The Atheists In Kenya Society has decried a petition filed at the High Court seeking its deregistrations.
In a press statement released by the society’s President Harrison Mumia, the society had been served with the petition and was preparing to stage a defence.
Mumia regretted the move terming it retrogressive and meant to invade the freedom and the diversity of the Kenyan people.
“The Atheists In Kenya Society has today (26th September 2022) been served with a petition before the high court of Kenya seeking to have our society suspended on grounds that our registration and continued existence is unconstitutional. The petitioner in this petition is former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu,” said Mumia.
“This petition is aimed at fermenting the notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only. It is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people. We find the petition repugnant to good conscience,” he added.
Mumia termed the main petitioner Dr Ndichu as a Christian fundamentalist, accusing him of perceiving atheists as posing a danger to others, a notion he says doesn’t exist.
“Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya. He sees enemies where there is none,” he stated.
According to the petition filed on September 18, the petitioners allege that the society in question is unconstitutionally in existence.
“…the registration of the fourth respondent and its continued operations of the activities of the 4th respondent violate the Article preamble of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 which acknowledges the existence of God of Kenya being a religious society,” read part of the petition.
Dr Ndichu also based his petition on the continued use of social media platforms to undermine other people’s religious beliefs.
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