I read a fine article by Mr Tariq Ali about the current cartoon controversy in the Guardian Ulimited . To quote him from his article:
I am an atheist and do not know the meaning of the "religious pain" that is felt by believers of every cast when what they believe in is insulted. I am not insulted by billions of Christians, Muslims and Jews believing there is a God and praying to this nonexistent deity on a regular basis.Being a atheist myself, I can relate to what Mr Tariq Ali is saying.
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