

Lawyers lodged a submission to the Home Office under the 1951 Refugee Convention which aims to protect people from persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

They said the man’s return to Afghanistan could result in a death sentence under Sharia law as an apostate – someone who has abandoned their religious faith – unless he remained discreet about his atheist beliefs.

But because every aspect of daily life and culture in Afghanistan is permeated by Islam living discreetly would be virtually impossible, they said.
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In Reason We Trust

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 13, 2014

Here’s the 95 minute version of Scott Burdick documentary based largely on the Reason Rally in Washington DC. It features interviews with Richard Dawkins, Adam Savage of “Myth Busters,” Greg Graffin of Bad Religion (plus a performance of their “Think Before You Die” song), Eddie Izzard, Lawrence Krause, Tim Minchin, and many others.

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Atheists of Color

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 2, 2014

This short documentary is intended to show the world what it is like to be an African-American Atheist. American culture often assumes that being Black also means being religious, and the mainstream media reinforces this stereotype.

The purpose of this video is not to convert, but to give people something to think about.

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Atheist group saves Christmas for Oklahoma family claiming poor treatment by church

Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 2, 2014

Happy new year!

An Oklahoma mother said atheists saved Christmas for her family after she was treated poorly by a church charity.

Tiffany Wait said she and her husband went to Bible Baptist Church’s Toy Shop on Christmas morning to get gifts for their 7-month-old son but were turned away when she declined to hand over the baby for a volunteer to hold.

“I am poor and would not be able to celebrate Christmas this year without their charity,” Wait said. “I went last year and it was a life saver. This year however, I was treated shockingly bad.”

She said she didn’t want to hand over her baby, who doesn’t like strangers, but the volunteer insisted she had to or the family couldn’t participate in the giveaway.

“I stood there, fighting back tears and asked, ‘You would turn a baby away on Christmas,’” Wait said.

But she said the volunteers refused to make an exception, and Wait said one woman tried to take the child away from her.

Another woman eventually passed a toy to the front of the line and gave it to Wait, she said.

She later posted the story on social media, where Oklahoma Atheists members saw it and decided to help the family.

“We had several people donate things and send her money through a PayPal,” said the group’s director, Red McCall, who said Christmas had become a secular holiday.

“Her Christmas was ruined,” he said. “The big message here is Tiffany was discriminated against, and if someone needs help we are going to help them. It doesn’t matter what their beliefs are.”

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Atheism In Politics: The Last Taboo

Posted by Mr DoctorE on December 28, 2013

Hardball, with Michael Smerconish, MSNBC, 12-27-2013, with Ron Reagan (atheist)

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