Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Britain has granted asylum to an atheist from Afghanistan due to fears he would be prosecuted back home, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, his lawyers said Tuesday.

The unnamed man was brought up a Muslim but after arriving in Britain in 2007 at the age of 16 gradually lost his faith, according to the university whose law school helped his case.

His leave to remain was due to expire in 2013 but he feared being sent back to Afghanistan, where he risked being prosecuted for abandoning his faith.

The man's case was taken up by Kent Law Clinic, a free service provided by students from the University of Kent in southeast England and supervised by qualified lawyers.

Claire Splawn, the undergraduate law student who prepared his case, said they argued that an atheist should be entitled to protection "in the same way as a religious person is protected." Her supervisor, Sheona York, added that they were "absolutely delighted for our client", who had originally come to Britain after a conflict with his family.

"We believe that this is the first time that a person has been granted asylum in this country on the basis of their atheism," she said.

"The decision represents an important recognition that a lack of religious belief is in itself a thoughtful and seriously-held philosophical position." In a submission to the Home Office, the lawyers included detailed evidence that the man's return to Afghanistan could result in a death sentence for being an apostate unless he remained discreet about his atheist beliefs.

They argued that remaining discreet would be virtually impossible, however, because every aspect of daily life and culture in Afghanistan is permeated by Islam.

A Home Office spokeswoman refused to comment on an individual case, but said Britain had a "proud history" of granting asylum to those who needed it.

Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association, welcomed the government's
action.

"Freedom of belief for humanists, atheists and other non-religious people is as important as freedom of belief for the religious, but it is too often neglected by Western governments who focus too narrowly on the rights of Christians abroad, as we have seen recently," he said.

"It is great to see Britain showing a lead in defending the human rights of the non-religious in the same way."
Source: Hurriyet

So, basically, more than a billion Muslims can now demand asylum, claiming they've converted to atheism. And once they're safely ensconced, they'll no doubt "rediscover" their faith.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that he probably wasn't 16 when he arrived, more like 26

Reality Check said...

Exactly. In the US, you can claim to be gay and be granted asylum. If you look young enough, you can claim to arrive alone, claim to be under 18, and you will be granted asylum under the 'unaccompanied minors' program. About 30,000 a year do this, mostly Mexican and other Latinos. These programs just scream 'fraud." Who cares? apparently noone.

Anonymous said...

No need to be an atheist as long as you are a muslim. Just claim you are a refugee ot whatever, any dhimwit government will accept you.

Anonymous said...

Whatever next!

Anonymous said...

Obviously the UK government no longer represents the best interest of it's true people, time for that government to be dissolved.

ENGLISHMAN said...

Turkey ,Greece,austria,germany .france,but the only idiots that will allow this crap are the conservative commies,one must apply for asylum in the first "safe country"nearest to ones own,this wog is taking the piss ,eagerly assisted by a bunch of stupid commie cows ,who have not been raped yet.This is a new addition to the I-spy book of lame excuses.

Anonymous said...

"Show how diaspora Jews have harmed the peoples whose countries they have lived in "

WTF? Um.....I'm not a Jew but that sounds a lot like anti-semitism to me. Care to elaborate on how specifically "The Jews" have harmed those countries.

I'm an American and also an Anti-Jihadist because Islamic Supremicism is the biggest threat to the Earth since Marxism-Leninism. But I'm having a real hard time following what you just said.
There's nothing wrong with people of different cultural backgrounds living together. That's what America IS for Christs' sake. All your latest post says to me is that you're afraid of people with different cultural backgrounds. That's a lot different than being afraid of Islamic Supremicism. The latter is fully justified but the former is just asinine.

Eric Dondero said...

I've been a huge fan of this blog. But my gosh, you're sounding awfully anti-Semitic these days. I am a Jew. And I am about as counter-Jihad as they come.

Duude, you're managing to push away some of your most ardent fans.

Editor. LibertarianRepublican.net

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Anonymous said...

Maybe more correct to say he is Persian

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Anonymous said...

DP111 writes..

What bet that this "athiest" Muslim will suddenly find Islam.

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