Malaysian Government Official: “We Need to Hunt Down” Atheists

Aug 9, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

The other day, I posted about how a picture of atheists at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia went viral, leading to a government crackdown. This is a nation that, in theory, celebrates the freedom of religion, but those rules don’t apply to Muslims who leave their faith — and certainly not to Muslims who become atheists. Government officials wanted to know if there were any ex-Muslims in that picture because they could be fined or prosecuted.

It’s only getting worse now.

The government is starting to go after atheists as a whole. Not just ex-Muslims, but anyone who openly denies God’s existence.

Shahidan Kassim, a minister in President Najib Razak‘s Cabinet, said on camera that atheists in the country must be “hunted down,” because their lack of religion amounts to illegal thought crimes.

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7 comments on “Malaysian Government Official: “We Need to Hunt Down” Atheists

  • And that minister has the cheek to ask the media to help him “hunt down” the atheists. The serious and democratic media should send a diplomatic verbal note to this fellow advising him to “F..k off”. In a diplomatic way, of course.



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  • @OP – and certainly not to Muslims who become atheists. Government officials wanted to know if there were any ex-Muslims in that picture because they could be fined or prosecuted.

    I suppose that a puppet mouth-piece hosting a god-delusion, would consider those who have “murdered and exterminated ” their own god-delusions to be criminals: –
    if his god-delusion told him that was so! –
    Especially if his imam’s god-delusion confirmed this!



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  • Meanwhile: – SOME states are starting to keep their Islamic god-delusions in check – at least on SOME issues!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40947448

    Lebanon’s parliament has scrapped a law under which a rapist could be exempt from punishment if he married his victim, state media report.

    Women’s rights activists had long demanded that Article 522 of the penal code be repealed.

    Their campaign was supported by the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, who said the law was like something “from the Stone Age”.

    Similar legislation has recently been swept away in both Tunisia and Jordan.

    States retaining a comparable loophole include Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya and Syria.

    Article 522 allowed for halting the prosecution or suspending the conviction of a person who had committed rape, kidnapping, or statutory rape if he married the victim.

    One activist said the law allowed “for a second assault on a rape survivor’s rights in the name of ‘honour’ by trapping her in a marriage with her rapist”.

    A Facebook post warned that the effect of Article 522 “continues under Article 505, which involves sex with a minor who is 15 years of age, as it does through Article 518, which concerns the seduction of a minor with the promise of marriage”.

    What would a world of atheists do without “religious morality” to guide them ?! 🙂



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  • The government is starting to go after atheists as a whole. Not just
    ex-Muslims, but anyone who openly denies God’s existence.

    Another reason to have a separation between church and state.



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