Authoritarian regimes and religious institutions in the Muslim majority world see eye-to-eye on the topic of atheism. United by their fear of losing control over their populations and their desire for conformity, consecutive governments have pushed for unfair restrictions on their subjects’ beliefs since their inception. But even in society, non-belief remains a taboo. Should atheists in Muslim majority world become more vocal?
Ameen Rhayem could face up to a year in jail if he is charged with violating Lebanon’s Article 534 “simply for loving another man.” The activist makes that point in a video produced by Beirut-based sexual-rights group the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) in advance of the country’s elections on Sunday, the first vote in nine years.
AUSTRALIA – An openly gay Imam is hoping to open Australia’s first LGBT-friendly mosque within the next year.
The Alexandria police have arrested nine men for being homosexual, according to the Egypt Independent Newspaper.
Yes, atheism in Tunisia is diverse and vibrant.
Statistics on atheism in the Middle East and North Africa are hazy, but analysts say that atheists, who have to hide their atheism, represent an increasing trend based on recent developments.
Kurdistan Conflict and Crisis Research Center (KCCRC), a partner of Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal hosted Ahmed Haji Rasheed, Iraqi MP and Head of Parliament financial Committee on 8th November 2017. Below you will find the transcript and a summary of an interview with Mr Haji Rasheed and the most important questions and answers, as it was prepared by the MPC Journal’s partner KCCRC.
Tunisia has promised to stop forcing people suspected of being gay to undergo anal examinations.
Religious people “cling” to certain beliefs in the face of evidence because those views are closely tied to their moral compasses, new studies have suggested.