"Mohammed Hisham at 'Celebrating Dissent'" by De Balie / CC BY 3.0

Atheist Kicked Off Egyptian TV Show Now Says He’s Safely in Another Country

Sep 30, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

It was more than a year ago when Mohamed Hisham (also spelled “Hashem” in older articles) appeared on the Egyptian channel Alhadath Alyoum TV (“Egyptian Street”) and spoke openly about his atheism. It was quite a feat considering authorities say there are literally only 866 atheists in the country.

Hisham’s appearance didn’t go over well with host Mahmoud Abd Al-Halim or the former Deputy Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mahmoud Ashour. Both men urged Hisham to see a psychiatrist for his obvious mental illness before he corrupted even more Egyptian youth.

HISHAMI’m an atheist, which means I don’t believe in the existence of God. I don’t believe in Him.

ASHOUR: What? What was that?

HISHAM: I’m an atheist, which means I don’t believe in the existence of God. I don’t believe in Him. That’s what atheism means. I don’t need religion to have moral values or to be a productive member of society.

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