Last year we reported that Egyptian atheist and human rights activist Ahmed Harqan had stormed out of Rania Mahmoud Yassin’s Al -Assema TV show after the presenter asserted that Egypt ‘unfortunately’ had 866 atheists, and that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’ in her country.
We now learn that a second atheist, Mohammad Hashem, above, was summarily booted off another programme by its host last month, with both the anchor and a second guest – a cleric – suggesting that the young man should see a psychiatrist.
Hashem, according to this report, was invited to appear on the privately owned TV network Alhadath Alyoum to present his ideas – but was barely allowed to explain his views.
In the segment, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Hashem managed to say that:
There is no scientific evidence for the existence of God.
Also that he did not:
Need religion to have moral values or to be a productive member of society.
He was immediately attacked by host Mahmoud Abd Al-Halim, who asked:
Hashem then tried to raise the Big Bang theory as one possible origin of existence, but was once again cut off by the host, who dismissed him as:
How can you say that? Who created you? Who made you exist as a human being? … How come you exist in this universe?
Confused and unreliable.
Abd Al-Halim then turned to his audience and apologised “for having an Egyptian of this kind on our show.” He claimed – while preventing Hashem from speaking – that:
You have not uttered a single convincing word.
Abd Al-Halim called Hashem’s ideas “heresy,” “inappropriate” and “destructive,” claiming he set:
A very bad example for Egyptian youth.
A second guest, former Deputy Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mahmoud Ashour, suggested Hashem needed “psychiatric treatment”, a notion host Abd Al-Halim seized upon:
The host then ended the segment, once again apologising to his viewers as a bewildered Hashem seemed lost for words.
Have you seen a psychiatrist? … I advise you to leave the studio and go straight to a psychiatric hospital.