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Atheists in Kenya are a ‘threat to peace and good order’

Atheists in Kenya are a ‘threat to peace and good order’

A group of Kenyan atheists say they have suffered ‘blatant discrimination’ after the authorities refused to register their society.

According to the BBC, they were told the application was turned down because of concerns that registration could affect the “peace… [and] good order” in the country.

The 60-member Atheists In Kenya applied for official recognition last year.

Head of Atheists In Kenya (AIK) Harrison Mumia has accused the official registrar Maria Nyariki of running her office “through guesswork”, as she cannot possibly know what impact registration would have.

He also complained that there are “church leaders who have defiled minors” who have been allowed to register.

AIK does have the right to appeal against the decision but Mumia told the BBC that he will be taking the issue to court because he argues the constitutional right to freedom of association had been violated.

AIK believes that official recognition would allow it to participate more fully in public affairs, as well as allow it to do things like open a bank account.

Mumia added that as an atheist in a religious society, he has personally suffered discrimination.

Last year, AIK failed in its court attempt to overturn the government’s decision to have a public holiday coinciding with Pope Francis’ visit.

More than 97 percent of Kenyans indentify themselves with a religion, according to Pew Research.

The picture of six “dangerous” Kenyan atheists used to illustrate this report appears on the group’s Facebook page.

Hat tip: Marcus Robinson & Trevor Blake.

8 responses to “Atheists in Kenya are a ‘threat to peace and good order’”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Of course these people are dangerous and a threat – they are daring to use their brains. And there is nothing in the world more worrying to those who control religion than that. They have intimidation, guns and explosives, we have enlightenment, science and intelligence. That’s why one day we will prevail.

  2. harrynutsak says:

    So it’s just a few against the mob of crazy idiots right outside their doors. They are seriously outnumbered by crazy people.

    On the other hand, there are likely to be ten times as many who simply keep quiet and play along with the crazies due to the danger.

    These are heroes for standing up and having their picture taken in a place like that. And with a fedora. Egad. I expect we’ll soon hear of them being victims of the next religious massacre or something.

    I salute them, the poor sods.

    Religious people suck.

  3. Robster says:

    Surely the religiously afflicted in Kenya, with the creator of the universe on their side (supposedly) have nothing to fear from the six atheists. A simple prayer to their preferred deity, as stated in that bible thingy should sort things out. Shouldn’t it?

  4. Newspaniard says:

    All the administration has to do is call in their mates from Boko Haram and the whole problem will “disappear”.

  5. Stonyground says:

    The attitude of the authorities there seems to be similar to where the UK was 150 or so years ago. We can’t have the proles finding out that there is no god, they won’t behave themselves. The difference is that back then we were sailing into uncharted waters, nowadays there are plenty of largely atheistic societies so we can check to see if there is a problem.

  6. CoastalMaineBird says:

    It’s weird how the all-knowing, all-powerful fairy godfather is so dang fragile and helpless.

    Allah is damaged by a cartoon, so much so that millions of people have to destroy things and other people to defend him.

    Here, God is so fragile that the 97% must have barriers to protect them from these 60 people.

    It’s almost enough to make one believe that he’s not as powerful as imagined.

  7. John C says:

    AgentCormac,”They have intimidation, guns and explosives, we have enlightenment, science and intelligence. That’s why one day we will prevail.”
    sadly once guns and explosives come into play, enlightenment is not much of a shield.Seek out their leaders, mullahs and mufftis and shoot poisonous lot of them, burn down the presses that print the toilet paper that is the quran and take out the roots of the poison would work much better.Whats laughable is that the quran is still printed in the west by the same mercenary corporations islam seeks to destroy.Profit , in all things ,including war is whats driving this sick world.

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    There is a deeper story here.
    The Societies Act 1968, rev.1997 Cap.108 http://www.kenyalaw.org:8181/exist/kenyalex/sublegview.xql?subleg=CAP.%20108 seeks to regulate the formation of associations, i.e. all associations. there are exemptions but these must also be registered. Exemptions seem to be at the whim of the Registrar as there are no specified criteria.
    Societies that have been declared to be “DANGEROUS TO THE GOOD GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC” include Mau Mau and Talibans which gives some idea of how subversive atheists are.
    However, back in 1997 Kiraitu Murungi, whose interesting career can be followed easily, made the following remarks in the Kenyan Parliament:

    National Assembly Official Report
    May, 13th. 1997 p. 670
    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dIuGPF2E9hUC&pg=PT17&lpg=PT17&dq=1997#v=onepage&q=1997&f=false
    Retirement Benefits Bill
    Mr. Murungi: Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. I am keeping out from that angle, but I would like to enlighten the Assistant Minister about how this Government operates. Although we have a Registrar of Societies, he does not actually register societies, he has to consult with the Office of the President through the Special Branch. It is the Office of the President which decides which society is to be registered and which political party is to be registered. As for SAFINA, a decision was given at State House and the Registrar of Societies was not there and if he does not agree with me, he should read this week’s copy of the East African because it shows how the decision was made.

    There have been two changes of President and several elections since then but the Act is still broadly unchanged. Political parties have their own legislation so the SAFINA situation might be different. The Societies Act is an unduly restrictive piece of legislation with insufficient objective safeguards. It has no place in a democratic state.
    The usual disclaimer: I am not an expert in Kenyan law; if this is badly wrong please tell me off kindly.