There is a support group for ex-Muslims in New Zealand

Did you know that there is a Council of Ex-Muslims of New Zealand? It acts as a support group for those who have become apostates because they chose to leave Islam. When I left Catholicism I had no need of a support group because Catholicism is not a cult. There are no repercussions for those who leave. There is no pressure or threats or loss of family members and loved ones. It is simply a choice and one that is supported by our democratic society. In the religious texts of Islam there is a quote that says ?that there is no compulsion in religion yet it remains the most difficult and often dangerous “religion” to leave.

This fact is brought home by the FAQ section of the Council of Ex-Muslims’ website where one of the most frequently asked questions is…

Can I to emigrate to NZ, because it safe for ex-Muslims there?

 

From the site:

Safety in numbers:
…Muslims love quoting the fact that ‘Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world’ and there are 1.6 billion Muslims and growing. The implications are that … It’s great to be on the winning team; Islam must be ‘right’; Praise be to God for leading so many people to the ‘right’ path.

What gets overlooked by Muslims are the reasons for this growth – it does not consist of vast numbers of converts from other (or no) religion turning to Islam. Yes there are a few converts, but the numbers are insignificant…

The reason for the growth in the numbers of Muslims is that Muslim countries are relatively backward and have appallingly low levels of literacy and education which leads to high birth rates.

..vast numbers of these Muslims cannot read, at all, in any language. They have not chosen their religion from a position of knowledge – they’ve simply been indoctrinated by their family and society. They have been presented with a totally biassed view of the world and prevented from accessing information about alternatives. This is not something to be proud of !

-google.com/site/nzexmuslim/home

The people behind the Council of Ex-Muslims of New Zealand are a small group of Ex-Muslims living in New Zealand, who support the ten point manifesto of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) which I have reproduced below. They are a voluntary, unfunded, unincorporated self-help group.

We demand:

  1. Universal rights and equal citizenship for all. We are opposed to cultural relativism and the tolerance of inhuman beliefs, discrimination and abuse in the name of respecting religion or culture.

  2. Freedom to criticise religion. Prohibition of restrictions on unconditional freedom of criticism and expression using so-called religious ?sanctities?.

  3. Freedom of religion and atheism.

  4. Separation of religion from the state and legal and educational system.

  5. Prohibition of religious customs, rules, ceremonies or activities that are incompatible with or infringe people?s rights and freedoms.

  6. Abolition of all restrictive and repressive cultural and religious customs which hinder and contradict woman?s independence, free will and equality. Prohibition of segregation of sexes.

  7. Prohibition of interference by any authority, family members or relatives, or official authorities in the private lives of women and men and their personal, emotional and sexual relationships and sexuality.

  8. Protection of children from manipulation and abuse by religion and religious institutions.

  9. Prohibition of any kind of financial, material or moral support by the state or state institutions to religion and religious activities and institutions.

  10. Prohibition of all forms of religious intimidation and threats.

After reading the above manifesto I decided to re-write it as a ten-point manifesto describing what Islam is. It is a chilling list and an accurate description of ?mainstream Sunni and Shia Islam don’t you think?

Islam demands:

  1. Selective rights and inequality of citizenship. It supports cultural relativism and the tolerance of inhuman beliefs, discrimination and abuse in the name of its religion and culture.
  2. That no one criticises it. It supports restrictions on freedom of expression using religious ?sanctities?.
  3. That there is no freedom for other religions or atheism.
  4. That Islam, the state and legal and educational system are one.
  5. Religious customs, rules, ceremonies or activities are allowed to continue even if they are incompatible with or infringe people?s rights and freedoms
  6. Segregation of the sexes and the continuation of all restrictive and repressive cultural and religious customs which hinder and contradict woman?s independence, free will and equality.
  7. The right by any authority, family members or relatives or official authorities to interfere in the private lives of women and men and their personal, emotional and sexual relationships and sexuality.
  8. The right of Islam and it’s religious institutions to manipulate and abuse children.
  9. Financial, material and moral support from?the state or state institutions to support Islam and its religious activities and institutions.
  10. The right to use religious intimidation and threats.
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