This fall and spring, members of Ex-Muslims of North America want to visit colleges and universities across the country to talk about their own experiences and provide some balance to the extremes we often hear when it comes to Islam.
The conversation around Islam and its role in the modern world is gridlocked. The same tired clichés are repeated endlessly, persuading no one. Extremists on the far-right demonize Muslims in the name of combating Islam, while extremists on the Left celebrate all aspects of the religion in the name of protecting Muslims from bigotry.
In the gulf between these lie Islam’s apostates. As people who were raised Muslim, or converted to Islam, we refuse to cater to anti-Muslim bigotry. Neither will we kow-tow to empty religious apologetics — Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of its followers, undermines modern, progressive ideals. Apostates face the brunt of this illiberalism — we are actively persecuted in much of the Muslim world, and over a dozen Muslim-majority countries still consider our lack-of-faith an offense punishable by death.
In short, these are people whose voices should really be heard now more than ever.
I know there are a lot of campus and off-campus organizers who have the ability to raise funds or fill out grant applications at school. You should really consider bringing in one or more of these speakers. (I’ve heard several of them in person and I can tell you they’re incredibly compelling.) All the details you need are right here.
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