Atheists: the new persecuted minority, international report concludes

Dec 18, 2014

Religion News Service photo by Brian Pellot

By Bob Churchill

Atheists, humanists and liberals are now the targets of hate campaigns, according to a new Freedom of Thought Report, which found that some countries find the idea of atheism as a popular movement a threat to the prevailing order.

The report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union demonstrates a shift away from viewing atheists, humanists and secular liberals as merely apostates.

For example: Saudi Arabia is no friend of human rights and punishes apostasy with death (or, more often, enforced recantation and Quranic learning). But in January, Saudi Arabia enacted a new law equating “atheism” in itself with “terrorism.”

Another example: In May, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak branded humanism and secularism, as well as liberalism, as “deviant.” To Najib, this combined secular worldview is a kind of “new religion.”


 

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7 comments on “Atheists: the new persecuted minority, international report concludes

  • @OP For example: Saudi Arabia is no friend of human rights and punishes apostasy with death (or, more often, enforced recantation and Quranic learning). But in January, Saudi Arabia enacted a new law equating “atheism” in itself with “terrorism.”

    To the bronze-age, brain-addled mythicicsts, the very existence of well balanced competent atheists, is a negation of their strawman wooist constructs.

    Meanwhile Saudi-Arabia continues to arm terrorist and rebel forces in the middle east.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19874256
    BBC News has uncovered evidence that appears to suggest that weapons intended for the Saudi military have been diverted to Syrian rebels.

    Three crates from an arms manufacturer – addressed to Saudi Arabia – have been seen in a base being used by rebel fighters in the city of Aleppo.



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  • some countries find the idea of atheism as a popular movement a threat to the prevailing order.

    And of course they are right: the fact that someone thinks for her/himself flies right in the face of totalitarian regimes -especially the religion fuelled ones.

    Religion is perhaps the most effective tool to subjugate human beings and reduce them to obedience to some power who claims to come directly from the most convenient god. Religion is maybe the biggest sponsor for totalitarims in history -and it’s obvious why, if one begins to unchain her/his curiosity and question things without assuming god as the ansewr from the start, systems of power that have derived their authority from religion feel very threatened indeed.

    I think a religion (or anything else) that promotes a substantial shutdown of intellect and curiosity in favor of prostration and blind obedience is a collectove rape of humanity. To me it amounts to the same cruelty of mangling a cheetah’s legs, slicing off an elephant’s trunk or making a whale deaf and mute… It’s wicked, it’s disrespectful and evil. And it must be fought, by keeping our cortexes on and at flat out.



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  • Well of course…Saudi Arabia and Malaysia…and others…as if atheists there are the only ones persecuted. LOL…don’t make me laugh.



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  • @OP – Another example: In May, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak branded humanism and secularism, as well as liberalism, as “deviant.”

    It certainly deviates from dogmatic, circular, faith-thinking.

    To Najib, this combined secular worldview is a kind of “new religion.”

    To Najib, this combined secular worldview is a kind of **evidenced-based, new rational substitute for religions,* but it is understandable that a faith-head, faith-thinker, would have difficulty grasping this concept!



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