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Alcuin
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Atheism in Iran
on: October 1, 2017, 15:36

The UKGov site has many criticisms of this "country of concern"...
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iran-country-of-concern/iran-country-of-concern#death-penalty
Typical of this UKGov which is so keen on segregated, faith schools it has nothing to say about apostasy or atheism in Iran. It does say, "Minority ethnic groups suffered harassment and discrimination, and the persecution of minority religious groups continued. The government continued to suppress freedom of expression, with arrests of journalists, bloggers and internet workers." I suppose that covers non-believers.

Iran has a death penalty for non-believers and potentially for those who simply "offend against" the prophet Mohammed or Allah...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Islam#Iran

You will find atheist groups in just about any free country, but I doubt if you'll find evidence of them in Iran...
https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-rise-of-atheism-in-Iran
Still, why would UKGov give non-believers a specific mention? It isn't like they believe in freedom of and from religion. As their leading members always say, "freedom of religion" is important. The most we may expect is that they will sometimes mention the "none", as in: "These are values we all hold in common, and values that are visibly lived out everyday by Christians, as well as by people of other faiths or none." (Theresa May)...
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/easter-2017-theresa-mays-message
I suppose the 53% of the UK population that is not religious should be grateful that we were nearly remembered in monologues like the "Easter" (Spring holiday) message.

PM May also said, "We must continue to ensure that people feel able to speak about their faith, and that absolutely includes their faith in Christ."
But she's not superstitious, of course! ­čÖé



MarylinC
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Re: Atheism in Iran
on: October 8, 2017, 21:42

Considering Theresa May continues to attend church with her husband every sunday I doubt we will get much help there.

It seems to me the online world is our best weapon to spread the message of atheism and hopefully we can continue to support atheists in Iran and all other places dominated by religion to try to help them as much as we can.

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