Topic / Apostasy

Humanist denied UK asylum

A British Humanist organisation has criticised the UK government for denying asylum to an ex-Muslim, saying that the Home Office has ‘a fundamental misunderstanding of equality and human rights protections with regards to non-religious people.’ Humanists UK was reacting to news that Hamza bin Walayat, who renounced Islam and became a humanist, had his application […]

There is a tsunami of atheism in the ‘Muslim world’

I was recently interviewed by Thomas Mahler for the French Le Point. The Freethinker is the first to publish the English version of the interview which has made a lost of waves in France. Born in Tehran in 1966, Maryam Namazie left Iran after the advent of the Islamic Republic in 1979. This leftist woman, […]

Former Muslims are told to shut up about their apostasy

Mohammed Shafiq, above, Chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, has described the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain as a ‘rampant Islamophobic organisation’ that has made its mission ‘to demonise Islam and the religious beliefs of Muslims.’ According to this report, in a televised debate on Russia Today, Shafiq commented on the presence CEMB members of […]

Atheists’ gathering incurs the anger of authorities in Malaysia

Just days after the picture above was posted on the Atheist Republic Facebook page, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in charge of religious affairs said he he had instructed the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department to investigate the local Atheist Republic chapter to see if any Muslims were involve According to this International Humanist and Ethical Union report, […]

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 […]