Iraqi civil society activist: our youth in large numbers are turning towards atheism, as a reaction to Islamist violence & failures. #Iraq
Not sure if this is a good thing...
Because they make themselves an "other" this way. Though I'm loathe to use the language of Edward Said, declaring oneself as an atheist puts you outside of religious society. An atheist Iraqi calling for secular law is then likened to Westerners calling for secular law in the Middle East. Unfortunately, I think change has to come through the language of Islam, at least at first.
I agree, it can be good I just don't know if it will be. And it's not just losing religion, I don't think religion is all that bad, but it's leaving behind the constant looking to the past. Middle Eastern societies are deeply reactionary and that is their biggest problem. Religiosity is just a manifestation of that.
Well you don't have to look very far to see the massive disservice that has been paid to Islam through the fundamental interpretations of dogmatic passages of scripture. Here we are in the 21st century and people are still killing each other over the number of angels on the head of a pin
Certainly there are myriad ways in which men justify the oppression of their fellows. That is not the point of what i posted . You only need look at the history of the Soviet Union to realize an example of atheistic oppression.The point was, the way religion participates in this activity is through dogmatic tenants. They are open to interpretation , manipulation and being co- opted by by small minded and self serving groups and individuals in service to their own purposes. They can't even be questioned on grounds of reason as they are proclaimed to be the will of God. Im not making a statement against religion or the existence of God but those irrefutable rules and descriptions that must be unquestionably adhered to, under the threat of shunning,being declared a heretic ,unbeliever or worse,by the self declared cognoscenti to the Supreme Being and thus fair game for any form of atrocity they declare fitting.