Egypt Reportedly Set to Pass Law Criminalizing Atheism

Dec 26, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

We’ve known for a long time now that Egypt is not a safe country for atheists. People who have said publicly that they’re atheists, like Karim al-Banna and Alber Saber, have received prison sentences of up to three years for the crime of “blasphemy” or religious contempt.

In 2014, government officials said (in an eerily specific way) that there were exactly 866 atheists in the country. It was a way of suggesting they knew who the people were and that the number was getting lower all the time. But in a country of nearly 95 million people, there’s no way that number was even close to accurate. Estimates put the true number anywhere from two million to four million.

Still, over the past few years, atheism itself wasn’t a crime. You only broke the law if you promoted it publicly. That’s why managing a Facebook group for atheists or criticizing Islam put those activists in the government’s crosshairs. That’s also why millions of potential atheists were rounded down to under 1,000: They knew it was safer to remain in the closet.

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2 comments on “Egypt Reportedly Set to Pass Law Criminalizing Atheism

  • This is an indication the religiots are getting rattled by a growing number of unbeleivers.
    As the article points out 866 is hardly the truth.

    Still nothing like making it illegal to make it more popular. Atheism must be worrying the lawmakers so they are having their own doubts and lack faith themselves.



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  • Tim Smith #1
    Dec 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Still nothing like making it illegal to make it more popular. Atheism must be worrying the lawmakers so they are having their own doubts and lack faith themselves.

    Any departure from their delusions worries them!
    They attack Christians too! – Not to mention other discriminatory laws against anyone not of Islamic faith!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36391383

    Christian men cannot marry Muslim women in Egypt without converting to Islam first. Sexual relations between people who are not married to each other are taboo among both Muslims and Christians there.

    Copts make up about a tenth of the country’s population of 90 million people.

    Houses were set on fire and an elderly woman was stripped of her clothing and paraded naked through the streets of a village in Egypt on Friday.

    Inter-religious violence erupted in Minya province after rumours of a love affair between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.

    The Church said that after the Christian man had fled the village, his mother was beaten, insulted, stripped of her clothes and paraded through the streets by a group of people.

    Egyptian media said there were up to 300 people involved.

    Muslims torched six or seven Christian homes in the village on the same day.

    Later, Christians burned down three Muslim homes. Six people were arrested.

    Ah! Those faithful Egyptians – enjoying the benefits of “religious moral standards” and religion based laws! – Peace be upon them all! 🙂



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