Ex-Muslims gather in London
Wednesday, 6th August 2008. 11:51amBy: Matt Cresswell.


London: Leading secularists and atheists will speak at a one day event in London hosted by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

Atheist Richard Dawkins, the Independent newspaper columnist Johann Hari and the director of the National Secular Society Keith Porteous Wood will join ex-Muslim speakers in a discussion about Political Islam, Sharia Law and Civil Society. The event co-insides with the International day against the Death Penalty.The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain describe themselves as a group of ‘non-believers, atheists and ex-Muslims’. They stress that “no one [should] be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative rights nor deemed to be represented by regressive Islamic organisations and ‘Muslim community leaders’.”

They claim the impetus for their organisation came out of, what they call, the increased intervention and devastation caused by religion. They state: “Those of us who have come forward with our names and photographs represent countless others who are unable or unwilling to do so because of the threats faced by those considered ‘apostates’ — punishable by death in countries under Islamic law.”

The event held in London on October will also feature a reenactment of the comedy Fitna Remade by Reza Moradi and Breaking the Taboo by Patty Debonitas.


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