MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 114
Article views: 791
Latest Badges:

View all SharksterII's badges.

Ethics and Atheophobia

14 May 2013, 10:15

After my last articles on atheism, the respondents of Part 2 contacted me in several ways, and threatened me, they would either shoot me, or assault me or do my wife and family harm.

The one that contacted me the most repeatedly asked me what my address was. (Stalker alert…lol) He also stated that if I didn’t remove the article, mentioned his name again he would sue me, as his lawyer and himself was going to monitor N24… I said I would have no problem, but would like to know the crime I committed.

His answer was that I had no permission to use their names or link it to their profile. I retorted by saying there was a clear message

"Hermann Bohmer Ek bedank jy vir julle antwoorde. As daar iemand is wat nie sy naam genoem wil he nie, laat asb dit hier

April 24 at 10:05am · Like

There was not a single response there after concerning the usage of their names, except for a person that did give permission, but said I should give the editor a private message. Because of its nature, I refused…J

Back to the “scene of the crime”, one of the bloggers (and there were many such remakes) stated I had no authority to do so, as the Facebook group was a closed group and therefor if they say something in a closed group, there is no way that it may leave that page… Basically according him, I was unethical about everything. I was stunned… Firstly, I said, Facebook is a public forum, and although the group is a closed one, I was accepted into the group, I requested that if there a problem with the usage of their names, they should record it here, which no one did. Secondly, if something is said in a public forum, one is allowed to either report it, or mention it, as a “Closed group” isn’t a place where things can be kept in the dark. Thirdly I reminded him on what ethics is…Ethics is doing the correct thing at the right time in full view of everyone. Nothing is hidden, all things are transparent.

During this, I had a conversation with a regular of News 24 , Delusion Buster. I asked him why he is using the pseudonym.  He stated he was afraid his family will be targeted in some way, and that he would lose clients if they knew he was an atheist. He said, a few hundred years ago they would have been burned at the stake for being atheists. This is very true…

“Those labeled as atheist, including early Christians and Muslims, were as a result targeted for legal persecution”

1.      Gey, Steven G. (2007). "Atheism and the Freedom of Religion". In Martin, Michael. The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge University Press. pp. 250–253, 260–2. ISBN 978-0-521-84270-9.

2.      7.^ Armstrong, Karen (1994). A History of God: The 4000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Random House, Inc. pp. 98, 147. ISBN 978-0-345-38456-0.

“"Americans still feel it's acceptable to discriminate against atheists in ways considered beyond the pale for other groups," asserted Fred Edwords of the American Humanist Association. However, other atheists reject these comparisons, arguing that while atheists may face disapproval they have not faced significant oppression or discrimination”

However they have protection from the law… against atheists

But what about South Africa…? To check, let first get some background and learn new neologisms…

Firstly, the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against atheists is called Atheophobia.

On Apostacy

Apostasy is the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. One who commits apostasy (or who apostatises) is known as an apostate. The term apostasy is used by sociologists to mean renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person's former religion, in a technical sense and without pejorative connotation.”

Many countries have extreme sentences for apostates, which include jail sentences (3 years), Death penalty and of Judaism does not follow the Torah's prescription on this point: there is no punishment today for leaving Judaism, other than being excluded from participating in the rituals of the Jewish community, including leading worship, being called to the Torah and being buried in a Jewish cemetery.

South Africa is currently seen as a Christian country. So what is the penalty according to Christians? Will Delusion Buster be targeted?

In Christianity there are mentioning of apostasy, one being adultery: "Apostasy is symbolized as Israel the faithless spouse turning away from Yahweh her marriage partner to pursue the advances of other gods (Jeremiah 2:1-3; Ezekiel 16). . . . 'Your children have forsaken me and sworn by god that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes' (Jeremiah 5:7, NIV). Adultery is used most often to graphically name the horror of the betrayal and covenant breaking involved in idolatry. Like literal adultery it does include the idea of someone blinded by infatuation, in this case for an idol: 'How I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts . . . which have lusted after their idols' (Ezekiel 6:9).”

Nowhere does it saw something about being put to death from committing apostasy… or any other punishment.

So it is a big “No” on that topic. Delusion Buster can sleep safely on that account…

So I have seen no events where there are discriminated against atheist in South Africa. Our Constitution is one of the best worded on the matter

“9 (3) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth. “

In this very same blog a female teacher ranted about having to participate in Ascension Celebration, although she doesn’t belief in Jesus. I asked why she can’t be open and honest about it, she too referred to that she and her child will be targeted. Her child? Why a child, unless the child too have been indoctrinated…

1 archaic : ungodliness, wickedness

2a : a disbelief in the existence of deity

b : the doctrine that there is no deity( Note Doctrine) J

Dogma is the official system of belief or doctrine held by a religion, or a particular group or organization. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system's paradigm, or the ideology itself.

“Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology (see doctrine)”

So if we look at the possibilities on which one of those could atheists be discriminated against or targeted…

Atheists are spread through all races, they are both male and female, across many ethnics or social origins, are across all colours possibilities, they are hetro-, bi-, homo- and asexual, they are sometimes a part of LBGT groups or support them, they are across all ages, some have disabilities, others don’t. They have the same morals as we do, as no moral act differs between atheists and that of the religious or non religious. They have many different cultures, speak different languages and born in different places etc. They keep on saying it isn’t a religion or a belief, although definition might disagree with them, they will just reject it. So what will they be discriminated against?

So the question why a pseudonym? A pseudonym is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which differs from his or her original or true name (orthonym). If the purpose is atheism, and atheism stands for honesty, especially intellectual honesty, why the need for a pseudonym?

Like I said before I was accused of being unethical, not being in the open, not doing the right thing on the right time in the open for all to see then I am giving the impression that I must be either ashamed of the position, or one is hiding something from the public.

We all recall the black uniformed men that were part of the AWB, covering their faces standing for something, but to “ashamed” to be known in public. Even the terrorists that do beheadings cover their faces? Why, if they belief in their views and believed that they are good, there ought to be no hiding…

So I wonder about any pseudonym in any forum / social media like Facebook and News 24. Why create a pseudonym to hide their identity? Even the profiles created in Facebook which entitles the pseudonym person to comment on News24. If they can create one fake profile , they can create many others, giving a false perception about the support of that particular person’s stance or ideology.

Most of the religious people here use their real profile and numerous attack in the form of ad honimen’s are done. A prime example, is Lyle’s weight

So to finish off, tell us the reason why you are hiding or for what reason you will be discriminated against with, and why will you be targeted, if you yourself is targeting or opposing the Christian religion as listed in this page .

Studies have shown people find atheists untrustworthy, mostly because of this hiding behind pseudonyms. There are many more reasons ;)

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Terrylin Backpackers
The cheque is in the post

"I hear you are in bond collections. What are the latest excuses people are coming up with these days? I've run out of ideas." Read more...

11 comments 3922 views
Submitted by
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

14 comments 1238 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

10 comments 2031 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 501 views
Submitted by

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 187 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year


14 comments 316 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go! - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25



E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2014 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.