Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban


Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban

Saudis (specifically the younger Saudis), are slowly becoming irreligious of Islam. According to the article, the reason for this is because of the government’s circumventing the true beliefs of Islam for the sake of maintaining control and power amongst the people.

It is interesting that people are relating their reverence to their belief according to the actions of their superiors, and I do not mean interesting from the perspective of my own negativity  towards this type of respect, but it shows that people have a lot more respect for religious figures than said religious figures are willing to reciprocate in their treatment of those that are under them. I believe that this is generally a misrepresentation of religion and leadership.

In America this is also occurring, but the dynamic of family plays more of a role in the consequences of abandoning faith than does the government of America. The advantage of American conservatives and American liberals has more to do with votes than it does the government’s desire for its citizens to maintain a Christian moral(Unless, maybe, you were to ask some Tea Party members –correct me if I am wrong!). But Saudis have more of a battle on their hands when it comes to leaving their respective faith; they face jail time, being labeled as atheist, and lashes. Their fight for their freedom as thinkers depends on the government’s willingness to relinquish their hold on minds of people who no longer wish to believe.Every person should be free to believe as they wish regarding religion. No person should be forced to believe anything especially because this type of enforcement does not allow for the individual  to believe for themselves, making their own decisions. An individual forced into a faith is possibly inclined to rebel for liberation.

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7 thoughts on “Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban

  1. This can be good but yet bad at the same time. Good because, for one, it may allow Christian religion to flourish and even better, it may put a large dent in radical Islam Jihadist’s practices and recruitments. Bad because many innocent victims may be jailed and/or executed.

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  2. I’m really naive in this whole area, but isn’t disregarding Islam in Saudi just plain dangerous beyond mere jail? Isn’t there literally religious police that enforce the faith’s creed like law and punish with beatings beyond a whip or two? I’m just trying to grasp the reality of being caught leaving the faith and what would happen. Scary to think about.

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  3. Yeah. there are situations where the person that is accused of denouncing his or her faith would receive jail time and a lashing (sp). To the people who highly revernce Islam it is the law, even if people don’t agree with it, or believe in God they have to adhere to the laws of the Qu’ran. I think that those who do not believe have conealed it and live in secret with their disbelief, but openly display believing so that they aren’t accused of being an Atheist.

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  4. Why are people afraid to die? To be human, we think that death is the end. The end of what? Of course, it is the end of human mortal life. So what is it that scares us so bad about dying? Is it the fact that we are afraid that we will not see loved ones again? Maybe we are in fear that our life is over? Or is there a fear of the unknown?
    People of faith, or people that believe strongly in someone or something enough, can overcome certain fears. Their fears are substituted through a promise of sorts. A promise of a future. A future of blissfulness and happiness. If that faith is strong enough, the faithful have no fear of dying for that faith. That’s what you would call a martyr.
    Islam has martyrs and so does Christianity. But Atheism has no faith, so they have no martyrs. Atheists have a reason to live, because they have no faith in a future after death.

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  5. I don’t know if “Atheists have no reason to live, because they have no f aith in a future after deah” is entirely true of the individual Atheist. I belive that many people regardless of their religious background value life, and I don’t think we know who does not value life unless we see exactly how they live. I believe that the statement is also kind of a resort-to comment because we want to believe that Atheists are invaluable to socieity because they have no spirituality, and that simply is not the case. Additionally, this article is so much more than whether or not a person is an atheist, it’s about people who do not have the right to chose how to live their own lifestyle…essentially, the government controls them. If that occured or started to occured here in the United States, we’d all be saying that it is wrong, and it really is not the way to go about getting people to do what you want. When and/or if some of the Saudis begin to speak openly about whatever it is that they believe, I feel they should be applauded for their bravery unstead of judged or spoking ill of because of what specific belief they have chosen.

    -thank you.

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    1. I wasn’t trying to make it sound like atheists were worthless to society or religion. We all are more important living than dying. If it wasn’t for atheists, the world would still be in the dark ages concerning discoveries of our planet and universe.
      I won’t say much for Charles Darwin for his theories of evolution, but it took free thinkers to conclude proof that the world is round, medical break-throughs, the age of the earth and so on.
      Atheists can and do help religion. For one, they question the legitimousy of a religion which helps the faithful dig deeper for understanding what they believe or should believe. Second, they cause the faithful to stand up and cry out for their faith.
      My point was, martyrs stand behind their beliefs and some give up their lives for faith rather than pretend that they believe the same way to stay alive. Nothing changes in society until people stand up for what they believe and the world takes notice.
      God commands us to love everyone, in other words, respect each other and get along. But at the same time, he allows and expects us to protect ourselves from people that want to harm us or harm others that can not protect themselves.

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