Lara Saumatre's Blog

I have been dragged halfway across the world during my childhood. I come from a devoted Muslim family, but growing up in a multicultural atmosphere has provided me with a new vision of the world. I’m now an eighteen-year old atheist interested in languages, social sciences, debating and other seemingly boring pastimes. I’m a new university student and an expert procrastinator.

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:50

I'm constantly reminded, reproachfully, that I was born Muslim and that it's my duty to remain faithful to Allah. Islam functions very much like a clan. It's a closely intertwined tribe whose rules you must obligatorily and blindly obey.

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:56

Many tend to attribute humanity's glory and evil to God's will, while omitting human effort and capability. Does believing in a deity necessarily mean degrading human beings? Is humanism compatible with religion?

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 21:15

Religious conservatism dictates social standards in Egypt. Sexual harassment continues to be a legitimate problem and is fueled, in part, by beliefs about women that are taught by religious institutions.

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 17:19

Even though atheism is a personal choice, religious institutions seem to find its presence threatening – as in Egypt where it is condemned by Islam.