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Is Gulf youth increasingly drawn to atheism?

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That's the headline in the Arabic News Digest, an online journal based in the United Arab Emirates.

http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/is-gulf-youth-increasingly-drawn-to-atheism

>>"A lot of folks have reacted online, especially on Twitter, to the article I wrote last week - Atheism: Why is it spreading? - in which I discussed a growing tendency among youth in our Gulf societies to become atheists, despite the fact that our Gulf societies are known to be attached to religion," wrote Dr Sajed Al Abdali, a Kuwaiti writer, in yesterday's edition of the Dubai-based newspaper Al Bayan.

In last week's article, Dr Al Abdali wrote: "Let me cut to the chase: it is essential that we acknowledge today that atheism exists and is increasing in our society, especially among our youth, and evidence of this is in no short supply.

"You can see it in online writings, in forums, blogs and social networking websites, and more timidly, and less frequently, in some newspaper articles. You can also hear it from those who express their atheistic ideas verbally, whether explicitly or tacitly, in this gathering or that majlis," he said.>>

See also:

Muslims differ widely on religiosity and tolerance: global poll

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/muslims-differ-widely-on-religiosity-and-tolerance-global-poll

>>In Mena, Muslims aged 35 and older were more religious than their younger counterparts. The opposite was true of religiosity in Russia.

A median figure of 63 per cent of Muslims in surveyed countries believed there was only one way to interpret Islam. Only 37 per cent of American Muslims agreed with that statement.

In countries where Sunnis and Shiites lived side-by-side in large numbers - such as in Lebanon and Iraq - believers were more likely to accept the other sect.

Conversely, in predominantly Sunni Pakistan, 41 per cent surveyed said Shiites were not true Muslims.

A quarter of everyone surveyed indentified themselves as neither Sunni nor Shiite, but as "just a Muslim".>>

See also:

Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life

http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/07/10/most-muslims-want-democracy-personal-freedoms-and-islam-in-political-life/

>>Indeed, these publics do not just support the general notion of democracy they also embrace specific features of a democratic system, such as competitive elections and free speech.>>
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Sunday, 19 August 2012 5:29:11 PM
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today its a fad
tomorrow it will just be another creed
a form of belief..usually made in ignorance..based on high priests called scientists...lol..who speculate about life making itself FROM NUTHING..

quite by accident..very scientific..if you learned your science from a teacher teaching the dumbed down/school text.,.or these alians..they actually suggest creayted life here...lol by first dioing it elsewhere

that failsafe is cause evolution hasnt got the dna/proof that validates the theory/in fact the lies of taxionomy[looks like/phenotype..fooled the theory.

seems dna has many way to make them weak joinders full of gaps from fossils..writting phenpotype into stone..but genotype destroys the lie of taxonomy..yet science remains mute

just wait till the proof god didnt do it..is more that opinioon or theory..or alians...lol
Posted by one under god, Monday, 20 August 2012 8:48:53 AM
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All youth is increasingly drawn to atheism.
They see on the internet that the non religious west is a rich
and exiting place.
They want their share of sex and drugs and rock and roll.
I had my share in the 1970s and enjoyed it a lot.
Youth do not want to be told to do pointless things by silly old men.
Todays youth are not afraid of the threats of hell.No such place.
Posted by undidly, Monday, 20 August 2012 9:37:03 PM
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OUG.....Its always an interesting read when its coming from blind faith. The problem is, and I agree with you to a point, that something has made us, but GOD is not what you think it is. One of the facts to support this, is the lack of love with-in or about any God for that matter and to think love is a God made thing, sorry friend, all intelligent life has some degree of it, and the rest is just a programmed instinctive res ponce.

It is more highly likely that what ever engineered all life on this planet, knew exactly what they were doing, hence mans wrong interpretations of it all, hence the bible/Koran and all human writings on the subject, with its multi failings.

The thing with the religious mind, its just afraid to move on to the next stage of what's drove us all to this point in time, and this fear is keeping the human mind in a state of evolutionary suspended animation of the brain.

I wrote a long time ago...(2006/2007plus) "If you lived long-ago as a primitive man, and something came from the sky, what would you call it?"

OUG...there is strong evidence to say, that a God of any sort, is not what we think it is.

"Is Gulf youth increasingly drawn to atheism?"

The only problem I can see with atheism, is the fact that religion is genetically woven into our very existences, and only time/evolution can remove it.

I support Atheism to a point, but these are early days considering mankind has just taken off its baby-boots on a scale of immortality that's seen all around the world considering religion in the hands of the powerful or just plain MAD.

Men kill for religion, but its the only system to use to cull ourselfes until now....(new diseases)+(better birth control) and so on..

IMO....the next stage of mans evo, is to go without a GOD and just take the past teachings with us into the new future.

To stay with the book, will cause mans destruction...so sayith your lord.

Planet
Posted by PLANET3, Monday, 20 August 2012 10:24:34 PM
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a generation with no absolutes has led to huge increases in teen suicide, mental illness and violence. The fruit of denying the obvious (our Creator) is clear to anyone with half a brain. The something from nothing brigade only survive by feeding the lusts of kids and then watching them destroyed. No wonder private schools are thriving.
Posted by runner, Monday, 20 August 2012 10:30:15 PM
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Mental illness and violence are increased by religion.
The something from nothing brigade are interested to
know where God came from?
Posted by undidly, Monday, 20 August 2012 11:16:52 PM
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