Turtles all the way down

Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Muhammad cartoon contest on lockdown after reports of shooting

Posted by doctore0 on May 4, 2015

A “provocative” contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.

Posted in All, Religion, News & Politics | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Taboo

Posted by doctore0 on May 2, 2015

In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe.

Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Is atheism rampant in the Middle East?

Posted by doctore0 on April 28, 2015

Humanity must break away from the imaginary tyrant/man made tool in the sky, it is happening.

Just recently Ahmed Harqan, an Egyptian human rights activist, stunned television audiences all over Egypt and rest of the Arab Middle East, by claiming his non-belief in the existence of God and his profound disdain to religious scriptures and ideology.

Following this astonishing revelation, a raging debate sparked all over the Middle East, since religion has been the most sacred form of thought in these parts of the world. It was very uncommon to discuss faith and scriptures, as it was considered blasphemous to question the doctrines of religion, and was even punishable legally. But over the last few years, things have taken new dimensions; largely influenced by social media, blogosphere and YouTube, many young people have started to openly raise questions and criticise faiths and ideologies worldwide.

India and Pakistan are no exception to such scenarios. Although both countries are facing a serious crisis of religious extremism and the growth of right-wing narratives notably in the middle-class section, it has also triggered a tremendous rise of sceptics and critical thinkers. Many bloggers have started questioning myths, dogmas, doctrines and sacred texts that have been forced on to them as benign faith.

In Pakistan, people haven’t showed up in the open as any form of dissent is retaliated by bullets. But, despite threats, Pakistan has hundreds of atheism and anti-religious groups and pages mushrooming on social media. The wave of religious fascism and violence carried out in its name, which has martyred over 50,000 lives including the dire dreadful Peshawar school attack that claimed 145 lives, has pushed many in Pakistan away from the fold of religion. The pace of the communication revolution in the last decade has liberated populations from the caged mind-set.
Read more

Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Turkey’s Atheists Face Hostilities, Death Threats

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015


Onur Romano, a founding member of Turkey’s Atheism Association, opens the office and checks the mail. For once, he says, there are no death threats.

“Sometimes they send photos of some al-Qaida members chopping people off heads and putting all the heads in a bucket,” he says. “They tell us your head is going to be in one of the buckets, that’s how you are going to leave your office, stuff like that.”

In officially secular Turkey, whose population is 99 percent Muslim, atheists are voicing alarm about what they call increasing intolerance fueled by the country’s pro-Islamist government.

“Through Facebook, Twitter, emails, and to our call center, we have received a couple of hundred death threats already,” Romano continues. “We have a total of three security cameras, and we have two panic buttons hooked up to the nearest police precinct. But we are determined.”

On Turkish TV channels where growing numbers of Islamic clerics espouse their beliefs, Atheists are a popular target. Romano says much of his group’s work involves countering such views.

“We don’t insult religion, we don’t insult people’s values. All we are trying to [do] is to tell people what atheism, because our people think that atheists are people who have orgies every night, rape animals because [and] have no ethical values,” he said. “For them, ethics is equal to religion.”
Read more

Posted in All, Atheism, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Unholy Trinity Down Under: “Biblical Absurdity”

Posted by doctore0 on April 15, 2015

In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, “The Unholy Trinity Down Under”).

Posted in All, Education, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

The Sound of Muslims

Posted by doctore0 on April 5, 2015

Posted in All, Entertainment, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Another atheist blogger has been brutally hacked to death in Bangladesh

Posted by doctore0 on April 1, 2015

Religion of peace

A blogger has been hacked to death in Bangladesh’s capital by three men over alleged anti-Islamic writings, with two of the suspected attackers caught near the scene, police have said.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Biplob Kumar Sarker said that Monday’s attack on Washiqur Rahman Babu took place in Dhaka’s Tejgaon area, and that doctors declared him dead as he was taken to a government hospital shortly after.

Sarker said that two suspects were captured and that three meat cleavers were recovered.

He said the captured suspects were students at separate schools. The third suspect fled the scene.

Sarker said it was not immediately known what sort of blogging he did.

He said the suspects told police them that they targeted him for disrespecting the Prophet Mohammed.

“I stabbed him because he humiliated my prophet,” said Jikrullah, a 20-year-old student at Hathajari Madrassah in the southeastern district of Chittagong, without elaborating.

Jikrullah said he travelled from Chittagong and stayed overnight at a mosque to attack Babu
Read more

Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “Reform Islam From Within”

Posted by doctore0 on March 23, 2015

ABC News, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, 3-22-2015,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Manal Omar, with Martha Raddatz

Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Watch A Knight Get Conservatives To Sign Up For The New Holy War

Posted by doctore0 on March 9, 2015

“We sent comedian Dan Ilic, dressed as a knight, to #CPAC2015 to sign up conservatives for Bill O’Reilly’s Holy War against ISIS.”

Posted in All, Entertainment, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

Posted by doctore0 on March 5, 2015

It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association.

The Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to block the association’s website, according to the group’s statement on March 3, 2015.

As of March 4, Turkish internet users could not access without using tools to bypass blockings, such as a VPN.

The court ruling cites Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.”

The association has issued a statement to criticize the blocking. “Three months ago, the European Space Agency managed to put Philae on a one-km wide comet named 67P, which has a speed of 135,00p km/h, after a 3,907-day-long journey to a location 500 million km away. Meanwhile, courts in Turkey are still busy blocking websites, citing laws with vague expressions and trying to make a certain belief dominate the others,” it stated.

The Atheism Association also described the court’s decision as “a historic example of accumulating legislative, executive and judicial powers in one hand,” claiming that Turkey is “drifting away from the level of modern civilizations as fast as its judiciary system drifts away from reason.”
Read more

Posted in All, News & Politics, Religion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 281 other followers

%d bloggers like this: