Those persecuted Atheists

As a follow up to yesterdays post on Christian Persecution, here’s some info on what it’s like to be an atheist.

Saudi Arabia has declared all atheists to be terrorists.

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

It doesn’t really matter, as atheism is already considered a crime worthy of death.

Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for their beliefs (or non-belief) according to a new, comprehensive report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union out on Tuesday. All 13 countries identified by the study are Muslim majority.

The countries that impose these penalties are Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. With the exception of Pakistan, those countries all allow for capital punishment against apostasy, i.e., the renunciation of a particular religion. Pakistan, meanwhile, imposes the death penalty for blasphemy, which can obviously include disbelief in God.

It’s easy for me here. I don’t face any repercussions at all for being an outspoken atheist. I don’t work, so any job prospects can’t be compromised, and I most certainly do not have any fear for my life or safety in any way. The most serious consequences I have ever faced was to be targeted by a few radicals out top save my soul and the souls of those I was corrupting. Hardly worthy of mention. However, even in Canada, a declaration of atheism would not endear a politician to voters, and in certain areas could impact employment.

Here in North America, there are a great many religious leaders fighting to curtail the rights of people they perceive as ‘others’. Gays, Lesbians, Transgenders, Atheists, Muslims, immigrants, and others. Their condemnation leads to violence and they reuse to accept their culpability in the actions of their followers. Love the sinner, and hate the sin may make some people feel better, but the so called sinner is the one who suffers when the sin is punished.

I’m not brave. I’m safe here. I really don’t think I would have the courage to stand up and speak out if my life was on the line.

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