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Many Muslims Don't Understand Atheism - What's The Chance....

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Submitted by Rebecca (United Kingdom), Aug 26, 2008 at 20:45

I remember travelling around Turkey some years ago - and the German man that I was with was an atheist - but having been to Turkey several times in the past - he knew better than to tell the Turks that he was an atheist - they simply did not understand the concept of having no religion - so to make it easier he would say that he was a Christian.

HRW recently did a report on the treatment of apostates from Islam in Egypt - people are living on the run from government in order to avoid arrest and torture. And an unknown amount of people are living undocumented lives - along with their new born children - because they don't want to register them as Muslim. No compulsion to join Islam or to remain Muslim must be for the political correct ideologue - as in practice it is not applied.

I am truly surprised that Qaddafi classed Obama as an African - I would have thought that his colour skin would have qualified him to ascend to the higher Arab status - such as with himself.

I understand why Daniel Pipes is saying that there could be problems - with Obama's personal choice of religion - in the free world - but remember when there were those who thought that there would be a problem with woman as Secretary of State - when dealing with the Arab world - and was it the President who said that they had better respect - them - she is the US Secretary of State.

This is the free world and it is these ideals that we have to stand up for - and no matter how nice we want to be - or how diplomatic we can be - the Muslim world is not free.

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