6 MPs have called on UK MPs to support the following Early Day Motion in
favour of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. You can help getting more
MPs on board by doing the following:
- Write to your MP, identifying and quoting the motion and ideally offering
arguments in favour of it. If you don’t know who your MP is or how to
contact them, visit http://www.parliament.uk /people.
- If your MP has already signed, congratulate them.
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UK members please consider supporting the following House of Commons
Early Day Motion:
COUNCIL FOR EX-MUSLIMS OF BRITAIN
That this House supports the human right to freedom of religion or
belief, including the right to change one’s religion and welcomes
the launch on 21st June of the Council for ex-Muslims of Britain,
an organisation dedicated to speaking up for the rights of those
raised as Muslim but who have now left that religion.
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New group for those who renounce Islam
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Former Muslims who fear for their lives because they have renounced their faith are to launch a new organisation in Britain on Friday, The Telegraph reports.
The Council of ex-Muslims of Britain plans to speak out against Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and Afghanistan that punish Muslim apostates with death. It also aims to become the voice of non-religious ex-Muslims who do not want to be represented by “regressive” umbrella groups such as the Muslim Council of Britain, writes Jonathan Petre in The Telegraph.
The council is being headed by Maryam Namazie, a human rights activist who was forced to flee her native Iran. She said: “We are establishing the alternative to the likes of the Muslim Council of Britain because we don’t think people should be pigeonholed as Muslims or deemed to be represented by regressive organisations like the MCB.”
Riazat Butt The Guardian, Friday June 22 2007
About this articleClose This article appeared in the Guardian on Friday June 22 2007 on p13 of the UK news and analysis section. It was last updated at 00:02 on June 22 2007.
A new group of secular-minded former Muslims in the UK has urged the government to cut all state funding to religious groups and to stop pandering to political Islam.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, launched yesterday in London, opposes the interference of religion in public life. Its spokeswoman, Maryam Namazie, said the group provided an alternative voice to the “regressive, parasitical and self-appointed leaders” from organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain and the “oxymoronic” Islamic Human Rights Commission.
“We want to challenge the Islamic movement,” she said. “It does not surprise me people are afraid to criticise Islam. There has been too much appeasement from the government. There are specific policies and initiatives aimed at Muslims and this approach divides society.”
The council’s manifesto calls for the freedom to criticise all religions and the separation of religion from the state and legal system. Another aim is to break the taboos that come with renouncing Islam.
Inayat Bunglawala, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “We’re not taking them seriously. I don’t think Muslims will have time for this.”
The launch of a Central Council of Ex-Muslims in Berlin has inspired similar groups in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. The British branch has 25 members who are prepared to have their names and photographs published.