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Letter to the Editor (16 Sep 2011 NewAgeIslam.Com)

An Unthinkable Has Happened in Pakistan: A secular Website has Appeared!!!

On 15 September 2011

Syed Rizvi wrote:

In a country where most people cannot complete a sentence without invoking God’s name.

In a country where one cannot carry out an intellectual discourse on religion and philosophy without being accused of committing blasphemy.

In a country where without any authorization from its government an individual can carry out the death sentence of a blasphemer with full public support.

An appearance of a site like e-paa.org was unthinkable.

 I believe, and I hope, this site serves as an open forum like the New Age Islam does, by addressing issues that relate to the Muslim community where some may want to associate themselves with Islamic culture rather than the religion of Islam

 The above sentiments are described well in the following lines on page 6 of The Quotable Atheist by Jack Huberman

 "From the age of five or six I was an agnostic, At twelve I became a staunch atheist....  But [Muslim culture] has enriched my life. ... The historian Isaac Deutscher used to refer to himself as a non-Jewish Jew, identifying himself with a long tradition of intellectual scepticism, symbolized by Spinoza, Freud, and Marx.  I have ... on occasion describe myself as non-Muslim Muslim."

 Tariq Ali (1943 - ), Pakistani-born British historian, journalist, film maker, antiwar activist, atheist. Grew up in a communist family in Lahore)

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  • Site is good. But nobody would know how much follower are there for the site.
    By satwa gunam - 4/15/2012 10:35:05 AM

  • In Pakistan due to increasing religiousity and extremism, the liberal minded persons are cornered and condemned. The Talibans promotes suicide bombings to kill innocent Muslims terming them as colonial agent.The Quaide Azam never ever said that Pakistan will be a religious state as wrongly being promoted by Our Mullahs. The Quaid was not a Mullah himslef nor the Muslim League had such a manisfesto. All it waS said was Pakistan will be a seperate Muslim State not an Islamic or religious state with religion as a personal issue.
    By Syed Hussain - 4/15/2012 9:59:36 AM

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