Displaying 951 - 975 of 1,087
|UK||David Brain||Ipswich|| |
Faith and the sloppy self-indulgent thinking that goes along with it needs to be replaced by reason; the perverted logic of medieval religious thinking has no place in a 21st Century of mass communication and weapons of mass destruction. As a committed atheist and secularist, I commend your stance against religious mind-control, especially the militant Islamic version and applaud your bravery in risking the approbation (and worse) of your (ex)fellow believers.
|UK||Christopher Walker||London|| |
Support your cause and I\'m inspired by your courage. Keep up the good work!
|UK||Chris Lewis-Jones||Nottingham|| |
I am a fine artist who explores evolving notions of cultural identity. I first became interested in Islam in the late 1970\'s, when I became passionately interested in Islamic architecture. I travelled to Morocco to photograph Moorish building styles and had a great time. I found the people (well, men actually, I didn\'t meet any women!) there to be both friendly and courteous. It wasn\'t until the following year that my generally positive impressions (of Islam) were challenged. Time and again I encountered men in political meetings who objected to the presence of women in such meetings or at social gatherings, would argue at length about the apparent inferiority of women. My English friends (white and black) would never have uttered such reactionary rubbish, so I began to appreciate the extent to which Islam needs to be reformed.
I think it is important that all people no matter who they are or where they are born have the right to renounce the lies and the falsehoods that were forced upon them in childhood and at any other point during their life time. I think it is disgusting that apostates of Islam can not openly declare their renunciation of the faith without the threat of reprisal, even from within their own families. I am not an ex-Muslim, I am however an antitheistic atheist and secular-humanist; and as a member of amnesty international I do what ever I can to support human rights. I believe the founding of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is an important step towards breaking the stranglehold Islam has over its subservient supporters.
|UK||Bruce John|| |
I am just a common or garden Atheist myself, [never signed up to any religion], but your organisation looks as though it would be happy to include me as a member. I would like to join to show my support for any anti-religious endeavour by joining. I support anybody\'s right to believe whatever nonsense pleases them, but resent the Muslim assumption that I should respect any such belief. I reserve the right to criticise and pillory the absurdities of religious notions and consider it my duty to enlighten by so doing.
|UK||Freed Ali|| |
I wish to join because I am worried and angered by the state of affairs regarding religion in general in this country and in particular, Islam. There is too much pandering to Islamic leaders and I do not wish to see the spread of Islam any further. I also would like non-Muslims to know that there are a great many of us who believe in humanity, live decent, moral lives without the need for religious dogma.
|UK||Farzad Ahmadi||Chester|| |
As a person who was brought up in a country under Islamic law and has renounced religion, I found the ex-Muslim Council where we could unite and build up our free world.
I believe in scientific and ethical facts and truths not the many sayings of the religious leaders. All human beings are equal and there is no difference between them because of their thoughts and beliefs. It is the worst thing in the world to call someone PURE (CLEAN)or IMPURE (UNCLEAN), as Islamic Racism.
|UK||Faranak Rezaei|| |
I would like to join you because I consider Islamic law as unacceptable and contradicting to both human rights and values. Islam is anti-woman as it humiliates women and turns them into servants of the men. It is also anti-man, because it reduces men to breeding animals controlled by their urges. In another word Islam is inherently radical. I have attached my photo and I hope I can be useful to you and the community.
|UK||Fahad Qazi||Guildford|| |
Just wanted to be registered with the Council of Ex-Muslims
|UK||F. Rahman||Lancashire|| |
Growing up as a Muslim I always felt that some of the religion\'s core beliefs were totally opposed to human nature. While many of its rules do have some merit (such as prohibition of drugs), as a whole it seeks to restrict freedom of thought and mans\' natural curiosity for new ideas. As long as open discussion and scrutiny of the interpretations by Muslim \"elders\" is frowned upon, Islam will continue to remain insular and distant from the needs of humanity. I am in favour of exploring new ideas to the problems in the world, and I feel by joining the group I am likely to come into contact with like minded individuals. While I may not agree with the ideas of everyone in the organisation, debate will be possible, something which Islam has failed to provide.
|UK||David Sullivan||Manchester|| |
I was dragged up as a catholic and from a very early age found that the more I was forced to \'believe\' something that clearly did not make sense and seemed to be the cause (in my young eyes) of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the more I wanted real answers. This easily (terrifyingly easily at that) translated to apply to not just my own horrible exposure to christianity, but to the whole notion of religion in general - how many lives have been stopped, incarcerated or otherwise been degraded by this ridiculous concept that completely collapses under even the slightest of logical questioning? Can we not just try to live our lives in (genuinely real) peace? I cannot even begin to put into words how emotional it makes me feel to know that you have in many cases put your lives on the line to say what you know is the truth. Thank you.
|UK||David Moodie||Lymington|| |
I admire the group; it lets people know that apostates are welcome here. Also, I think that religious dogmas, such as Islam, are a huge detriment to humanity, and this group aids the progression into the unknown and away from mythology. I have never been a Muslim, but I am a strong supporter of secularism. Fantastic group
|UK||Frank Friedmann|| |
I had the good fortune to be brought up without \'religion\' or \'faith\' (other than in reason and humanity). Thus none can punish me for apostasy. I join CEMB because freedom from / of religion should be a human right for all, not just those who by an accident of birth have the good fortune not to be from a lineage that espouses Sharia or similar laws and practices.
|UK||Hemin Sabir||London|| |
I am from Iraq, born and raised in the Kurdish north (Kurdistan). I am not an ex-Muslim, particularly because I was never a Muslim to start with. I grew up in a secular family, which was to my advantage, that didn\'t pay any attention to spiritual/religious matters. I myself was always sceptical about the explanations of life offered by religion, and all of the sudden I found myself as an atheist when I was first exposed to the works of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens and others. I am interested in joining your group because it represents a portal for awareness about the impact of religious dogma and oppression in countries like Iraq and Iran, and a window for activity against the spread of such a backward mentality. I am also interested in the conferences held by the council, and in particular regret not being able to join the international conference.
|UK||Hashin Rasta|| |
I am a former Muslim but I still have not told my family. I would like to meet former Muslims too - but I am going to live in Crawley and I am wondering if there is a secular society or a society of former Muslims there. If so, I would like to be informed on where to go to see these people. The fact is that Crawley is a large place with many Muslims and so there must also be former Muslims. Meeting other former Muslims would be significant for me because I have not met a single former Muslim (maybe I have but they were hiding the fact too). It seems ridiculous that there are not more of us, therefore there must be people like myself who are hiding the fact. I am not a campaigning sort of person so I doubt that I would be there publicly saying things - I would rather be just part of a society which works towards the goals that you have laid out in your manifesto.
|UK||Happy Humanist|| |
Until recently my work involved considerable contact with members the major faith groups in London. I have learnt about their beliefs, their culture and visited their places of worship. I am concerned at the levels of extremist (particularly Islamist) ideology. Government at both local and national level are pandering to Islamic groups and throwing funding at them, in a seemingly desperate attempt to prevent violent extremism. I am also worried about the continuing oppression of women,their views and rights as individuals. The Quran is clearly being interpreted, by men, to reinforce cultural and historical stereotypes of women. Matters of faith should be personal and completely removed from the political and organisation structure of the UK, particularly our education system.
|UK||Hamid Jalilvand||Manchester|| |
God, prophet and religion are just tools to take advantage of people. I like to be free from them.
|UK||Grant James||Reading|| |
I am an atheist. My partner is from a Muslim family. The threats, intimidation, emotional blackmail, and other pressure that they have brought to bear on her in the name of Islam has been heartbreaking to watch and is ongoing. Their hatred/fear of assimilation with non-believers prevents any reasonable conversation about differences and compromise. Their unjustified belief in the \'next life\' prevents us all from getting along in this one.
|UK||George Broadhead|| |
I give CEMB my wholehearted support as a gay man who is appalled at Islamic homophobia and its barbarism. I am a founder member and vice-president of the UK Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) as well as secretary and trustee of the UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust.
I am an Egyptian lady and have experienced the harsh Sharia law in child custody, divorce, lack of rights to travel, work and many other things for women... and hence the whole society. In the beginning I thought this is dictated by the supreme creator of the world until I started to read more about Islam from objective sources and even more about religions in general. I came to a solid conclusion that I can\'t consider myself a Muslim anymore. I now understand that being a woman and a mother doesn\'t mean at all to submit to such unjust treatment. I think by this way of thinking I will be able to raise my children with a sane idea about the world, to be more understanding and hence contributing to wherever they go.