I am a student of English Literature and can not disclose my University's name and location because i'll have to face the music then, but i am from Pakistan, and the very name will ring bells, so I think I don't need to explain how we have to endure our society rather than live in it.
In my last semester I was giving a class presentation on Tess of D'Urbervilles and the gist of my presentation was that there is no God and Tess (the main character of the novel) is suffering in a Godless universe, this changed the mood of my class mates and I was quite amazed that the teacher didn;t show any amazement but it was the class that got antagonised. In Islam, according to one hadith Allah loves his creatures 70 times more than their mothers (Bukhari, Vol 8, Book 73. Good Manners And Form (Al-Adab). Hadith 029), and I said in my presnetation, 'Can a woman watch the suffering of her children? No, then how can a God who loves 70 times more than her, watch his creatures suffer like Tess" and from this I Inferred that Thomas Hardy was being sarcastic indirectly on the idea of God. This statement has made my life miserable here now, I am not allowed to speak anything related to religion or even say the name of God in my presentations as my classmates minds it and find my presentations offencive, though they always target me in their turn indirectly by calling me names and my belief in atheism as my mental degradation.
I believe one should never expose his atheism in such society unless he has sufficient means to flee from such country. That may also be an understatement because Salman Taseer, governor of the province Punjab, was killed by his own guard for criticising the apostate's punishment in Islam as 'Black Law', and was killed in the name of blasphemy. I am an atheist, I don't believe in any supernatural being and life after death and 'unfortunately' I am a writer, so you could guess now that I cannot express my mind in any way. Just wish me luck, that I may flee this country of fanatics and extremists so that I may expose their true face to the world. This discussion is just and onset for more events to come. I hope I am not alone.