| #ExMuslimBecause Trend Stands Up To Extremists
| Saturday, December 19, 2015
|Shortly after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Maryam Namazie, director of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Britain (CEMB), created the hashtag “#ExMuslimBecause” on Twitter.
The result was a firestorm, through which tens of thousands of ex-Muslims across the world declared their apostasy, many gathering courage from the brave and often poignant words of others.
But just as quickly as their courage spread, the words of these
former Muslims were soundly condemned by many others who remain within
the faith. Tweeted someone calling himself @hammamovic, whose avatar
shows a clean-shaven young man in a black T-shirt, "I'm Muslim, I'm not a
terrorist, but you, the #exmuslims who left Islam, must be killed. You
His words speak directly to the impetus behind Namazie's movement, and behind the founding of the CEMB, which, according to its website,
was formed "in order to break the taboo that comes with renouncing
Islam." That taboo is as powerful as it is perverse:
leaving the faith is punishable by death. Yet apparently, that risk of death is one many are prepared to take
in order to continue with life on their own terms. And the number of
such courageous ex-Muslims seems to be more than anyone anticipated.
early Friday morning," reported Ali A. Rizvi, an #exMuslim himself who wrote about the phenomenon
for the Huffington Post, "#ExMuslimBecause was the UK's top trending
hashtag. We heard from secret LGBT Saudis; women who had been forced
into marriages; closeted atheists in Egypt and Pakistan tweeting under
pseudonyms young women disowned by their families in the US; and more." Read it all here................
HT : Blazing Cat Fur
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 3:50 PM