|The question on Twitter|
Some Christians on Twitter (and elsewhere) like to ask why atheists don’t sue Muslims, but instead only sue Christians. Basically, they’re saying atheists are scared of Muslims, which is why organizations like the ACLU and the FFRF don’t sue Muslims.
The real reason why these organizations don’t sue Muslims is pretty simple – it isn’t cowardice…it’s simply that they’re not breaking the law in North America, while Christians break the law on a regular basis.
Islam isn’t the dominant religion here in North America. In fact, if a Muslim group were to try and do some of the things Christians like to do on a regular basis, Christians would probably be screaming ‘separation of church and state’ as loudly as any atheist.
Could you imagine a Muslim group insisting children pray to Allah in the classroom? Or if they had the audacity to read from the Qur’an in a public space, such as a school or public event payed for by the taxpayer?
There would be hell to pay.
Muslim’s tried to have a reality show that showcased them being as normal as the rest of the population, and they were slammed by the Christian community.
Muslim’s aren’t the ones trying to erect their religious icons on courthouse lawns. They’re not the ones forcing creationism in the science classroom and there is no ‘under Allah’ on currency or ‘In Allah we Trust’ in the pledge of allegiance. If we could somehow sue Islamic countries for the atrocities they commit against their citizens in the name of religion, we probably would. Unfortunately, that’s not how the real world works.
In fact, in many Islamic countries, you can get a beating or worse for admitting you’re an atheist:
A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Like most non-believers in Islamic regions, he was brought up as a Muslim. And like many who profess godlessness openly, he has been punished.
In a handful of majority-Muslim countries atheists can live safely, if quietly; Turkey is one example, Lebanon another. None makes atheism a specific crime. But none gives atheists legal protection or recognition. Indonesia, for example, demands that people declare themselves as one of six religions; atheism and agnosticism do not count. Egypt’s draft constitution makes room for only three faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Look, I’ve written about Islam on this blog. I think their religion is as dangerous and superstitious as Christianity. In my opinion, they’re both harmful to society, but I live in North America. In North America, Christianity holds sway.
The question I wish Christians would ask instead of ‘why are atheists not suing Muslims?’, is ‘why are Christians breaking the law so often they need to be sued in the first place?’.