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.”

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