Egypt's New Niqab Ban in Schools Divides the Nation

Egypt has recently unveiled its decision to ban the niqab, a type of Islamic religious garment worn by women, at schools, sparking a debate in one of Africa’s largest Muslim-majority countries.

Powerful Message from a Persecuted Egyptian Atheist

Sherif Gaber lived a typical life as a university student in Egypt, studying sociology at the Suez Canal University in Ismailia. But his life would change because of an argument with a teacher and a few Facebook postings that got him into legal trouble.

Around a decade after that, Sherif Gaber became a vlogger and political activist, fighting for human rights in a country notorious for its human rights violations under its authoritarian government.

Middle Eastern Governments Crackdown on LGBT Community Via Dating Apps

A human rights group released a new report detailing how security agencies and government officials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been using social media and dating apps to crack down on LGBTQIA+ people.

The report by Human Rights Watch, titled “All This Terror Because of a Photo: Digital Targeting and Its Offline Consequences for LGBT People in the Middle East and North Africa,” exposed how governments used digital methods to clamp down on the region’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Islamic Preacher's Hilarious New "Fatwa" Pisses Off Football Fans

An Egyptian Salafi leader released a “fatwa” (religious edict) declaring that football is a “waste of time,” sparking a debate in the Arab country as Egyptians continue to follow the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Younis Makhyoun, the former party president and chairperson of the Islamist and ultraconservative Al-Nour Party, answered a question from a viewer who asked him whether football is allowed in Islam.

Egypt Adds Sex Education Into Curriculum to “Stop Homosexuality”

Egypt has decided to introduce sexual education courses into the primary education curriculum. Although on the surface, this may seem highly progressive for the middle-eastern country, its main aim is to stop the spread of "homosexuality." Homosexuality is considered "deviant" behavior and extremely frowned upon in the country.

Atheist Republic Mourns the Loss of “Confused Heathen”

Atheist Republic is saddened to learn of the recent passing of an important member within the international Atheist Republic community, the Egyptian Ex-Muslim that was known to us as "Confused Heathen," "Confused Hamlet," and "Labby" to close friends. Confused Heathen was an active member of the Atheist Republic YouTube live chats and Discord community and became the founding creator and moderator of the Atheist Republic Subreddit.