International Imad Day

Since 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco (the first public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion), he has received numerous threats.

Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas (the highest government religious institution headed by the King) issued a fatwa decreeing the death penalty for Moroccans who leave Islam. Currently, under Morocco’s penal code, those who “impede or prevent worship” face imprisonment and fines.

The threats continue to escalate. Recently, Imad’s father has been interrogated by the secret service. He was told to tell Imad to stop his activities and that this would be the “last warning before they react”. Imad’s registered address has also been raided by security forces.

We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about Imad’s safety and life and call on the Moroccan government to guarantee his security and respect freedom of expression and thought. Rather than prosecute freethinkers, the government should prosecute those who issue fatwas and death threats.

On 15 May we call for an International Imad Day in order to stand with and defend Imad.

He is all of us.

[For 15 May, add your name to the list below; send letters of protest to the Moroccan embassy in your country of residence; Tweet #Imad, #Atheist, #exMuslim; do an act of solidarity, including posting a photo of yourself holding a message like Imad has done (you can also email the photo to; click “like” on the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco’s Facebook page and more.]

Signatories: (Add your name, description and or organisation, and country in the comments section below. The list will be updated regularly.)

Updated 15 May 2013, 22:00 hours

A C Grayling, Philosopher, UK
Abdul Majeed
Adam Brown, Co-Founder, Atheism Resource, USA
Adam Dobrer, Atheist
Adam Felton, Sweden
Adam Grannick
Adam Lee, Blogger, Daylight Atheism, USA
Adrian Rox, London Atheist Activist Group, UK
Adrian Stern
Afsaneh Vahdat, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Sweden, Sweden
Alf Krogseth, Tromsø, Norway
Alfons Grieb
Alice Polesky
Amanda Brown, We are Atheism, Atheism Resource and Atheists Giving Aid, USA
Amanda Knief, Managing Director, American Atheists
Amanda Sebestyen, Writer, UK
Amy Roman, Orlando, USA
Anders Slaatsveen, Former Teacher and Manager of NGO, Norway
Andres Cruz-Wellmann, Atheist and Photojournalist
Andrzej Koraszewski
Andy Stenson, Anti-theist, Sydney, Australia
Ane Torine Myrhaug Bæra, Atheist, Freethinker, Member of the Heathen society, Norway
Anissa Helie, Algerian/French Activist, France
Anita Romaniuk
Anka Kouwenhoven, The Netherlands
Ann Brusseel, Belgian Parliament, Belgium
Anne Boger, Norway
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
Antony Wibberley
Ariane Brunet
Arifur Rahman, Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger, UK
Armin Navabi, Founder at Atheist Republic, Canada
Atheist Alliance International
Audrey King
Bachaar Arnaout, Psychiatrist, USA
Barbara Burfoot
Barrie Harrison
Beaux Johnson
Behzad Varpusthy, Founder of Northern ex-Muslim Meetup Group, UK
Benjamin Hagberg, Rhetoric Student, Sweden
Beverly Walker
Billy Wardlaw, Artist, USA
Birger Johansson, Umeå, Sweden
Bob Lane, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Bogdan Markov, Non-religious, Romania
Bouchara Charly
Brad Reddekopp
Brandon Anderson, Texas, USA
Brendan Maher, Co-Director, Dublin, Ireland
Brian Fields, President PA Nonbelievers
Brian Harrison, Atheist, Realist and Humanist
Brian Harrison, Atheist, Realist and Humanist
Brian Leslie
Brian Robinson
Bruce Blanton Breece, Harmonica player, Los Angeles, USA
Carlos A. Diaz, President, Atheist Alliance International, Argentina
Carole Brown
Catherine Donoghue
Charlie Klendjian, Secretary, Lawyers’ Secular Society, UK
Chintamani Jonathan Weiss
Chris Burns
Chris Johansen
Chris Moore
Christian Hochstöger
Christina Dahl, The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
Christine Hamilton
Christine M. Shellska, PhD Candidate, Canada
Christopher Roche, Bath Atheists, Humanists and Secularists, UK
Chunilal Velji Chavda
Claire Pedersen, Atheist, Australia
Clara Piccirillo
Colin Atkinson, Sheffield Humanist Society Committee member and organiser of Sheffield Sceptics in the Pub, UK
Collis Gretton, UK
Contessa de Metoncula, Atheist and Humanist, California/Hawaii
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany
Crystal White
Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova
Dalis Davies
Daniel Fincke, Blogger, USA
Daniel Gronau, Germany
Daniel Solberg Johannessen, Bergen, Norway
Daniel Vrangsinn, President Misantrof ANTIRecords and Board Member of The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
Danny Vermeyen, Human Rights Activist, Belgium/Flanders
Darren Wolfe, Blogger, The International Libertarian
David Fitzgerald, Author and Public Speaker, Secular Student Alliance
David Mehrania, Texas, USA
David Morgan
David Nicholls, President, Atheist Foundation of Australia, Australia
David Silverman, President, American Atheists, USA
David Stevenson
David Williams, USA
Dejana Savić, Blogger, Writer and Atheist, Serbia
Dennis Penaluna, President, Nottingham Secular Society, UK
Diana Neslen
Diana Summers, Christian
Diederik Zwager
Digant C Kasundra
Dinah Livingstone, London, UK
Dirk Groditzki, Germany
Djemila Benhabib, Writer and Politician, Canada
Don Engel
Donald Wharton, Coordinator DC Region Atheists
DPR Jones, The Magic Sandwich Show, USA
Dr Ant Allan, Humanist, UK
Dr B Redfearn
Dya Ahmad, Member of Youth Parliament in Iraq and Secretary of Student and Youth organisation in Iraq
Ed Brayton, Blogger, Freethoughtblogs, USA
Ed MCarther
Edwina Rogers, Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America, USA
Elia Tabesh, Activist, Sweden
Elisabeth Wolff, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa e.V., Germany and Austria
Elka Enola
Ella Holmes, Australia
Elmar Martin
Emily Dietle, Blogger, USA
Emily Mako
Ertan Zeki, Atheist
Fabian van Langevelde, Board Member, Atheïstisch Verbond (Dutch Atheist Alliance), The Netherlands
Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, Iraqi Founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement, USA
Farzana Hassan, Writer, Canada
Fiona Lorenz
Francisco Calvo Z., Hispanic American Freethinkers, USA
Gabriel Delgdo, Veteran, USA
Gabriel Taylor
Gary Allan
Gary Tregoning
Geneviève Thain, Teacher, Canada
Ghulam Mustafa Lakho, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Pakistan
Ginny Laag, London Atheist Activist Group, UK
Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space, UK
Gjermund Vigre-Larsen, Norway
Gordon Willis, Musician and Humanist
Grant James
Grant Lewison
Greta Christina, Writer and Blogger, USA
Guy Otten
Hans Chrisitan Cars
Hans Petter Dalsheim, Atheist, Norway
Harald Fagerhus, The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
Harold Walter Kroto, Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winner, UK
Harry Kramer
Harry Perry
Hasan Mahmud, Director, Muslim Canadian Congress
Heath Wyld, HI, USA
Heather Else, USA
Helen Palmer, Chair, Central London Humanists Group, UK
Helga Bonnyns, Belgium
Henrik Thorsen
Herman Jacobs
HJ Hornbeck, Canada
Horst Bressel
Hugh Finn
Iain Harrison
Ian Kirk, Engineer, London, UK
Ian McDonald
Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
Ibrahim Abdallah, Founder, Muslimish, USA
Ignacio Matanza
Ingalill Sandal, Member of LIM, Norway
Iqbal Ahmed, UK
Irina Ternauciuc, Designer, Romania
Ivan Martin
J Smith
Jacek Tabisz, President, Polish Rationalist Society, Poland
Jaco van der Byl, London, UK
Jacqueline Plavier, Baltimore, USA
Jacques Rousseau, South African Free Society Institute, South Africa
Jaime Griffen, Atheist
James Booth
James Eisner, Musician, Science Graduate, Life member of Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society, and Atheist, UK
James Nichols
Jan Arild Evensen
Jan de Jong, Bussum, The Netherlands
Jaya Gopal, Founder Chairman, Atheist Society of India, India
Jenifer Flintoft
Jennifer Lessard, USA
Jenny Stephens
Jeremy Harpur
Jeremy Parker, Guard, Australia
Jeremy Rodell, Chair of South West London Humanists, UK
Jim Gaves
Jiri Kytka, Ireland
Jo Ben Rais
Joan Savage
Joanna Triebling, Atheist, Poland
John “TorakTu” Mieske, Musician, Programmer, Film Crew and Atheist, USA
John Adams, Atheist and Editor, Australia
John Eade, Centre for Research on Multiculturalism and Migration, University of Roehampton, UK
John Opie
John Perkins, President, Secular Party of Australia, Australia
John Riddell
John Rogers, Retired Director of Laboratories
John Smedley, Atheist
John Welt Sr., Ohio Regional Director of American Atheists
John-Paul Verow
Jonathan M S Pearce, Philosopher, Author, Blogger and Public Speaker, UK
Josh Kutchinsky, International Representative, Central London Humanists, UK
Josh Younespour, Student and Atheist, UK
Joshua Reeves, Universalist, Shaman and Atheist
Kacem El Ghazzali, Moroccan Atheist Blogger and Human Rights Activist, Switzerland
Kamilah Harris, USA
Karen Wood
Karl Karnadi, Indonesian Atheists, Founder, Indonesia
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian, UK
Katie Graham
Kayla Bailey, USA
Kazem Nikkhah, Political Activist, UK
Kenni Holland, Mother and Proud Atheist, NC, USA
Kevin Keech
Kevin Saldanha, Regional Director and Humanist, Canada
Kieron Kavanagh
Kikki Brill
Kitty Squyres, Student, USA
Krishan Attawar, Kent, UK
Kylie Sturgess, Blogger, Token Skeptic, USA
Kylie Sturgess, Podcaster, Australia
Larry Mendoza, Director of Educational Outreach, Beltway Atheists Inc.
Laura Guidetti, Marea Review, Italy
Lawrence Maxwell Krauss, Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, USA
Leland Somers
Leo Igwe, Nigerian Humanist Movement, Nigeria
Lewis Wilkins
Lloyd Newson, Director of DV8 Physical Theatre, UK
Lorenzo Carissimo, Student and Atheist, Argentina
Louise Mailloux, Author and Secular Activist, Canada
Lydni Reichenbotch, Free thinker, USA
Lynda Hoogendoorn
Lynne Wheeler
M A Chohan
Machteld Zee, The Netherlands
Madeline Weld, Free thinker, Canada
Malcom Barnes
Malcom Grant
Malgorzata Koraszewska
Mandla Dlamini, Humanist, South Africa
Mano Singham, Scientist and Writer, USA
Marc Hewitt, Fellow free thinker, Northern Ireland
Margaret Laird
Maria Vellanz
Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and founder of Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France
Mark Embleton, President, Atheism UK, UK
Martyn Hughes, South Wales, UK
Mary Devery, Historian and Human Rights Campaigner and Board Member of Terre des Femmes – Human Rights for Women e.V., Germany
Maryam Jamel, Organisation of Women’s Liberation of Iraq
Maryam Namazie, Fitnah, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, and One Law for All, UK
Massimo Redaelli, International Representative, Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti, Italy
Matt Davis
Megan McDonald, Calgary, Canada
Meredith Tax, Chair, Centre for Secular Space, USA
Mersedeh Ghaedi, Former Iranian Political Prisoner, UK
Michael Nugent, Chair, Atheist Ireland, Ireland
Michael Wilkinson
Mihir Mehta, Student, India
Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, International Committee against Stoning, International Committee against Execution and Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany, Germany
Mitch Stark, USA
Mohamed Mahmoud, Sudanese Academic, UK
Nadia El-Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker, France
Nahla Mahmoud, Sudanese Humanists Group, UK
Naser Khader, Danish-Syrian former Member of Parliament, Denmark
Nazanin Borumand, Council of Ex-Muslim of Germany, Germany
Nick Gotts
Nils Inge Graven, Norwegian atheist, Secular Humanist and Human Rights Activist, Norway
Nima Gorgin
Nishathri De Alwis, Atheist and Freethinker, Sri Lanka and UK
Noah Wiles, Social Media Director, National Atheist Party, USA
Ofe Mazy, leader of Service Workers Union of Iraq
Ophelia Benson, Blogger and Writer, USA
Owen Dixon
Patrick Langan, University Lecturer
Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, UK
Paul Bane
Peter Algoet, HVV Atheisme Vlaanderen, Belgium
Peter Calluy
Peter Hood
Peter Kettle
Peter Kidd
Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation, UK
Philip Matthew, Accountant and Secular Humanist, UK
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, UK
PZ Myers, Blogger and Scientist, USA
Radu Hila, USA
Raffaele Carcano, Secretary, Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti, Italy
Rafiq Mahmoud, Activist, Indonesia
Rainer Boegle, Scientist and Bright, Munich, Germany
Rajasekar.C, Civil Engineer, Rationalist and Atheist, India
Rawand Khasraw
Ray Shaffer, TX, USA
Rayanne Stemmler
Raymond Bennett
Rebecca Watson, Blogger, USA
Red Lee, Activist, UK
Reinout Zunderdorp, President, Humanist Historical Centre, The Netherlands
Richard Dawkins, Scientist, UK
Richard G L Thain DDS, Canadian Atheist, Rationalist and Humanist, Canada
Richard Lucas
Rick Gladwin, Toronto, Canada
Rik Delaet
Rob Senelstun
Rob Smith, Pantheist, Writer / Handbook for Infidels, USA
Robert Hall, CA, USA
Robert M. Ramus, USA
Robert Park
Robert Renwick
Robert Wilson
Roberto Monti
Robin Blick, Historian, Musician and member of National Secular Society, UK
Robin Hayward
Robin P Clarke, Researcher
Ronald Bilik, Freidenkerbund Österreich
Ronnie Johanson, Author, Norway
Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association, USA
Roy Whittaker, Freethinker, Isle of Man
Royston Wildng, Musical Director, Australian Atheist Choir and Atheist Activist, Australia
Russell Blackford, Writer and Philosopher, Australia
Russell Webb
Ruth Appleton
Säde Bartling, Christian Composer, Helsinki, Finland
Sally Summers, USA
Samir Noory, Chair, Committee for Abolishing Capital Punishment in Iraq
Samuel Warshaw, London, UK
Sarah Kamil
Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Shakeel Rehman, Member of LIM, Norway
Shaker Srinivasan
Shelley Segal, Singer and Songwriter, Australia
Shishir Thadani, Writer, India
Siamak Bahari, Editor, Children First Now Persian Publication, Sweden
Sindre Bremnes, The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
Sissel Røvik, Blogger and Writer, Turkey/Norway
Siv Helene Sinober, Atheist and City Planner
Siyavesh Lashgari, Editor of Bidary, USA
Sohaila Sharifi, Iranian Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK
Sonia Hidalgo
Sonja Eggerick, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Belgium
Sophie Dulesh, Writer, Canada
Stephen Atkins
Stephen Bird, Atheist
Stephen Keeler
Stephen Swift
Steve Chinn, General Secretary, Humanist Society Scotland, UK
Steve Clements
Steve Thomas, Falun, Sweden
Stuart Hartill, Satirist and Cultural Commentator, Isle of Man
Svein Bjorkly
Tani Randolff
Tarek Fatah, Writer, Canada
Tarina Dark
Tata M. Ringberg
Thomas Roswell, Student, USA
Tom Christensen, Anti-theist, USA
Tom Silvest, Activist and Atheist, Germany
Toni Gandel
Tony Mohorovic
Tony Payton
Tore Meberg, Norway
Udo Schuklenk, Professor of Philosophy, Canada
Valerie Price
Van den Eeden
Veronica Timperley
Victor Franco, Vice President Atheist Alliance International
Viggo Holger-Jensen, Apathetic Agnostic, Oslo, Norway
Waleed Al-Husseini, Palestinian Blogger and Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France, France
Wanda Wilson, Freethinker, Canada
Wesley Herrin
Wim Lourens
Yasmine Vinck, Belgium

Comments (337)

  • Wee need to overcome this dangerous illusion of a superficial almigthy god. “Religion poisons everything!” Freedom for Imad.

  • I have the fondest memories of my stay in Morocco.

    The Moroccans I have met are amongst the warmest, friendliest and most tolerant people in the World. I cannot believe they would condone or countenance this ugly, vindicitve intolerance against Imad Iddine Habib, whose only crime is to pose questions and honestly and courageously state his beliefs.

    Friends, think again, atheism and secularism are not a threat to you or your way of life, quite the contrary.

  • Brandon Anderson

    Brandon Anderson, USA, TX. I stand with Imad for free thought and expression. Oppression only degrades, never builds and will be the end of us all if we don’t put away outmoded thinking.

  • Islam is what convinced me that there is no God, and that religions are man made. Dawkins and Hitchens helped. There will not pe peace until there is no religion.

  • dude you know who I am !!! you are my friend and spent may great times together stay safe bro

  • Please add my name
    Freedom of expression and the right to free religious thought is a cornerstone of civilisation

  • David Fitzgerald

    Please add my name as well: David Fitzgerald, Author & Public Speaker, Secular Student Alliance.
    Shokran Gazillan!

  • Do not silence Imad – let Morrocco be the country in Northern part of Africa to show support to free speech – Imad you are not alone. We will be here and support you and your right to freedom of speech and to be atheist.

  • If your religion is so fragile you must compel people to maintain it through force, then you have bigger problems on your hands than Imad. Stop acting like petulant children and start acting like leaders. By the way— calling a threat a “fatwa” doesn’t make it any less abhorrent. Your silly pursuit against this young man brings heavy shame on what I am continually told is a “religion of peace.”

  • Please add my name to the list — freedom to believe or disbelieve is a human right.

  • Please add my name to the list. I sent an e-mail to the Moroccan Consulate in Washington DC, yesterday, which bounced back, but then I sent another e-mail of protest to the Moroccan Consul in New York.

    Heath Wyld, Honolulu, HI, USA

  • I support Imad Iddine Habib. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations, states “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief….”

  • I humbly ask you add my name to this list in support of Imad. Billy Wardlaw, Artist, USA

  • Would any of us be as brave as Imad? He needs support . Sadly , the newspapers would rather tell us what Kim Kardashian is wearing .

  • Kamilah Harris - USA

    Add my name to the signatories. Theocracy must come to an end. It’s time for the entire world to grow up.

  • You are an inspiration !!
    One day humankind will be free of the tyranny of organised religion thanks to brave people like you.

  • We all know how bad religion can be. Now it is time to give up on the other fairy tale that infects the minds of many atheists, the cult of the state. Imad’s case goes to show the state is primarily an instrument of oppression that needs to be opposed as stringly as faith is. In a stateless society Imad would be free to express his views.

  • Add my name – I support the right of everyone and anyone to have freedom of thought at all times.

  • Please add my name to the list, good sir.

    Thomas Roswell, Student, United States.

  • Are murder and issuing death threats not crimes in Morocco? That would be terrible for tourism. Why are you persecuting Imad?

  • Please put me on the petition. I support atheism and freedom of belief for everyone.

  • Andres Cruz-Wellmann

    I would like to add my name, Andres Cruz-Wellmann, Atheist and photojournalist.

  • Rayanne Stemmler

    You are a courageous young man. I admire you for standing up for your beliefs.

  • create an google form or create an cause in instead of asking people to comment & updating it manually.

    BTW my name is Rajasekar.C & am an proud Rationalist & atheist from INDIA !!

  • Hispanic American Freethinkers in the United States of America supports freedom of conscience and freedom from religion in every country in the world. As such, we support all those who do believe in the existence of supernatural fairy stories.

  • Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you’re dead
    -kurt vonnegut

  • I support all atheists around the world in their search for freedom from religious prosecution and persecution

  • Please add my name.
    This is not just a matter of freedom of expression, it is also about freedom of thought. They don’t want people to think, because that is where they lose the bet….

    No to fanaticism….

  • Freedom to practice your religion, or no religion at all, should be a fundamental right for all people.

  • ISLAM cannot be very convincing if theocratic state institutions have to threaten death to those who do not follow their dogma.
    It is astonishing that anyone can possibly think that threatening death is virtuous, and that expressing your true thoughts and feelings is evil.
    Some of humanity is still trapped in the dark ages!

  • We must ALL be free to make up our mind wether to worship or not.
    We must ALL be free to make up our mind wether to believe in God or not.
    This is NOT something that can be imposed by a Monarch or any other individual who has an Army. Nor is it something that can be imposed by one group of humans on others just because they have read something that was said by someone, and written down by others at a later date.
    NO, just tell these people that GOD is quite capable of sorting us out himself – he does NOT need them to fight his battles.
    The Moroccans and others of their ilk must get into the world of TODAY, and leave that young man alone.

  • Brave young man – and what happens to him reveals how much personal freedom is allowed in islamic societies – none, if you don’t like the oppressive rules of this religion..

    Dirk from Germany

  • Religion makes the world a sad place. Imad is not “impeding or preventing” worship, anyway. He is simply speaking up for his own (and others) right to speak up to be without one. These religious people need a swift punishment as a wake-up call to realize THEY are the ones attacking us and THEY are the ones holding back humanity – but no matter what, I have hope humanity will prevail and progress completely past these sorry, untruthful excuses for the origins of our beautiful Universe.

  • David Stevenson (Very Irreverend)

    Why is it that religions preach love/peace and practice hate/oppression? I hope he keeps his head!

  • Lynda Hoogendoorn

    To believe or not to believe…that is the question that every person should have the freedom to answer for themselves!!

  • Pleas add my name.
    Imad did not have a choice when his parents enroled him into their religion. He should have the right to choose now, without any fear of reprisal.

  • I support everyone’s right to choose or deny any religion they want. In a free world, one does not need to be threatened for their beliefs, And may I say that Jews and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus and B’Hai, etc. do not kill people for leaving their religion.

  • I abhorr any penalty to disbelievers. When born, every man is a nonbeliever without any God. Obviously he does not need religion.

  • Chintamani Jonathan Weiss

    Buddhist – and therefore non-theist. Please add my name. The sacrifice of love and care to belief in a dogma destroys the legitimacy of any religion, system of thought or philosophy.

  • Please add my name in support of Imad who bravely stands for a basic right; to think for yourself, and to come to your own undertandings and beliefs and not have to hide them. A right many of us take for granted.

  • Why does Islam feel so threatened by the opinion of one brave man?
    A strong faith does not need to persecute those who choose not to believe. The Morroccan Govts threats are not faith-based – the regime simply views Islam as a convenient vehicle to crush dissent and reinforce it’s hold on power.

  • Barbara Burfoot

    I am signing this in support of freedom of thought, speech and conscience. Human life is worth nothing without these freedoms. If anyone is denied them we are all at risk.

  • Dr. Tata M. Ringberg

    The right for ALL citizens to think, write and speak their minds freely and openly is the foremost sign of a civilized country.
    Dear Imad. May your courage bring you a long life of fulfilment and purpose.
    Please add my name to the list.

  • Please add my name to the signatories kin the fight against supernaturalist fascists.

  • Mr Imad Iddinie Habib is a very brave man, and in some ways his struggle and persecution reminds one of the early Christian martyrs who suffered greatly for the right to believe. Mr Habib want the right not to believe.

  • As a UK Strong Atheist and anti-religionist, I agree. Religion impedes scientific progress and creates terrorists. Especially Islam. Islam deserves more contempt than all the others, with the possible exception of fundamental Christianity. They can be just as bad, especially in the US against Atheists.

  • Just one of many oppressions by the government of morocco to continue their corruption and deny the freedom of the people.

  • I proudly stand in support of such bravery. Rational, critical thought must be supported everywhere.

  • Please add my name to the others in support of this very brave and independent thinking young man. It is those who seek to persecute him who need to change their ways not Imad.

    Chris Moore

  • D’you know, it’s easier to prove that God does exist than to prove that He doesn’t. But atheists – blessed be their unconscious search for Him- will shout out more than those who are believers. Perhaps the latter know something…….

  • Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space, UK

    I am an atheist, who has never been threatened for her beliefs. I look forward to the day that Imad can express his beliefs without fear.

  • “If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man’s only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a ‘moral commandment’ is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments.” – Ayn Rand

  • I support Imad!
    Please add me to the list.
    Rainer Boegle, Scientist and Bright, Munich Germany

  • As the Roman Lucretius said even before the “great” religions of today existed, “Such are the evils to which religion leads.”

  • I stand in solidarity with this man. Those who treat him so utterly inhumanely must realise that, in the final analysis, people like us will call them to account, and it will stand them in better stead if they desist now.

  • Please add my name to the list of supporters. Everybody deserves freedom of and from religion. I stand in solidarity with Imad and defend his right to freedom of belief both private and public.

  • Please add my name to the list of supporters. Imad is a brave man and we should all defend his right to express his beliefs openly and without harassment.

    Jeremy Rodell – Chair, South West London Humanists

  • Force is the enemy of reason and the friend of religion. Islam is its best friend. It’s time we recognised real red blooded heros when we come across them! Add me to the list…Rob

  • Benjamin Hagberg

    I strongly support Imad Iddine Habib.

    Please add my name to the list

    Benjamin Hagberg, rhetoric student, Sweden

  • Gladly add my name to this petition. What an incredibly brave young man! He deserves support from all those who cherish individuality and freedom of thought.

  • Support your effort to help bring about the day when we outgrow all of the ancient fables and leave them behind along the thousands of other failed, forgotten dogmas

  • I support you.
    Please add my name to the list.
    Stuart Hartill
    Satirist/Cultural Commentator
    Isle of Man

  • Please add my name to the list to support Imad and the freedom of thought that he stands for.

  • Dr. Denis MacEoin, Islamicist, writer, former teacher in Morocco.

    Morocco has so far escaped the ‘Arab Spring’ debacle and avoided a takeover by Islamists. But if the ‘ulama’ get their way in this matter, it will strengthen the hand of the religious right, and that will produce repercussions down the line.

  • Any man made religion based on ancient and stone age lies that contradict with Human rights declaration muss be band an and the followers of such inhuman ideas must be brought to the court and justice.

  • I agree with the suggestion above that Morocco’s reliance on tourism provides the best point at which we can pressure its rulers. How about a list of those committed not to holiday in Morocco until the law against apostasy is repealed?

  • Please add my name – I’m a University Lecturer.
    I visited Morocco a few years ago and thought I would like to go back, I’ve just deferred such a decision until this archaic situation is corrected and freedom of thought and action encouraged.

  • I hope Imad stays safe and well. My thoughts are with him and others in the world who are persecuted because of their views.

  • With the help of the internet, Religion and its clergy will hopefully soon be a nightmare of the past. Especially the dogmatic Religions like Islam as well as Katolicism Need to be fought by everyone with half a brain. It is hard to beleive that we live in the 21st century. Wake up people, there is no God to look after us, it’s all a big scam!

  • Freedom of religion, philosophy, thought – it’s paramount to personal and social development.

  • Please add my name. Let mine be one more ‘insignificant voice’ which joined with others becomes a mighty roar.

  • Unfortunately, what we are up against is flourishing throughout the world and must be resisted by every means possible by all who find suppression of free speech utterly intolerable….but of course saying that is only logical, although we could be forgiven for thinking it’s not!

  • Christine Hamilton

    We must never allow any religion to dictate to governments on personal freedom

  • I am an atheist and although my parents were too, they sent me to religion school as a child so I would know the religion I was born into and be able to choose whether to follow it or not. That allowed me to make a decision from a position of informed freedom. Only in freedom can people choose the direction of their beliefs. To enforce a belief is to divert the truth. Those who stand up for freedom and choice are following the path of truth and their country should be proud of them. It is courageous and honest and to be protected. Good Luck to Imad, a leader of youth and inspirer of many who are believers in truth!

  • Dr Brian Robinson

    I loved the Moroccan countryside, the cities, and above all the people when I visited there some years ago. And so I have a specially passionate reason now for signing this statement in solidarity with young Imad Iddine Habib. Living in the UK it’s very hard for me to understand why a person who can no longer believe some doctrine should deserve a punishment, let alone one as severe as a fatwa decreeing the death penalty. I realise of course how important Islam is to most Moroccan people, but freedom of religion, freedom to believe or not to believe are vital for a truly safe society. Imad Iddine Habib’s personal safety must be guaranteed and his manifest integrity respected. An all-powerful all-knowing god should have nothing to fear from this young man and his colleagues. If the god (whoever it be, in whatever land) is cross about it, why not leave the matter to him (or her, or it)?

  • Without freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and the right to criticise the beliefs of others, all other freedoms are meaningless.

    Historian, musician, and member of the National Secular Society of the U.K.

  • Nils Inge Graven

    I am a Norwegian atheist, secular humanist and human rights activist. Imad has my full support. Shame on Morocco for allowing religious fundamentalists to thrive in their society, spreading hate towards free thinkers and threatening their very existence with violence and murder.

  • It must be a weak government who reacts with violence to words. It must be a weak religion who utters threats when it cannot convince. It must be a weak god who needs a secret service.

    Please add my name to the list: Daniel Gronau, Germany

  • This courageous young man deserves the support of each and every man and woman in this world who were lucky enough to be born in a free country.

  • As an Atheist, realist, humanist I support Imad and his principled stand for freedom of speech and his choice not to worship any imagined god. In this century we are celebrating the dawning of a new, post religious age: it is the only way for Humanity to solve the problems of over-population and diminishing resources.
    Without the divisive forces of stultifying religious dogma we can begin to work together for the benefit of all.
    Science is the only process known to open the collective mind of Humankind to new horizons and to abolish the ignorance of Belief.

  • Sheffield Humanist Society committee member and organiser of Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub.

  • Please add my name. Everyone should be free to believe or not to believe in a religion.

  • To Sahbi Imad, solidarity from Belgium. We, Atheïsm Flanders will do our best to announce your situation over the country. Keep save and know you are not alone!

    Ni dieu, ni maitre

  • Anka Kouwenhoven

    Freedom of religion for everbody, this is the 21 century!! We are supposed to be civilized.

  • Freedom of religion includes the right not to have one. Without freedom of thought there is no freedom.

  • Hello
    I believe strongly in tolerance and I stand up with Imad for his right to think and live according to his own ideas with self responsibility.
    Its a difficult question isn’t it- ” How to tolerate the intolerable”?
    I am not an atheist. I acknowledge a spiritual dimension to life. I have learnt through experience and study, about my own prejudice: in particular from Buddhist thinking about suffering arising from a misconception of reality because we ‘attach’ so much importance to concepts.
    Like others I am concerned about the power organised Religion gives people especially governments. Religion should be a personal matter.
    Philosophy and belief informs our lives and helps us to live well and creatively. Ideas are not to control us or for us to attempt to control others but to help us understand and grow.
    With love and compassion

  • Please add my name to the petition.
    James Eisner, musician, science graduate and atheist, life member of Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society

  • Well said! It is not quite the Stone Age we risk reverting to, but the Dark Ages, to which we will all return if we allow the growth of pernicious ideas. The one thing we cannot afford to tolerate is intolerance!

  • Musical Director, Australian Atheist Choir and Atheist Activist, Australia

    Morocco is not in the Stone Age – it shows us the way of our future as we continue our political correctness (in the name of tolerance and multiculturalism) and allow Islam to increase its foot-hold until it is strong enough to impose Sharia Law.

  • Swing, admin de la page Facebook athée française “Je n’ai pas de copain imaginaire”.
    Soutient total pour la cause d’Imad, relayée sur notre page.

  • John "TorakTu" Mieske

    Please add my name to the list :
    John “TorakTu” Mieske – Musician, Programmer, Film Crew – Atheist, USA

    Killing in the name of religion or a non-proven god should be the crime. Not atheism. Killing in this manner is murder. Plain and simple.

  • Not believing in silly ideas that are not supported by evidence – how can that be a crime?

  • Barrie Harrison

    Unfortunately Morocco will remain in the stone age all the time they follow the barbaric cult of Mohammedanism

  • Please add my name.
    I am a retired Director of Laboratories.
    Freedom of speech, thought and belief are essential for progress. Without these Islamic states will always remain in the Dark Ages.

  • “The Better Angels of our Nature” by Steven Pinker are still too much for some States who are frozen
    in 14th Century.

  • Andy Stenson, anti-theist, Sydney, Australia

    There is morocco crossed off my places to visit list..

  • Morocco has much more to lose in international tourism and respect than it would gain in enforcing this archaic law if these attitudes are revealed to the travelling public.

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