Granted asylum because he is an atheist
Finally. . An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK because he is an atheist.
This is the kind of news I would like to see more.
According to news dated 14 January , Atheist given asylum in UK.
I was glad to see this news since as far as I know this is the first time that asylum status is granted to an individual from countries like Afghanistan based on non-religious beliefs. It is long overdue. This shows the progress of secular humanist movement in the UK.
As someone who was born and brought up in Iran, I am so sick and tired of being pushed into the box of “Muslims”. I am an Atheist and I have chosen to be one since I was 12 years old, yet I am called a ” Muslim woman”!!!!!! only because I was born in Iran.
I remember when I was in college someone asked me where I am from and I said Iran, she said so you are a Muslim. I said no. She said but you believe in God. And when she heard no again, she looked at me as if I was an alien. She was staring at me and kept saying: but you are from Iran… I still laugh when I remember her face.
I guess after years this picture has changed and less people are surprised when they find out that I am from Iran and also I am an Atheist.