Atheists In Kenya society want national holiday similar to other religious groups

Harrison Mumia, president of Atheists in Kenya (JENIPHER WACHIE)

A non-religious society now wants the government to set aside a holiday for it similar to those enjoyed by religious groups.

Atheists In Kenya Society, a lobby that claims to have no belief in any supernatural being, made the demand just a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi gazetted Monday as a public holiday to mark Eid-Ul-Adha.

The day is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son. Harrison Mumia, president of the society argues that religious groups have been treated with privilege by getting days to celebrate and this has left out atheists.

“This declaration amounts to privilege that dominant religions (Christians and Muslims) have enjoyed since independence,” said Mumia