Dubai’s Al Bayan had an article last week provocatively titled “Atheism: Why is it spreading?” The article gave the impression that there is a "growing tendency" among youth in the Gulf societies to become atheists. The author of the article, Dr. Sajed Al Abdali, based his observations mostly on reading Twitter and Facebook. However, to be fair to Al Abdali he is not unique, as journalism in the Middle East is gradually becoming a process of recycling tweets and posts.
As expected the article subject-matter was juicy enough to garner hysterical responses from his readers. The author summarized the comments received and agreed with "all" of them. So what were the comments received? Excerpt from The National: