The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is pleased to announce that Amal Farah is now a Spokesperson of the organisation along with Maryam Namazie and Nahla Mahmoud.
Amal was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu and now resides in England. Her father Col. Mohamud Farah served under Somalia’s military dictator Siad Barre before he was forced into exile in 1983 where he served as a DFSS military commander until his death a year later. She was subsequently raised in a conservative Muslim household that practiced a purist and literal interpretation of Islam, an experience she found to be stifling and suffocating.
At seventeen Amal began to explore Islam deeply, studying the Quran and its meaning and Islamic history. She came to the conclusion several years later, whilst studying for a Molecular Biology degree, that she no longer believed in Islam, as she found that her conscience was at odds with some if its teachings.
Prompted by the parallels between her life and that of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese mother sentenced to 100 lashes for “adultery” and to death “apostasy”, Amal felt compelled to speak out against what she viewed as a gross violation of human rights. She feels a strong sense of duty and a need to do good by using her voice to speak out for voices that have been oppressively silenced in the name of Islam.
You can see a recent interview with Amal here and here.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is appalled at Ofsted’s recently updated guidance on faith schools. The guidance asserts that segregation of the sexes is not a sign of inequality and that veiling is a sign of Islamic “modesty” and “identity”; it also justifies restrictions on everything from art and music to sex and health education.
The guidance helps to further normalise the Islamist agenda at a time when the Birmingham Trojan horse plot has been exposed.
CEMB calls on Ofsted to revise its guidance and put the educational needs of children before religion and the religious-Right.
All children have a right to a full education, free from restrictions and discrimination, and regardless of the nature of the school they attend – be it privately or publicly funded. Children and young adults must be recognised as equal members of society and not as “community members” with culturally relative rights.
The increasing problem surrounding faith and other religious schools highlights the importance not of “British values” but of a secular education for all.
For more information, contact:
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
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