August 5, 2010

Iranian Atheist Blogger Threatened

I suspect that most atheist bloggers receive death threats from time to time. It seems to come with the territory. Here in the U.S., dealing with them is usually as simple as notifying law enforcement and not giving the matter much more thought. Sadly, things can be considerably more complicated in Muslim nations.

According to the Committee to Protect Bloggers, Fariborz Shamshiri, an Iranian atheist blogger, has been receiving death threats. Something tells me that this is far more serious in Iran where one can be imprisoned just for criticizing religious leaders. Can you imagine the courage it would take to write not one but several outspoken atheist blogs in a country like Iran?

You can see some of Shamshiri's work at Rotten Gods.