Egypt ‘unfortunately’ has 866 atheists says TV presenter
It’s anyone guess as to how Rania Mahmoud Yassin, above arrived at this figure, but she did insist in a November 3 broadcast on Al -Assema TV that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’.
According to MEMRI TV, Yassin opened the discussion with the words:
Atheism is not a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it exists in our society. We shall discuss it today. We shall present two opposing ideas. The truth is that this phenomenon has begun spreading like wildfire. Unfortunately, it exists in Egypt. By now, we have 866 atheists, and they have a significant presence in the social media.
This led to a bad-tempered confrontation with a guest on her show, Egyptian atheist and human rights activist Ahmed Harqan, above, who objected to her use of the word “unfortunately”.
Yassin hit back, saying:
Of course I say ‘unfortunately’. When we have in our society people who are against our religion, I must say ‘unfortunately’. I am not going to look into the camera, and say to these people: ‘Bravo for being atheists’. I’m sorry. Don’t comment on what I say. State your opinion, and that’s it. It’s none of your business what the TV hosts say.
I’ll say what I want or I’m out of here.
After some heated exchanges, during which Harqan described all religious belief as “supersition”, Yassin snapped:
Fine, leave. Go away. We don’t want any atheists or infidels here anyway.
So why did you invite me? Shame on you.
Rania Mahmoud Yassin:
We present an idea so that people may learn a lesson from it. Yes, so that people can learn a lesson from atheism, heresy, and all those disgraceful phenomena in society. Disgraceful ideas! You don’t want anyone to answer you or moderate the show …
Harqan then walked out.
In a TV discussion in 2014, Harqan claimed that ISIS was doing:
What the Prophet Muhammad and his companions did.
Wikipedia says that four days later, Harqan and his pregnant wife, Nada Mandour (Saly) Harqan, survived an assassination on the evening of October 25, 2014.
He managed to flee with his wife after having some injuries and went to the Alhanafie-Alajlany police station to report the incident along with their friend Karim Jimy. Instead of taking action to help Harkan and his wife, the police officers further assaulted them and they were imprisoned charged with blasphemy and “defamation of religion” under article 98 in the Egyptian penal code for asking “What has ISIS done that Muhammad did not do?”
Harqan’s lawyer was humiliated and kicked out of the police station.
Eventually Ahmad and Saly Harqan, and their friend Kareem Jimy were released and charges against them were dropped.