Atheism, considered blasphemy by many, is a largely underground movement that’s hard to quantify but increasingly reported among millennials.
Atheists come together in private on WhatsApp groups and use pseudonyms on social media sites to share ideas.
The Nigerian population of nearly 200 million is split almost evenly between Muslims and Christians with sizeable followers of traditional spirituality.
“As a clergyman, this makes me sad that today we have people in Nigeria going in for atheism,” Gideon Obasogie, a Roman Catholic cleric tells A Jazeera. “The effect of this will be terrible. For one who says there is no God, he can do all kinds of horrible things … I feel this will lead to anarchy and chaos. The rise of atheism in Nigeria is not wonderful news.”
In recent months, Nigerian atheists have registered three pro-secular organisations: Atheist Society of Nigeria, the Northern Nigerian Humanist Association and the Nigerian Secular Society.
“We need these organisations as a space for people to come out,” says Mubarak Bala, who helped to register the groups.
Bala attracted media attention in 2014 after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kano by his parents when they found out he was atheist.
He says his father and uncles held him down for 30 minutes and forced him to take medications given by the psychiatrist, who told him “everyone needs God”.
“People began secretly contacting me, telling me that they too, don’t believe in Allah. Even Christians told me they don’t think Jesus is God and they just have questions about the whole religion thing,” Bala said.
Most keep their beliefs secret.
Bala is the only atheist who allowed Al Jazeera to use his real name.
Al Jazeera travelled to three cities – Kano, Kaduna and Abuja – to meet some “undercover” atheists in their twenties and thirties.
Same old same old instances of forced faith . In places like Nigeria, they will openly use force. ostracize and mistreat people and so on .
While in other countries like NZ ,Australia ,England or America the tyranny is now being kept to more subtle levels (somewhat hidden from plain view). And in America, the level is still remaining more openly observed too (closer to Nigeria way), than what its become like in NZ, England or Australia
Christianity is foundered on forced faith. Perhaps it wont survive, without allowing it? .Without turning a blind eye to this subtle form of dominance ?
In China , the pendulum swings toward completely opposite pole over there. There they actively try to enforce deconversion. Which, in my opinion, is just as wrong
Because,neither methods, are about upholding honestly proper religious liberty .
Sadly the west is not displaying a decent example ?. Because, the religious liberty, of what the west puts on display, still involve subtle forms of religious dominance ,of what people are willing to turn a blind eye to, and to pretend like it doesn’t exist
Its negative religious liberty (requires luck)
This then allows China to have reason to choose to act so as to stop the same thing from happening?
Christians inaction to stop the religious abuse, in turn will soon enough also help bring about the demise of their own Christian faith. Even within their own countries too. Their inaction, is in fact helping to create more and more enemy of Christianity
Like ive said before, Christianity often acts more like a dead horse. And very much so too,even when it comes down to need of promptly addressing sex abuse as well ,even then the dead horse (Christianity) will need to be dragged uphill .
Its become such a “dead” faith
So far from the living forward-thinking self motivated faith like what the bible describes to do with Jesus.
And,if the temple were brimming full of robbers today(John 2, 13-22).
You can guarantee
The dead horse Christianity, of today, wouldn’t be seen to flinch a muscle. It would instead lay there, motionless, stinking and rotting-away and crawling with maggots
And then still be seen wailing (while ,looking to blame others) and feeling so sorry for itself, when found to be very quickly losing its followers
Why would Jesus want to return?. So as to feel immensely embarrassed ?