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|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.
|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||Irim Sarwar|| |
I was born in Washington, D.C. into a Pakistani Muslim family - much as I\'m fond of many of my relatives, I got the whole lot: scared women who played the victim to get what they wanted and blustering, inadequate, emotionally abusive men - all par for the course in the Muslim world. Couldn\'t talk to my male cousins after the age of 12 and when I moved out, my father asked me, \"Are you sleeping with your male friends to pay your rent?\" I converted to Catholicism to officially become an ex-Muslim rather than a lapsed one. Same deal: let me make you feel bad about yourself so I can have power over you. Don\'t think so, mate. Religion and I are through - treating people with love and acceptance belongs to people like us and organisations like Amnesty International, not religion. End rant - I usually am pretty laid back...honest...;)
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.
I admire all of you for coming out in public about being an ex-Muslim. I left Islam 5 years ago and have received death threats for doing so. I would like to join the CEMB but please display my pen name \"A Humanist\" as I don\'t want to put my family to even greater risk. I am now a humanist. I look forward to seeing the CEMB grow and would be happy to help you
|UK||Howard Thorp||Cheshire|| |
I am an atheist who believes in human rights and social justice. I believe we need to work to fight the reactionary patriarchal culture fostered by the abrahamic religions.
I would very much like to submit my name as an ex-Muslim to your organisation; would you please let me in. I believe religion and stupid beliefs are the root of adversity in my country Iran. I hope I can do something for this Kaffer organisation, however small.
|UK||Henry Page|| |
I would like to join because I am an ex-Muslim, an apostate. I didn\'t know this organisation until today but I am grateful for its existence as I have felt quite alone and even scared to speak out about my transition from believer to atheist. When I left Islam to become an atheist I felt as if my world had been filled with light; as if a weight had been removed from me. I am really happy to be a non-believer now. Proud, even, to be an atheist.
|UK||J. Ahmad|| |
I am interested to join the CEMB as I was born and raised as a Muslim but for last 18 years I been thinking and thinking about Islam, its future, the way Quran says to people to live life and many more things. I always felt uncomfortable with very basic ideas of Islam and its interpretation of humanity and human values. I have been working for many years to promote hope and tolerance and I strongly believe that 90% of Muslims want to live a non-religious life but they don\'t have the means to express it plus Islamists are so strong that if someone denounces religion he/she faces social isolation and life threats to him/her and family. I have been living a secret life here in the UK for the last few years because I have been threatened many times but now I have decided to come out openly and I hope members of the ex-Muslim council will help me and provide me with the grounds to promote my message of hope, tolerance, humanity and freedom. I salute the courage of the founders of the CEMB and its members.
The reason I wish to the join the council of ex-Muslims is that it\'s about time our voices were heard; yes there are other Humanist/Secularist organisations out there but they are often for ex-Christians. This is a good way to show that we will not be bullied by Muslims who see it as their duty that we should remain Muslim.
Because my Moroccan husband is incredibly moderate and ordinarily intelligent, but still won\'t hear any logical reasoning that the Quran is not \'true\' and is, he claims filled with \'proof\', that he is, of course, unable to \'prove\'. Years of religious indoctrination in his home country have ensured he is too scared to question his own reasoning.
|UK||Jash Hey|| |
To meet like minded souls.
|UK||James O'Brien||Bradford|| |
I am a Christian atheist which is not a contradiction in > terms. I am Christian by upbringing/culture and an atheist by instinct. I consider a lot of the teachings of Jesus to be useful ideals but don\'t accept the \"god\" stuff - miracles, blind faith, supernatural beings, etc. Maybe Muslims could make a similar step as \"Muslim atheists\", accepting that some parts of the Quran may be useful, keeping in step as much as possible with the culture and traditions of their upbringing whilst rejecting the existence of God and the parts of the Quran that are against humanity. I imagine that such a position could not be openly held and would be a personal statement from within, but this may help a person to \"mentally\" come to terms with such a momentous change. I respect many of the teachings of Karl Marx but I am not a blind follower of Marxism. Perhaps there is a way so that you don\'t have to throw everything out.
|UK||James Higgs||Wiltshire|| |
The culture of Islam is vastly inferior to that of anyone raised unto traditional Western values and morality - it is homophobic, misogynistic, and totalitarian, with no place for question, no acceptance of science and no respect of our culture. Like religions, Islam controls the action of the individual though the manipulation of the mind - offering impossible riches for a life of obedience and servitude. Islam is unique in its backwardness and intolerance of others. It obliges us to respect it, but it does not seek to respect us. Indeed, the Quran instructs the reader to enslave and kill those who do not believe in or choose to follow its hateful verses. Islam (and in particular, Saudi-sponsored Islam) must be curtailed in the United Kingdom if we are to continue enjoying the Western values and lifestyle that we take for granted. Never before have so many people stood to lose so much though such wanton appeasement. For these reasons, I support the manifesto of CEMB because I understand the danger that the appeasement of Islam brings.