An atheist activist from Afghanistan wrote this letter to us. He wants the world to know his plight. For security reasons, his name and other personal details were marked with xxx.
To: Atheists alliance international
I’m Mohammad xxx xxx from Afghanistan. It’s been a long time since I have been following Atheist pages on social media because I myself have studied astronomy and astrophysics. That’s why I became an Atheist as well as all my family members.
I hope that Atheist Alliance International helps Atheists who live in religious Islamic countries. What I want to let you know is that I am one of those Atheists who live in a dangerous country, Afghanistan. You can find a very small number of well knowledge and freethinkers, especially Atheists in Afghanistan.
As you might have heard recently about the situation in my country Afghanistan we deal with many dangers every day. The Taliban (Islamic extremists) now have the whole control of Afghan land after the withdrawal of US/NATO forces.
Moreover, I want to narrate my life story which is important to know why I need your help.
“I was born in a rural village named “xxx xxx” in Afghanistan, in an educated family. My family includes my mother, father, one brother, and four sisters. My father used to work as a school teacher. Now he is retired. I have an elder brother who immigrated to Europe because of the Taliban and can’t come to Afghanistan due to the bad security situation. And my four sisters who are students…
I have completed many institutions and I faced many problems. The problems and questions were spinning in my head, I was really interested to know about the gods and to find what god is. As I studied my religion Islam to find out god but that wasn’t the way of finding gods and the study of other religions they were also a fairytale I didn’t find any gods …
This caused me to study something else, and I took a step toward science and facts. Science was the only way to figure out the gods. I studied physics, biology, chemistry, anthropology, archeology, history, philosophy, and finally Astronomy.
Reading all these scientific subjects really guided me to know about the lies and the true face of religions that we are worshiping nonsense things and man-made gods. I realized all Abrahamic religions and others are false and the prophets were also false …
Why? Because religious people believe in something in the absence of evidence. We have proved all the origins of things that refer to science and the experiments of humans. When we talk about the creator or gods it doesn’t mean a great white old bearded man is sitting in the sky and created the world and universe, this is just a ridiculous theory and has no science-based evidence. That’s why we call it faith (believing in something in the absence of evidence) otherwise, we would call all religions evidence.
In short, there would be thousands of scientific pieces of evidence if I explain one by one, it will take time.
I was sharing All these questions and debates with my elder brother “A” . We both were translating different scientific articles against religions and gods. My brother was working with US troops and for private construction companies but due to security issues he immigrated to Europe and he is not accepted yet.
My family and I remained in Afghanistan, and I started university at xxx. Besides studying I was sharing scientific articles on social media too, to attract the attention of people to Atheism. I have created many Atheist groups named “xxx freethinkers”, “xxx Atheists” and “xxx xxx non-believers”. Then by the passage of time, I was exposed and targeted by Islamic extremists. I was threatened several times by religious angry people in university because of presenting the evolution theory of Darwin and anthropology, then I was beaten by mullahs (local religious leaders) and punished and threatened for being a nonbeliever, but luckily I was saved by local elders and escaped.
Now, I kindly request this and strongly believe that there is brotherhood and Alliance among Atheists of the world. I need your help to help me and my family with leaving the country. Countries such as Afghanistan are highly dangerous for Atheists. Especially nowadays Afghanistan has fallen into religious extremist Taliban who kills non-believers and sentenced them to death. Therefore, I feel insecure and want to help my family to survive.