This blog lists links to several organizations of ex Muslims. Its important to state and perhaps I do not do so often enough, we, the writers of Vlad stand against the ideas philosophy and teachings of Islam and its practice. Not anything inherent in the people born in the middle east the same as we hold no malice to Germans who are not currently Nazis or Russians who are not promoting a global communist agenda when that was an issue.
This conference should be celebrated and supported. A conference of people born to Islam and realizing the horrors of it left Islam. As you may know, they risk death according to Sharia law for leaving ‘the one true faith’.
At the end I posted one of the videos from this conference as well as a link to the rest.
I chose this one as Richard Dawkins is the single best writer on the subject of evolution. For those who do not know him, the book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ is a staggeringly good read on this subject.
Eeyore for Vlad
I enjoyed a rare privilege last Friday, October 10 (which was world day against the death penalty), attending a gathering of brave and principled people to whom the death penalty might be applied in a number of countries around the world because of their beliefs or lack of them. This was the conference organised the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain to discuss apostasy – the “crime” of which all members of the Council are guilty – and associated questions about the place of religion and free thought in civil society.
The members of the Council of Ex-Muslims are people who, having thought things through for themselves, have put aside the religion they were made to accept as children – a common enough feature of the adult attainment of reason among many – but in this case the religion is Islam, which regards apostasy as punishable by death.
I wonder how many reading these words have sat in a gathering of people not a few of whom have received death threats because they think for themselves, and who have chosen a path not only personally dangerous but full of difficulty in relation to their families and communities – and who have done so because of reflectively chosen principle. It is a striking experience. In our relatively peaceful and tolerant western dispensations, disagreements of principle are rarely matters of murder; which is why some people find themselves incapable of grasping what last Friday’s gathering signified.
The symbolic import of the conference was great; the substance of the discussions was absorbing and important. It was about the nature of apostasy, the freedom to choose whether or not to have a religion, and to criticise religion whether or not one subscribes to it; the question whether there should be one and the same law for all or whether Britain’s Muslim minority should be allowed to apply sharia law to itself; and the question of faith schools, religious education and creationist doctrine. The themes all related to the place of the individual in civil society, and whether religious doctrine should be allowed to impose itself on those unwilling to be governed by it or – as with children – powerless to resist it.