Apostasy and Islam: Support Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

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Dear friend

For the past six years, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has been a “beacon of hope” for many.

As the first organisation of its kind, the CEMB has been established to break the taboo that comes with leaving Islam; highlight the problems ex-Muslims face; provide a network for support; raise awareness; and campaign for freedom of belief and expression, atheism and secularism and against apostasy and Sharia laws. According to Elle Quebec magazine, the launch of the ex-Muslim movement was ‘a real revolution.’

Our activities include assisting ex-Muslims (several thousand over the past 6 years) with their apostate asylum cases, finding safe houses and refuges for those fearful for their lives, as well as assisting against child abduction, honour crimes, forced marriages and more from countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and UAE.

We have produced several educational materials, such as the ‘Guidelines for Ex-Muslims and Frontline Practitioners’ and ‘Apostasy and Asylum in the United Kingdom.’ The CEMB is currently working on an anthology on and by ex-Muslims and a report on the status of apostates internationally.

Our active web forum with over 3,000 members is particularly important in supporting ex-Muslims. It represents a safe space where ex-Muslims can come together to discuss their problems and help each other. The forum includes sections on health and wellbeing and gender and sexuality, a parents’ corner, a resource centre and more. It is known for exposing Islamists and Islamic laws, and publishes articles and videos debunking Islamic myths and claims, including "science in the Quran".

CEMB is part of an international network of ex-Muslim organisations, including Muslimish in the USA, a Council in Morocco – the first in a country with Islam as its state religion, new groups in France and New Zealand, amongst others.

Help us to continue our important work: volunteer your skills; 'Like' our Facebook page; follow our Twitter account @CEMB_forum; join our events; and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Please donate if you can. No amount is too small and every bit helps.

 

As you well know, the issue of apostasy without a focus on Islam is irrelevant in this era as it is only Islam that kills its apostates due to Islamism’s access and influence. The CEMB is an important challenge to this regressive movement.

Support us today.

Thank you.

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons

NOTES: 

1. Launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France

Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France on Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours, Paris, France. Speakers include Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El-Fani, Secularism is a Women's Issue Coordinator Marieme Helie Lucas, and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain's Maryam Namazie.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the event at cafem1310@live.fr. If you are not registered, you will not be permitted entry. Space is limited.

2. Anthology of and by Ex-Muslims

Be part of the very first anthology of and by ex-Muslims. Share your story with the world. Help others like you. Tell the world you exist! 31 July 2013 is the deadline for submissions. Find out more here.

3. Report on 6th anniversary lunch of CEMB

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) held a successful 6th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 15 June 2013. Guests heard from writer Kenan Malik, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, and CEMB co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Magician Neil Edwards also performed. CEMB co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud was Master of Ceremonies. Special guests present included Richard Dawkins. See videos of the event here.

4. For more information, contact:

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

Company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under company number 8059509.

Written By: Maryam Namazie
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  1. Excellent cause and a sorely needed support system for ex / muslims escaping religious oppression and tyranny…
    Western countries should actively seek out secular people who are stuck living in middle eastern countries and invite them to immigrate…We shouldn’t have decent people stuck in the immigration queues or refugee camps – Although non religious people should be able to live freely in their own country if they choose but they simply have no freedom and no choice…but to escape…
    Its laughable how rich religious institutions are and they could easily share some of their ill gotten wealth with people really in need….

  2. This is hugely important stuff. All power to Maryam and her ilk in ensuring that all those millions of Muslims, that are moving slowly but surely away from mindless dogma to the truer morality accessible to fully engaged minds, thus unfettered, have a safe place to land. I can’t help but imagine there might be quite a backlog of Muslims dancing on the edge. I think we can have no idea quite what a bully absolutist religion can be when our nearest and dearest are in its thrall.

  3. I’m going to strike a slightly dissonant chord here. I love what Maryam is trying to achieve as regards One Law For All and helping ex-Muslims. This stuff is necessary.

    But she is personally at the very extreme end of left wing politics in the UK (I would go so far as to say the loony-toon, somewhere-to-the-left-of-communism end) and that is not a good place to be to get support for any cause.

    I’m mildly left of centre. But her stuff alienates 99% of people, and if she really wants to make a difference, she needs to be way more moderate.

    • In reply to #4 by Stevehill:

      I’m going to strike a slightly dissonant chord here. I love what Maryam is trying to achieve as regards One Law For All and helping ex-Muslims. This stuff is necessary.

      But she is personally at the very extreme end of left wing politics in the UK (I would go so far as to say the loony-toon, some…

      I, too admire Maryam for what she is doing and I have a great respect for her. Being in Australia, I am not au fait with British politics and your comments about her positioning. Could you elaborate? Thanks!

      • In reply to #5 by ArloNo:

        Maryam is a Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran. She is also prominent in the UK’s Socialist Workers Party -

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Workers_Party_(UK)

        See the sidebar – she is one of the SWP’s “prominent figures”. These people are basically revolutionaries. They don’t field candidates for Parliament because they don’t believe in democracy.

        They are just as totalitarian in their way (or would be if in power) as fascists would be at the other end of the spectrum (or for that matter theocratic governments in Islamic states).

        The SWP has an unfortunate habit in the UK of turning out at other peoples’ otherwise peaceful protests and turning them into riots, provoking attacks on police etc, and getting themselves arrested. A couple of weeks ago some far right nutters held a march following the (Islamist terrorist) murder of a soldier, Lee Rigby, in London. The SWP “anti-fascists” turned up and violently attacked them (they clearly lack any sense of irony!). Mass arrests followed. This is what they do.

        As you will see from the Wiki entry, there are also some extremely unsavoury questions about the leadership of the SWP, with sundry allegations of rape etc.

        I don’t accuse Maryam personally of any of this stuff, but is somewhat hard to give her unconditional support unless and until she clearly and publicly distances herself from any association with, or support for, these undemocratic idiots. Because otherwise she looks like she’s just exchanged the straitjacket of Islam for the straitjacket of revolutionary communism, and neither have any place in a rational and enlightened world.

        She is, basically, just another wingnut on the face of it. So although she seems to do some good things, I feel the need to overlay a lot of what she says with an extra dose of reason. She’s one of these people where the rationalism vaccine never quite worked properly.

        • In reply to #6 by Stevehill:

          Maryam’s failure is surely only one of naivety? Even then she is fully aware of the SWP issues and entirely vocal about their failings. Her belonging to the Worker-communist party of Iran seems entirely appropriate. Her dislike of the SWP’s regressive nature is well in evidence here-

          http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/pathetic-excuse-of-much-of-european.html

          and freshly minted anti-left attributes here-

          http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie

          Maryam quoting Majid Nawaaz-

          “…I hope we finally see the end of regressive-leftists claiming that Islamism is the “indigenous” voice of Muslims in Egypt. In other words, please be quiet you lazy, ignorant, reverse-racist, reductionist subscribers to the poverty of expectations….)

          approves, “..Woo Hoo!…”

          • In reply to #7 by phil rimmer:

            There is a logic of ignorance amongst some of the left, which takes giant leaps of faith from the starting point that Islam is critical of America, western (i.e. capitalist) values and so on, so it is something that should be tolerated if not even encouraged, because that also ticks a right-on box in favour of supporting multiculturalism and opposing racism and so on. We see its apotheosis in say George Galloway’s Respect party, and his infatuation with Saddam Hussein pre-2003.

            Of course, this is the logic which ends up concluding that the Muslim Brotherhood “must” be better leaders in Egypt than the authoritarian Mubarak. In other words, it is infantile, playground stuff: my enemy’s enemy must be my friend.

            If Maryam is starting to be a bit more critical of the loony left, good for her.

            But I’m not at all sure that communism would be a better system of governance in Iran than the present theocracy (which at least gives a nod to some semblance of democracy as long as the ayatollahs approve of the candidates). And I remain distrustful of anyone who thinks otherwise.

          • In reply to #8 by Stevehill:

            If Maryam is starting to be a bit more critical of the loony left, good for her.

            I’m still a bit puzzled about Mayam’s publicised views on politics ever being anti democratic. I can find only comments that are reasonable. Some help finding her earlier errors would be helpful.

          • In reply to #9 by phil rimmer:

            In reply to #8 by Stevehill:
            I’m still a bit puzzled about Mayam’s publicised views on politics ever being anti democratic.

            I do not believe the Worker-communist Party of Iran has democratic ambitions. I’m willing to be proved wrong.

          • In reply to #10 by Stevehill:

            The WPI split in 2004 (No Python jokes!) into a revolutionary and a democratic wing. Maryam is indeed in the former. I cannot, however, find any anti democratic statements from her and believe that her support of revolution, if it indeed exists, would most likely be specific to perceived crimes of theocracy and failures of any democratic processes, as indeed this powerful 12 year old firebrand argues on her blog yesterday. (A must see btw.)

            It is when and where you call for revolution that is the thing. I still think you are imputing thoughts she is not necessarily having, but I fully concede she is associated with a revolutionary Iranian (!) political party though she still gets my unreserved support as I think judging only from what she says and how she acts I can find less to disagree with than say Harris (guns, some of his anti Islamism rhetoric still hits too big a target) Hitchens (Iraq but not Afghanistan) Dennett (terrible taste in music! Qualia semantic screw up.) Dawkins (occasional political naivety).

  4. I’m in total agreement with all of Stevehill’s assessments of Maryam Namzie, and the SWP. I would go further and say he is voicing a majority opinion outside of the small world she inhabits. I think the reason she is thought of so highly is she attaches herself like a limpet to very important causes but then ruins it by linking them to lunatic fringe groups which represent nobody and alienate most people. SWP and femen spring to mind as groups which totally alienate many of the people they claim to represent and who muscle in on others protests and destroy them.

    It is difficult to be in favour of one law for all and support the kangaroo courts of the SWP.

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