by Stuart Winer
A recent debate about atheists on Egyptian TV deteriorated into a shouting match after the guest nonbeliever objected to the host describing atheist views as “unfortunate.”
Human rights activist and declared atheist Ahmed Harqan faced off against two others as a guest on the Al-Assema channel on November 3 for a discussion of his ideology. The talk show was hosted by actress and presenter Rania Mahmoud Yassin.
Yassin cheerfully introduced the segment by saying, “Atheism is not a new phenomenon, but unfortunately it exists in our society,” according to a translation of the exchange provided by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
“The truth is that the phenomenon has begun spreading like wildfire,” she continued. “Unfortunately, it exists in Egypt. By now we have 866 atheists, and they have a significant presence in social media.”
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