July 7, 2010

A price too high

Three years ago, I was thinking with myself why shouldn’t Iranian atheists have a platform? Granted, Iranian atheists can not come out of closet as long as there is Islamic Sharia law in our laws that considers apostasy and atheism a crime punishable by death penalty. So of course we do not want any harm to anyone but there might be some way that we could communicate, build a virtual community and present our ideas.

First I started PersianAtheist.com to write in Persian language and using reason and science to tackle issues and Islamic ideology that is the root cause of our problems in Iran. I noticed that there are many Iranian atheists out there in cyberspace, hidden behind pseudonyms and all of them acknowledging this is the way to go. But the problem is that rarely anyone offered to take part in development of such a community.

it is not that they are lazy or something, It is a tough call, it is choosing between life and death. You can not publicly run around in Iran and speak out in favour of Atheism. Probably you wouldn’t understand what I am saying, okay, let me draw you a picture here. Let’s say you are insane enough to publicly announce that you are an atheist or an agnostic, here, this is going to happen. Authorities will arrest you, put you in prison and beat the hell out of you until you say you made a mistake and you believe allah is there and you are a believer of some sort. Still they punish you for your first point of view because you might have been corrupted some young Muslims.

Let’s say they beat the hell out of you but you are so determined that authorities can not make you to change your mind and they can not coerce you to false confession. Let’s say you are that firm person that you thought that you will go through this all the way and at all costs. Authorities will take you to an Islamic court and after you insist on being an atheists or infidel or non-believer, judge will punish you to death penalty.

In a nutshell, in Islamic society that rules by Sharia law, an atheist is considered a corrupted part of society and to preserve the Islamic society from corruption, Islamic rulers have to get rid of corrupted elements and of course set an example out of them in a barbaric way. So when you question why there are not much Iranian atheists out there? because the price an Iranian atheist pays is way too high. They pay the price with their life, that’s the everything one have and one will have. But this is not going to stop us, for the time being maybe we crawl but we are still on the move and that counts something.

Now, what you can do to help? Simply lodge a petition with UN and ask Iranian authorities to recognize atheists and respect their rights. That might be a good start.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

All my support to you. Keep it going. I'd wish more people to have the guts to do what are you doing, me included.

Anonymous said...

May you burn in jahannam for leaving islam.. you KAFFIR!!

Anonymous said...

To the guy who posted above. You really need to get a life/reality check mate.

The author of this site is clearly a courageous individual

Anonymous said...

keep the good work up, religion is root of every problem in the world, i wish we can get rid of islam soon

Anonymous said...

Please keep up the good work. It will take time for these people to see the lies and how corrupt religion is.. They kill in the name of god. Insanity i tell you.. I am in Africa, not as bad as Iran, but it is also not easy.

Anonymous said...

Authorities and fundamentalists can only punish indiviguals. Remember what happened when those carttons of prophet mohammaed were printed, there were riots and many people were killed, because of some silly cartoons! now we have draw mohammad day, thousands of people draw pictures of Mohammad and post them all over the internet, and nothing happens. This is what Iran needs, it needs Atheist to come out of the closet in masses. There are hundreds of thousands of agnostics and atheists in Iran, if they all come out shouting strong! the government will not be able to punish them, strength in numbers! be Brave! don't let these other people rule Iran. Atheists have reason and proof, it will always win in the end!

Anonymous said...

I admire your bravery and I sincerely hope that the Iranian people find freedom from religious Islamic dogma soon. No religions should be state sanctioned and those who really must believe in superstition and fairy tales should only do so on a personal level. No more witch hunts and intolerance dished out in the name of Islam. Islam and the other Abrahamic religions are desperately hanging on by any means necessary and it won't be long before we hear the death rattle on organised religions. Keep strong.... and safe.

Anonymous said...

Keep fighting man

Anonymous said...

I hope you are still there. Be strong.

Anonymous said...

I regret i am in pakistan. if id be in iran, i would rush to tehran and beat the hell out of you and get you killed by police

infidelzealot said...

Keep it up man. I'm an atheist apostate from Christianity and I relish the day when religion is relegated to the dustbin of history. Iran can be a powerful nation again, but not until reason rules over myth.