as difficult as it is to be an atheist in America, it pales in comparison to other parts of the world. although i imagine some of our members in Mississippi or Texas may not agree :)
what really struck me is how engrained this attitude must be in their society. this quote from the beginning of the article jumped out:
"I used to think that they should be killed,"
Theists make themselves believe. I pretended to for years. When children are raised under the threat of an eternal hellfire it's hard to break free. I'm certain there are a lot more atheists than are counted. When I applied to college I left the religion box blank. The sister who took it asked me if she could mark it christain (it was a private,catholic,liberal arts,college) I told her I didn't care how she marked it. At that time there wasn't an option for atheist. She marked it christan.
I sure hope atheism is growing in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East.