Tag Archive: atheism in Egypt

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Silent Atheists in Muslim Majority Countries

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.

Ahmed el-Tayeb the grand sheik of Cairo's Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent theological institute of Sunni Islam, left, and Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic church, talk to the media in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday Jan. 2 , 2011

The Taboo of Atheism in Egypt

When I started writing this article, one idea dominated my thoughts: “I don’t want to be sent to prison.” Then I thought, religious tolerance doesn’t punish reporting about the taboo of atheism in the Egyptian society. Acknowledging the rights of atheists doesn’t mean adopting their ideas. While atheists just don’t believe in one further religion in comparison to believers, everyone should be entitled to express their ideas and thoughts without intimidation. Challenging religious oppression and rusty social traditions, many Egyptians risk their lives to uphold and protect freedoms and values of tolerance.

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