Topic / Apostasy

Saudi exile Manal al-Sharif lashes out at Ivanka Trump

Al-Sharif, best known for challenging laws and traditions that keep women pinned down in Saudi Arabia, says she had been ‘insulted’ when Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, recently praised the country’s progress on women’s rights. During Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Ivanka said progress in the Islamic kingdom was “very encouraging”,  even as she acknowledged that “there’s […]

Why is Facebook silencing atheist and ex-Muslim voices?

The answer, according to Muhammad Syed, above, President of the Ex-Muslims of North America, is that Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking Facebook pages they do not like. Syed, according to this report, took to Twitter earlier this week to report that the Facebook pages of Ex-Muslims of North America and Atheist Republic were restricted and then […]

Celebrating apostasy and blasphemy in London in July

The Freethinker interviews Maryam Namazi and Marieme Helie Lucas ahead of the International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21 Century scheduled to take place in London between July 22 and 24, 2017. Why organise an international conference on free conscience and expression? Maryam Namazie: Atheists and freethinkers are targeted by Islamists […]

UK Muslim apostate and his family forced to flee his home

Last year, Bradford resident Nissar Hussain, above, was hospitalised after apparently being attacked for apostasy. Hussain, who had converted to Christianity 20 years ago, claimed in this report that local Muslim extremists escalated harrassment against him and his family after he appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim converts. The  father-of-six […]

Islam’s Non-Believers

A new film by Deeyah Khan, above – Islam’s Non-Believers –  follows the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, which supports ex-Muslims, often referred to as apostates or unbelievers, both in the UK and abroad. The documentary – which can be seen here – provides an important insight into the hidden plight of young people in […]

Ruled by fear: young Muslims who choose to abandon Islam

In a new documentary that exposes the fear felt by young Muslims wanting to leave Islam, Maryam Namazie, of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and a columnist for the Freethinker, told the makers of the film: There is nothing, nothing, more intolerant than religion. According to this report, Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers, is scheduled to […]

Lashings of mercy: Saudis quash poet’s death sentence

Ashraf Fayadh, above, the Palestinian poet who was sentenced to death last year in Saudi Arabia for ‘doubting the existence of God’, has had his sentence commuted to eight years in prison and 800 lashes. His death sentence for apostasy caused an international outcry with hundreds of writers, actors and artists appealing for his release. […]

Killing apostates is not an infringement of human rights

Back in 2013, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) insisted that complaints of human rights abuses against Malaysia were not genuine. Instead they were part of an evil plan to undermine Islam by imposing a lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) agenda on the country. A leading figure in Jakim is a pipsqueak called Mohd […]

Saudia Arabia imposes death sentence on Palestinian poet

A court in Saudi Arabia this week sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, above, to death for renouncing his religious faith. Middle East Eye reports that Fayadh, 50, was handed the sentence on Tuesday for “doubting the existence of God”. Ashraf Fayadh was first arrested by religious police in 2013 after a reader complained that one […]

UK charity praises award for Badawi

The UK LGBTI Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed the news that Raif Badawi, above, has won the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize for human rights. Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger, writer, activist, and creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, an online platform for political and religious debate. He has […]