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|UK||Stephen Twigg||Durham|| |
An atheist who wishes to promote the plight of these people and support them in their brave efforts to expose the injustices of Islam and help others who may be intimidated into staying within the Islamic community.
|UK||Sohaila Sharifi|| |
I was born and brought up in a religious family and a traditional community in Iran. Quran was the first book that I came to know because my father used to teach me Quran and the Islamic principals since the age of five. My mother hoped I would be the first girl in our village that would complete reading Quran. As I grew older and was caught in the waves of revolution I found myself questioning the teachings of Islam. But it was after the coming to power of the Islamic Republic and the witnessing their brutal ways in forcing Islamic laws on people and particularly on women that fully convinced me of turning away from Islam and any other religion. As someone who has fled an Islamic regime and has been actively involved in a struggle against religious state and its\' oppressive rule, I was enraged whenever I was taken as a Muslim woman and treated like one by many British organisations and public sectors. Some didn\'t even bother to ask me if I was Muslim or not and just put Muslim on the form. Labelling people and leaving them at the hands of Islamic organisations has only resulted in more divisions in the society and has made it harder for many to integrate into their new countries, needles to mention that it as helped Islamic organisations grow stronger. We want to come out and announce to the world that we are not Muslims, that we have turned away from religion and we want society to stop labelling and treating people according to their supposed religions. A secular society must treat all its members equally and fairly.
|UK||Showan Khurshid|| |
In short we need a community. We need a social force with great many members who convert people away from Islam and from the equally awful multiculturalists.
|UK||Veronique Denyer||Leslie|| |
You have my heartfelt support in everything you do and aim to do to bring to the wider community your message of leaving religion behind; of seeking a safe haven within the UK\'s shores. I hope it is enough. To advertise yourselves as individuals on your site has my admiration and my fear for your safety. You are very brave people who have embraced reason and left faith - that is difficult to do even in the UK where you can be open to attack. You are obviously not totally safe even here. Hussain is not safe. I applaud his stance and his strength. I wish there was something more I could do. Your support for him as one of your members is necessary as is the support of the British Humanist Association, all individuals and every other organisation that propounds freedom of religion and speech. I hope every freedom loving individual in this country will support you and your members against those in political power who can destroy one of your lives so thoughtlessly and without conscience merely for some political and/or economic gain.
I was looking forward to the day when such a representation of ex-Muslims in Britain would come about. And I\'m certainly glad that that has finally happened. I understand this is still early days for the organisation but look forward to becoming a member of it and participating and attending its forums. Good luck and count me in!
|UK||Zia Zaffar|| |
I am a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim. I became an atheist in my early teens due to the irreconcilable differences between Islam and real world. Until recently I was quite content to keep my views to myself, however, with the recent rise in religious fundamentalism I felt it was time to speak up and make a stand for the freedom of speech and for the freedom of thought. The formation of the Ex-Muslim Council of Britain is very timely and much needed and I fully support the manifesto.
|UK||Zara Shaen||Birmingham|| |
If I had to give one reason as to why I have joined, because I want to make a change. I feel Muslim women, not necessarily in Islam, more by culture, are heavily oppressed. We are called whores if we wear low cut tops and short skirts, and if a man leaves his wife for us, we are the ones who are condemned. I find it disgusting how we are encouraged to marry and have children, as if that\'s our only purpose in life, and how we are taught to cook and clean to impress the mother in law is despicable. If we are to have a child out of wedlock, then we are automatically rushed into a wedding faster than you can say \"Jack Robinson\". Have women really got no identity in the Muslim community? Do we really have such little value? I want the human rights across the world to improve for Muslim women, and I want the attitudes of Muslim men in the west, the idea that we are voiceless objects, to change. I also feel that we as ex-Muslims are seen as stupid and moronic if we part from Islam, as if that\'s our only identity, and we are, most of the time, seen as mental defects by our families. I think it\'s wrong to be born into a religion, as I was born into Islam. It was Maryam Namazie\'s speech about the organisation that made me want to join. I could fully relate to the ideas of the council and I want to join. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUBLfcGcN5Y - This one.
|UK||Ysabel Jehan Howard|| |
I reject cultural relativism and uphold unconditional freedom of expression
Personal life experience makes me feel the need to join the organisation. Feeling the need to talk to like-minded people from similar background.
|UK||Wajid Yaseen|| |
Glad to be here and to have found you as an organisation....my name\'s Wajid and I suppose I should give you some background on myself.....I was brought up as a Muslim child.....the earlier recollection I have of my doubt in Islam was when I became curious about the hearing range of dogs at the age of about 9 (the neighbour had an alsation and blew on a dog whistle I couldn\'t hear)....Ii remember going to the library and discovering that dogs had 4 rings in their inner ears as opposed to humans who have 3 hence the greater frequency range....I started to think about how it would be to transplant the inner ear of a dog into my own and became fixated with the idea....after a while I realised that if I was to do this, I would be tampering with god\'s perfect creation and to do so would be utterly blasphemous....I became quite anxious about these thoughts and went to the mosque to pray for some sort of forgiveness I suppose although it\'s hard to recall exactly the reason....was to offload anxiety but as a child it was difficult to form clear thoughts....I remember going into the sajda position in prayer and I remember constant voices in my head - 4 rings, 4 rings....I took this to be the voice of shataan - the devil.....and he could reach me in god\'s house.....was absolutely terrifying but that moment was the critical turning point....if shataan could reach me there, then either god wasn\'t as powerful as i had been told he was OR he didnt care about me and my safety.....either way the seed of question and doubt crept in.....my atheism grew from that point onwards till today where I\'m thankfully free of the pernicious barbs of religion and free of the malevalence that is Islam....I\'ve grown up with quite turbulent battles with my Asian friends about the god concept and thankfully have broken free of many of the chains that tied me to dogma and superstition.....when returning to my family (they\'re in Manchester, I\'m in London) I\'m constantly amazed at the backwardness of Islam and quite agree with the excellent Richard Dawkins that religion forced on children is a form of child abuse....I\'ll continue to inject the spirit of questioning and debate in my nephews and neices with the hope that they\'ll also break free of the noxious teachings of organised religion and see it for the surreal nonsense that it really is...please keep me informed of any meetings and discussions you decide to hold in london....will be good to meet up with like-minded individuals...