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#TwitterTheocracy: How Anti-Blasphemy Laws Are Tools of Oppression

Recently, the case of Meriam Ibrahim made international headlines. The story was that she, a pregnant Christian woman married to a Christian, was being accused of apostasy and sentenced to death for it. Some but not all of the articles about it mentioned the most troubling fact about the case: she is not even a apostate in that she was a Muslim and then defected from Islam. Instead, her absentee father was a Muslim and, by Sudanese law, this automatically makes her a Muslim, despite being raised a Christian by her Christian mother.

A case of a born and raised Christian being accused of apostasy from Islam and sentenced to death for it shows that anti-apostasy laws are a brutal tool that can be used to enforce tyranny on anyone, whether they are an apostate, a theist of another religion, or a non-apostate atheist.

The importance of the Internet in spreading the word among people of such atrocities, as well as in helping people in threatened minority groups to organize safely, cannot be overstated. After I deconverted from Islam but before I came out as an atheist, I myself found emotional support, practical advice, and intellectual solidarity online. Since then, I have found Ex-Muslims of North America through Facebook, a group I would have given anything for when I first left Islam. Recently, I joined a discussion among ex-Muslims on the Meriam Ibrahim case that was broadcast on the BBC; the reporter had found all of us participants via Twitter.
Read more at http://skepchick.org/2014/06/twittertheocracy/

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