Paging all douchebags (ie, update on Middle Eastern atheism)
As many of you recall, I only registered on this forum to get some help for one of my projects, and ended up going down a rabbit hole with our older members who espouse both radical freethinking and the family values of the 1950s. Similarly, I contacted a Pakistani atheists and agnostics group that has been growing fast. As of this week, we are now officially a recognized organization within the atheist alliance:
I'll be developing their website and branding (I am American by birth and raising, after all), after we decide upon the specific focus of our group as well as a name. We don't really know what's going to happen with the name yet, but we mostly were exploring English-based ones until I suggested that we should go with one that would make sense in most of the languages spoken in Pakistan. Which, actually, no one agreed to but they agreed we should probably pick a name that'll make sense in the Urdu language.
So, exciting things happening people. The tough questions will come; whether we will just be atheistic, or also espouse secular humanism; be independent, or seek strong ties with other Middle Eastern atheist organizations. Tough, tough questions! But above all, we have a moral obligation to create a safe space for people questioning Islam in Pakistan or countries sharing her culture, as well protect the identities of all those involved since being outed as an atheist in Pakistan can often mean death.