Video with egyptian atheist became viral on social networks

Wed, 14.03.2018 14:57

An Egyptian atheist who was invited on privately owned TV network “Alhadath Alyoum” to present his ideas was summarily kicked off the show by its host earlier this month, with both the anchor and a second guest — a cleric — suggesting that the young man should see a psychiatrist.

In the February 11 segment, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, atheist Mohammad Hashem was barely allowed to explain his positions. He managed to say that “there is no scientific evidence for the existence of God” and that he did not “need religion to have moral values or to be a productive member of society,” before he was assailed by host Mahmoud Abd Al-Halim.

“How can you say that? Who created you? Who made you exist as a human being? …How come you exist in this universe?” Abd Al-Halim asked.

Hashem then tried to raise the Big Bang theory as one possible origin of existence, but was once again cut off by the host, who dismissed him as “confused and unreliable.”

Abd Al-Halim called Hashem’s ideas “heresy,” “inappropriate” and “destructive,” claiming he set “a very bad example for Egyptian youth.”

A second guest, Deputy Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mahmoud Ashour, suggested Hashem needed “psychiatric treatment,” a notion host Abd Al-Halim siezed upon: “Have you seen a psychiatrist? …I advise you to leave the studio and go straight to a psychiatric hospital.”

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Source: Al Arabiya

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