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First let me thank FIKA for joining the Atheists In Kenya, and indeed participating in the “God” debate that took place at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications on the 15th March, 2014. I also want to thank Ssemakula Mukiibi, FIKA Chairperson for accepting to be one of the panellists. I must also thank the ladies who graced the occasion. I am talking of the Atheists ladies. Let me also thank the students who put in a lot of time to make the event successful!
This debate tried to address one fundamental question: “Does God Exist?”. Every other discussion revolved around this very question. I and Ssemakula represented Atheists, while we had to religious folks representing the deities. One of them, Makokha, came to preach rather than debate. I felt sorry for him!
So was this debate necessary? I have heard folks in the past, even atheists, saying that such debates are not necessary. In my view, such debates, especially in third societies which are highly conservative and averse to discussing god topics, we need such debates. Why? Because through such debates, we are able to unearth several things that we do take for granted. For instance, the lack of appreciation of logical fallacies, how our education system has contributed to a society that questions less, lack of critical thinking, religious indoctrination, the misunderstanding that societies have about atheists, etc.
Let me take you through some questions that came up during the debate; to pass my point across:
And many many more.
But what would be of concern to me, is how these students demonstrated a lack of critical thinking, how they blindly held to the god belief, how they found it strange that we have people we call Atheists. There was this girl, for instance who kept quoting the bible, as if it meant anything to us. She quoted the book of Genesis, as well as Isaiah, and Psalms. Amazingly, the verse that says Atheists are fools came up yet again. (The fool says in his heart, there is no god).
What is my ultimate conclusion? Let us move out of social media, and into the public, and let us debate openly these issues. I say again, let us have more of these debates. Ours is not to eradicate poverty, but to provoke a different thinking in our society with regard to religion, and other free thought topics. As the President of the Atheists in Kenya, i will organize for other debates such as these, with the aim of providing a platform where religious issues can be debated.
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