Atheists’ gathering incurs the anger of authorities in Malaysia

By Barry Duke

Just days after the picture above was posted on the Atheist Republic Facebook page, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in charge of religious affairs said he he had instructed the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department to investigate the local Atheist Republic chapter to see if any Muslims were involve

According to this International Humanist and Ethical Union report, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuk said:

We need to determine whether any Muslims attended the gathering, and whether they are involved in spreading such views, which can jeopardize the aqidah (faith) of Muslims

The people pictured attended a recent meeting in Kuala Lumpur, and are now reportedly receiving death threats.

This report shows a number of angry reactions to the Facebook post.

Atheist Republic, which has more than 1.7 million followers around the world, is associated with local “consulate” groups that holdi meetups for members in larger cities around the world.

Asyraf Wajdi Dusuk

Dusuk added:

We need to use the soft approach [with apostates]. Perhaps they are ignorant of the true Islam, so we need to engage them and educate them on the right teachings.

He also said that ex-Muslims found to be part of the atheist gathering would …read more

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