Secularism among Egyptians? It’s not just a myth

Published May 21st, 2015 - 01:26 GMT
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming. (YouTube)
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming. (YouTube)

Some may find it hard to believe that a Muslim country can have a prominent secular population. But Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own TV station.

Newly launched Free Mind TV is a secular station produced daily by Arabs. The website says it hopes to launch a satellite channel and become the region's primary “humanist” news source:

"We aim to provide the people of the Middle East and the world with a secular news source that is free of religious and government-based censorship. ... We always have and always will be a non-profit secularist and humanist channel."

According to Al-Monitor, Iraqi producer Khaldoon al-Ghanimi says there are at least 30 volunteers from around the world — mostly Egyptian — and the station gets 2,000 views a day. Some videos are informational, others poke fun at Egyptian programming.

This isn't the first time Egypt has seen prominent activism come from its atheist community. Reports earlier this month said Egyptians launched a Facebook campaign to form an Egyptian Secular Party that would lobby for changes in the country's constitution.

With a constantly changing political landscape in Egypt, it'll be interesting to see how this one goes.


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