In the last week we have had a number new members from all over the Middle East and South East Asia. Many of these members are former Muslims from Islamic countries. I notice this because I and a few of the moderators scan through the new members daily looking for bots whom would post spam. It's how we largely keep the site clean of it. If you ever see it, let us know and we'll boot them quickly.

The recent influx leaves me asking myself the question, "What is the impetus for the new members?" Is it random? Did the Think Atheist website get brought up on another forum of younger people in the Middle East? Is it a trend of youth walking away from Islam? Or is there a simple explanation like the South Park threats that is causing a youth to say enough is enough?

If you are a new member from the Middle East whom cares to share an opinion or why we might have seen a recent migration to the site from like minded people, I'd be interested to hear it. Welcome to all of the new members!

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Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 26, 2010 at 11:08am
Walking away from Islam takes guts, but I hope to see more people do it. Maybe they finally realize how wrong their religion and how it is a magnet for irrational thought and violence.
Comment by Ali on April 26, 2010 at 11:32am
hi Gaytor,
I'm an egyptian atheist who joined this network like four months ago but i was still more affiliated with facebook which has been disabling our accounts, groups and pages so many times without any warnings. we atheists are not welcomed to speak out our thoughts and criticize religions there. so we decided to get connected here instead, i personally feel so comfortable here and like we're all one big family .
and for sure i'd like to thank you guys for keeping this website clean of spams =)
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on April 26, 2010 at 12:56pm
I really don't know much about this, but isn't it almost exclusively ex-muslim atheists that are getting their facebook accounts disabled?
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on April 26, 2010 at 3:41pm
Welcome!
Comment by The Godless Monster on April 26, 2010 at 4:08pm
As a former Muslim and former Christian (yes, I was raised both), I'm glad to hear of the recent influx of Muslim members.
Comment by The Godless Monster on April 26, 2010 at 6:30pm
Being a commercial enterprise of its size, it's not surprising that they will grovel and pander to the religious elements out there. The same goes for YouTube; they're always pulling videos in order to avoid offending a few vocal extremists...and not just Muslims.
Comment by Bronia Gaston on April 27, 2010 at 10:28am
We are a group of militant atheists from the middle east who are active on facebook. Unfortunately recently facebook has started closing our profiles and groups because muslims are reporting us heavily. They have groups and events specially designed to report and close our groups!!!
We came here to think atheist knowing that here things will be different and that we can talk without being harassed :)
Lovely site. I'm in love with it already :)
Comment by Gaytor on April 27, 2010 at 10:32am
Don't worry about that here. I think that I speak for all of the admins in saying we'd be happy to tell them to beat it and defend our common ground.
Comment by Helm Sabrin on April 27, 2010 at 2:34pm
well.. welcome G.
If you asked any Muslim what's the suitable punishment for those who left islam the simple and obvious answer will be: " if any one change his religion then kill him!" it's a "Hadith" that prophet mohamed ordered his followers to obey dealing with ex. Muslims.

And we didn't just leave Islam.. we're criticizing it and showing up as infidels.. in islam this means we're Allah's enemy, we fight allah and his messenger and our punishment like Quraan said is:
"The Punishment for those who fight Allah and His Messenger, and spread mischief on earth, is to be killed or crucified or cut off their hands and feet from opposite.. or exile from the land that for them disgrace in this world and in the Hereafter an awful doom"

This damn monster will be an eternal threaten to all the whole world as long as it succeeds in shutting us down

I'm one of those who decided not to stop talking and expose this rotten culture, our existence it self as former muslims is big slap on terrorism face... so It's time to stand up.. show up.. unite against all those who oppose our rights, our freedom of speech, believe and even life.

Even in facebook i won't give up.. let them close our profiles.. we'll open tens ;)

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special thanks to Ahmed Ali who told about Ta :)
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Comment by Gaytor on April 27, 2010 at 3:27pm
How offensive would it be if we set up a page on Facebook called The Happy Kafir without a single comment on it and booted anyone who posted anything? Facebook would have no reason to remove it and the happiness would drive the fundamentalists crazy. Westerners and Middle Easterners enjoying each other and the absence of a god. It would entertain me anyway.

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