Atheists are carving out a space in the Arab world’s narrowly defined religious landscape.

The Arab World’s Rebels Without a God

In Egypt and other Arab countries, the atheism taboo has been broken. Atheists are rebelling against the status quo and demanding to be seen and heard. Sometimes a film can change your life. This is exactly what happened to Alber Saber, but not in the way people usually mean. Little did the young activist suspect […]

Protest For A Secular Tunisia

Atheism in Tunisia: Diverse and Vibrant, Yet Still Taboo

The waiter, who had a remarkable number of piercings, put drops of flower water in our coffee before sprinkling some of the ambrosial-scented liquid on our hands as well. “My grandma used to do this for good luck and for its refreshing scent,’’ the waiter explained before he left. I was sitting in one of downtown Tunis’ […]

Ugandan Atheist

The Less Than 1%: How Uganda’s Atheists Are Fighting Back

In many countries around the world, religious groups are pushing for conservative social policies and retaining their grip on society by dominating the public discourse and provision of social services. In Uganda, an extraordinarily religious country, the small but vocal atheist movement is pushing back — hard. Although Ugandan law guarantees religious freedom, the reality is […]

Islamists Press Blasphemy Cases in a New Egypt

DEIR EL GABRAWI, Egypt — Egypt’s prosecutors have been flooded with blasphemy complaints since 2011 as Islamists exercising their new societal clout have pushed for prosecutions and courts have handed down steep fines and prison terms for insulting religion. This month alone, a Christian teacher in Luxor was fined $14,000 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad […]

Islamic Faith on the Decline in Sudan

KHARTOUM- The Islamic Centre for Preaching and Comparative Studies chairman, Ammar Saleh, warned the Muslim community of the North East African country that both Christianity and Atheism are making steady gains in popularity. Additionally, Saleh conceded that interest in the conversion to Islam was nearly non-existent, saying anyone who believes there’s growth in Sudan’s Islamic […]

Freedom of Religion vs Free Speech

The SA Human Rights Commission declared that the contents of a book called “Die Raadsplan”, by Pastor Willie Smit from the Free State based Living Hope Ministries amount to hate speech, and recommended that the Film and Publications board take steps to remove it from all distribution channels.  “I found the church publication offensive and […]