Haziran 12

Atheism in the Muslim world

This is usually hard to find. In most of the Muslim countries, people that are openly atheists are unheard of. In fact, in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, although I do not know their laws, it is quite possible that atheists are being punished by death sentences, since these countries follow the Sharia law, and there are verses in Koran that are clear in their meaning to call for killing of infidels.

One Muslim country that you can find openly atheist people in, although rare, is Turkey.

Turkey has a long and proud secular tradition, and being an atheist is not a crime there. Although, from the viewpoint of a lot of Turks, it is almost as bad as a crime.

I am the administrator of one of the two major atheist web sites for Turkish speaking internet community. We recently created a forum category on our discussion board for discussions in English.

Ateistforum (forum.ateizm2.org) is the discussion platform associated with our site (ateizm.org). If you go to this page (forum.ateizm2.org), you will see the category named ATEISTFORUM – ENGLISH on the page for discussions in English.

Turkish atheism has been growing on the internet. When we first started this web site and the discussion forums attached to it, we didn’t think there would be this much interest. Now we have been in operation for almost 10 years and we are still one of the most popular destinations for Turkish people who want to discuss and debate Islam, existence of God (Allah in this case) or other philosophical or political issues related to religion.

Our forum is almost as busy and as active as richarddawkins.net.

We had our share of legal and other problems because of running this web site. Digital attacks from hackers, legal censorships from Turkish courts to ban access to our site from within Turkey (due to made up reasons such as personal insult to the leader of the largest creationist organization in Turkey). Some of our moderators who reside in Turkey are facing some other lawsuits as well.

If there are people who are interested in hearing all this, I can answer questions regarding atheism in Turkey in this discussion topic, or at our message board.

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