Looks like Americans are making a difference in Iraq in at least one positive way:
It’s dangerous for anyone to say they don’t believe in a god in such a predominantly Muslim nation, but some brave Iraqis are even forming groups!
“Iraq is a land without God or any other kind of major protective superior form,” claims one atheist who declined to be named fearing reprisal.
“We have been forgotten and it is better to think only rationally than emotionally. I left behind my old beliefs because it is the only way to protect my children from any harm that God isn’t being able to do.”
Yasser (not his real name) is grouping up with others who have also renounced their faiths.
“When we first decided to organise ourselves, we were only eight people,” he told IOL.
“And after seven months, our number has reached to 34 but many other groups are being formed countrywide according to my contacts in northern and southern Iraq.
“We believe that today in Iraq, there are at least 220 atheists linked to the groups nationwide.”
I take serious pride in this statement from a religion teacher in Iraq: “No one is guiltier than the Americans who brought such ideas to Iraqis.”
It’ll be a while before rationality takes a stronghold in the country, but if the movement can grow, it’ll help bring the country out of the darkness it’s in right now.
(Thanks to Keith for the link!)