Wednesday, 25 February 2015

An open letter to the government of Saudi Arabia

Dear Sir/Madam,

I appeal to the government of Saudi Arabia to give leniency to those people who declare themselves to be atheists. To us the approach of beheading such individuals is seen by the overwhelming majority of Australians as barbaric and retrograde.

In Australia, at least 25% of the population do not believe in any gods. We don't consider that there is anything wrong with holding such views.

Atheists are good moral people who work in all sections of Australian society such as doctors, teachers, philosophers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, IT professionals and working people in various other areas.

In this country we enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of thought. We have a progressive, humane society where we respect the beliefs of others.

If, as I understand you to believe, that there is a god as is written in the Koran, then surely you would leave it to that god to punish people accordingly. Surely you would have to consider that it is not your place to do your god's work, it is his alone.

On behalf of Saudi atheists and humanity at large, please free those atheists who you accuse of blasphemy.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Marton
President
Sydney Atheists

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