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posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 03:02 PM

FREE ARABS EXCLUSIVE: Morocco's police is looking for atheist activist Imad Eddin Habib, 22. Potential charges: creating the “Council of ex-Muslims of Morocco”, and stating: “there is no God but Mickey Mouse”.

The whereabouts of Moroccan student Imad Eddin Habib, 22, are unknown since yesterday, April 29 in the evening. A few days ago, plainclothes policemen interrogated his father at his workplace. They wanted to know whether Imad was supported by a foreign organization, what his goals and motives were… Yesterday, Apr 29, they broke into an address that is mentioned on the young man’s ID—only to find out that he doesn’t live there anymore. Informed that he was a wanted individual, the Casablanca paramedical student decided to go underground. It will probably not take long before he resurfaces. Yet, that might be long enough for a solidarity campaign to start. Imad Eddin Habib is not a criminal—at least not under international law and international treaties on freedom of speech and conscience. The reason why the Moroccan police is after him, is that he’s an outspoken atheist.

In the Islamic kingdom of Morocco, atheism itself is not a criminal offense. “Shaking the Muslim’s faith” is. Under this vague designation, anyone openly criticizing Islam or promoting any other religion can be condemned to a prison term ranging from 6 months to 3 years (Christian missionaries are regularly expelled from the kingdom in virtue of this article.) In other words: when you live in Morocco, you can think whatever you want of religion, but you better keep it for yourself. These past years, more and more Moroccans claimed their refusal of this religious omerta. The most mediatized case remains that of Kacem El Ghazali, an atheist activist who was granted political asylum in Switzerland, and recently testified before the UN against the persecution he suffered when he lived in Morocco.

Local activists for freedom of conscience are increasingly vocal online. In 2009, a Facebook group called Alternative movement for individual freedoms (MALI) called a daylight picnic during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims can eat only before dawn and after dusk (by provision of Morocco’s penal code, it is also forbidden to break the Ramadan fast publicly, under penalty of 6 months in jail). Since then, similar groups mushroomed on Facebook. Most activists operate under aliases, but Imad Eddin Habib is among the few who act unmasked.

Morocco maybe mild comparison to some other majority Islamic state but Freedom ain't Free it must be nurtured and maintained but before any one here gets too coy check and see what some of your state Representatives are calling for ex: North Carolina an official religion??

Off -course the measure failed but these guys are in it for the long run.

1376comments Print 1.2K Updated 3 Apr 2013 10:45am, EDT First Amendment doesn't apply here: N.C. lawmakers push bill for state religion

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion — a direct challenge to the First Amendment.

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One professor of politics called the measure “the verge of being neo-secessionist,” and another said it was reminiscent of how Southern states objected to the Supreme Court’s 1954 integration of public schools.
The bill says that federal courts do not have the power to decide what is constitutional, and says the state does not recognize federal court rulings that prohibit North Carolina and its schools from favoring a religion.
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The bill was introduced Monday by two Republican representatives from Rowan County, north of Charlotte, and sponsored by seven other Republicans. The party controls both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature.
The two lawmakers who filed the bill, state Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford, did not immediately return calls Wednesday from NBC News.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued last month to stop the Rowan County Commission from opening meetings with Christian prayers. One of those prayers declared that “there is only one way to salvation, and that is Jesus Christ,” the ACLU said.
The bill does not specify a religion.
The North Carolina ACLU chapter said in a statement Tuesday that the sponsors of the bill “fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principle of the separation of powers that dates back to the founding of this country.”
North Carolina scholars also cast doubt on the bill.
“It has elements of not being American,” Gary Freeze, a professor of politics and history at Catawba College, told The Salisbury Post. “I think it goes far beyond religion and frankly doesn’t have a lot to do with North Carolina or tradition.”
Another professor at the college, Michael Bitzer, told the newspaper that the bill is based on discredited legal theory that the states can declare themselves exempt from federal law.
“We saw this in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education,” he said, referencing the integration ruling. “The belief is that the states hold more power than the federal government. If the federal government does something, the states can simply ignore it.”

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posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 03:23 PM
Then they'll crucify him and he'll be worshipped for a couple thousand years before people stand up and say, "You know what, I don't think I believe in him anymore. I think they made the whole story up to prove that "God" isn't real."

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 03:50 PM
The West has many, many faults, but thankfully I was born in the West and therefore I can say without fear of persecution that I am an atheist, and if you don't like it tough...

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 03:59 PM
reply to post by Rob7774

Same. Though the test is running for political office and publically stating you are an athiest. I would wager you wouldn't get far at all.

I bet you would be protested against as well.

Could be mistaken... who knows. Just know there was strong resistance to JFK and he was Catholic. I can imagine what a person that doesn't follow one of tbe Abrahamic belief systems would face.

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 04:13 PM
reply to post by Spider879

“there is no God but Mickey Mouse”.

LOL! That's a little out there!

Bless his heart, I hope he stays safe.

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 04:33 PM
reply to post by Terminal1

Blair made a massive thing of his conversion to Catholicism and nobody cared. I'm guessing that Cameron is CofE but to be honest I have no evidence to base that assumption on. I would guess that the Leader of the Opposition is an atheist based simply on the fact that he is Communist lite. Again I have been presented with no evidence to suggest he is or isn't a God botherer. I could look it up but I'm not bothered and I doubt the great majority of the electorate of Britain know or care either. I understand these things carry more weight in the US though.

Has for our learned Moroccan friend I wish him the best of luck because Islam needs a kick up a backside and he is doing that.

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 04:34 PM
This is just as important to theisit as atheisit, freedom of religion is not recognized as a right everywhere, should it be ? Absolutely there are theist the world over that face the same risk for practicing what they believe.

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 04:39 PM
reply to post by benrl

The world is replete with incidents of religious intolerance.

posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 04:48 PM

Originally posted by AfterInfinity
Then they'll crucify him and he'll be worshipped for a couple thousand years before people stand up and say, "You know what, I don't think I believe in him anymore. I think they made the whole story up to prove that "God" isn't real."

Don't you think we would have false flags supposivly been organised with fanatic Micky Mouse extremists clearly recognizable by their haircut that simulates 2 big ears?

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