28 jan. 2013

En ljusglimt från Egypten

Då det införts undantagstillstånd i Egypten och mycket ser illa ut, kan en om framtiden positiv intervju med Alber Saber lätta upp något. Saber greps i augusti 2012, för att ha bloggat och publicera kritiska videor om religion. I december dömdes han till tre års fängelse, men släpptes och lämnade Egypten 26 januari.

Daily Egypt har intervjuat honom och hans tro och otro, hans politiska engagemang och hans syn på Egyptens framtid. En något positiv sådan - Brotherhood will drive the people to secularism. Nedan berättar Alber Saber om hur han blev ateist:
My journey towards this decision was in the period between 2001 and 2005. I had decided that I would not simply inherit religion. Faith here is hereditary; if your parents are Christian, you’re Christian. You have it written on your birth certificate before you can even think. And it is the same for Muslims. 
In 2001 I decided to read about other religions. My thinking at the time was that I was born a Christian but I had not actually decided that for myself nor had I considered other religions. I felt like there could be a chance that my religion is the wrong one and that God would punish me for it since I did not seek out all the options first. 
I spoke to a lot of people, including religious leaders and clerics from several faiths, I read a lot of books, and eventually I realised that religion was merely a way to find God, but that there were so many different religions, and even inside each religion there were many sects, so why did each claim a monopoly on God? Why did they all claim they were going to heaven and everyone else was not? 
The circle then started to get wider. When I first started this journey I felt that religion could be easily disputed but I still believed in the existence of a god, so I had a limit, which was the existence of a creator deity. After reading and researching the issue I started to break out of this limit and think that there might not even be a god at all. I eventually decided that it did not make sense to me and I became an atheist.
Tillägg: En krönika i Daily Egypt är också glädjande läsning - Leaving Islam in the age of islamism.
A growing generation of skeptics and atheists is increasingly coming to the fore. They are regarding religion, in practice, as at worst harmful and at best unnecessary.

1 kommentar:

Benzocaine sa...

Varje aktion har en reaktion sägs det ju. Den islamistiska pendeln sedan slutet på 70-talet borde väl vända förr eller senare. Troligen får den lättare att vända när (om?) förtrycket lättar i Mellanöstern.

 
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