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.
HISHAM: I’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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