A Picture of Malaysian Atheists Has Led to a Government Crackdown on Ex-Muslims

Aug 7, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

Atheist Republic, an online Facebook group with more than 1.7 million followers around the world, frequently holds meetups for members in larger cities. It’s not just a chance to interact in person, though the importance of that shouldn’t be understated. They can do a lot more when they get to organize in person. The Metro Manila “Consulate,” for example, even raised money for disaster victims in the Philippines.

Last week, the Consulate of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia got together for dinner and drinks and they took a picture of the group to celebrate the occasion.

Taking that picture may have been a mistake.

Malaysia ostensibly has freedom of religion… but the rules don’t apply to Muslims who want to leave the faith. There are rules to prohibit — or at least make it very difficult to go through — such a (de)conversation.

So back to that picture. The Malaysian government caught wind of the photo and began wondering if there were any secret Muslims in there… because they had to be punished.

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One comment on “A Picture of Malaysian Atheists Has Led to a Government Crackdown on Ex-Muslims”

  • @OP – link:- Deputy minister: Probe underway on Muslims joining Atheist Club

    “If it is proven that there are Muslims involved in atheist activities that could affect their faith, the state Islamic religious departments or Jawi could take action.

    MMmm! – Do you think when Delusional Deputy Minister “Sherlock”, has conducted his investigation, he will conclude that “atheist activities affect their faith”?
    If it is so obviously a difficult question for an indoctrinated theist brain, he may need to convene a committee of specialists to assist him! 🙂

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