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Atheists in Kenya have a right to be registered

By Macharia Maina | April 30th 2016

Atheism is defined as disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods and the devil. And just like Christianity is a belief, a belief in “God as the father, the son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit”, a complete belief in the Bible, a belief where you are not supposed to question the Bible.

Atheism is also a belief to reject the existence of any deity, a belief as the only other option when we stop accepting the Bible or any other religious book.

The bible is a perfect book presenting a true reality which we accept completely, with all of its good and all of its bad.

As much as one accepts any other reality, it is not devil worshipping or Satanism as the clergy men would like people to believe.

Human beings are born of free will. They have choice; they can choose what to believe and what not to believe. You cannot forcefully spoon feed me your beliefs or force me to accept your beliefs.

It is my choice to choose to believe in God/gods and not to believe in any deity as a whole. The constitution of Kenya in article 32 Freedom of conscience, religion, belief and opinion states (1) every person has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.

 (2) Every person has the right, either individually or in community with others, in public or in private, to manifest any religion or belief through worship, practice, teaching or observance, including observance of a day of worship.

(3) A person may not be denied access to any institution, employment or facility, or the enjoyment of any right, because of the person's belief or religion.

 (4) A person shall not be compelled to act, or engage in any act, that is contrary to the person's belief or religion. So the atheists in Kenya have a right to be registered.

I believe the church’s claims are farfetched in asking the AG to deregister the atheist society because they don’t adhere to their belief.

And I also believe it is ridiculous to claim that atheism is devil worshipping or Satanism. The 21st Century Exorcist film of 2012 ran a tagline that said “If you believe in God, you have to believe in the devil.”

When you chose to disbelieve God/gods and heaven and their existence you also chose to disbelieve in the existence of Satan and hell. Atheism is a disbelief of the bible and its teaching as a whole, a disbelief in religion.

The church may continue to push on with their claim but I would like refer them to Carl Segan’s words “You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.”

You can’t kill a believer. Religion is a pleasant word for superstition and just like Christianity is a religion to some, to others it is a superstition.

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