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'Council of Ex-Muslims gives me hope'

I should have written sooner but we have been inundated with emails and calls from ex-Muslims, supporters and others. Here are just a few we have received:
Ali says: ‘I'm a closet apostate of Islam… Hearing of your movement gives me hope.’
Amal says ‘…it's about time we ex-Muslims came together and had our voices heard.'
And they are not only joining from Britain but from Iran , Iraq , and Kuwait …
Imran from Saudi Arabia says: ‘I don't find the words to express my joyful feelings about the council... today by chance, luckily I found the council. I saw the video of Maryam on youtube. It gave me courage and it gave me like a fresh breath of life...’
You can read more about why 25 of us began the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain by publishing our names and photographs. As I have said: ‘Yes, your religion or lack thereof is your business but not when you are killed for it. Then a public challenge becomes a form of resistance.’

Clearly, we have hit a nerve because in just seven months, with the support of countless people like you, we have managed to challenge political Islam in Britain and elsewhere, defend secularism and universal rights, and call for humanity without labels. But there is much more that we can and must do.
You can help us do more to break the taboo that comes with renouncing Islam and to push back religion’s adverse role in society at large by:
* Donating to our organisation. We need funds to cover everything from a campaign against the Sharia courts in Britain , a comprehensive resource centre about Islam, political Islam and ex-Muslims, a support system for ex-Muslims and Ex-Muslim TV programmes that can be broadcast across Europe and the Middle East .
* Participating in our events. On March 10, we are organising a seminar with Equal Rights Now in commemoration of International Women’s Day entitled Sexual Apartheid, Political Islam and Women’s Rights at Conway Hall in London from 6:30-9:30pm. The event is free. Speakers are Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany and Equal Rights Now; 2007 NSS Secularist of the Year; Louise Couling, Chair of Unison's Regional Women's Committee and member of the National Executive Council; Houzan Mahmoud, Spokesperson, Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq; Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Equal Rights Now, National Secular Society Honorary Associate; and Joan Smith, Novelist, columnist and human rights activist. The seminar is chaired by Hanne Stinson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association.
* Signing on to our campaigns and urgent actions. Right now we are gathering support to turn the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day into a day against sexual apartheid.
* Adding your name and statement to our list of members or supporters.
* Volunteering your time and expertise. We particularly need help in charity law, conference organising, researching, writing and broadcasting.
* Telling others about us by forwarding recent media coverage or our press releases to everyone you know...
According to the writer and philosopher AC Grayling, our manifesto constitutes ‘a bill of rights which is absolutely necessary for everyone, non-religious and otherwise, to adopt and observe now that the world is again experiencing, with such bitterness, widespread religion-generated difficulties.’
Together, we can and will change all that.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Warmest regards, Maryam
Maryam NamazieSpokesperson
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919
London WC1N 3XX , UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
hit a nerve? Why should anyone care is what I am wondering. Its your life.. not theirs.

also, nothing wrong with political islam so long as it is the right politics ;)
"Council of Ex-Muslims gives me hope"

Well, at least there is no question about the agenda.

I recently spent time with a Muslim from Jordan. His sincerity and kindness alone should be enough to convert just about anybody to Islam. It was a great and memorable experience to spend time with him.

There is that saying: "If he left his own, what he will do to mine?" Meaning, if he betrayed his people/religious group, etc. what he will do to the one he supposedly abides by now.

Not that there are not other honest people out there who convert to a different religion for various spiritual reasons.

But :) those angry Ex--Christians/Muslims/Jews/Buddhist/etc often do fall into that group where one wonders what made them so angry, to the point where instead of preaching the new found Way they found, they attack the one they left.

People are not perfect. I have heard so many people get angry with me because of who I declare myself to be simply because they were disappointed with someone who declare the same belief I do.

According to some, if someone does something bad, then we should immediately leave that religious group. So, all Catholics would have to abandon Catholicism because certain priests are phedofiles (spelling?), all Muslims should leave Islam, because some commit terrorism declaring themselves to be Muslims, all Christian Orthodox should leave that faith because certain Christian Orthodox in Bosnia killled 'in the name of Christ' to 'bring Bosnian Muslims back to the Heavenly faith,' all atheists should then join a religious group because Stalin was atheist and killed so many people (mainly Jews) etc.

No. People can choose to be who they want to be. You cannot go around attack them, simply because of someone else's actions.
I personally believe, that a lot of angry Ex-somethigs need a lot of counseling for psychological trauma they may have experienced, then introduce them to people who are not the way those Ex-somethings believe them to be.
Thanks God that we in the Uk are free to leave Islam without the threat of execution. although those who leave islam are still subject to abuse if they stay living in muslim communities.
there is an article about it here

Muslim apostates cast out and at risk from faith and family - Times Online

Muslim apostates cast out and at risk from faith and family

THE first brick was thrown through the sitting room window at one in the morning, waking Nissar Hussein, his wife and five children with a terrifying start. The second brick went through his car window. It was a shock, but hardly a surprise. The week before, another brick had been thrown through the window as the family were preparing for bed in their Bradford home. The victim of a three-year campaign of religious hatred, Mr Hussein’s car has also been rammed and torched, and the steps to his home have been strewn with rubbish.

Amazing. What I dont understand is, if I left Islam, nobody would ever know. I will simply stop practicing, & nobody can hurt me for that. Whether I live in Pakistan, Egypt or SA. I can have a bible in my shelf, or visit a Church, & whats the big deal with that? I have been to hindu temples.....they look nice.

Making apostacy your qualification & career is obviously another behaviour pattern.