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The Ex-Muslims Go Public

When we began this series, hoping to confront fears about American Muslims, I asked viewers to send ideas for what to cover next. In emails, YouTube comments, and Facebook messages, no subjects were more requested than ex-Muslims. Atheists who leave Islam are too often ostracized from their families and communities—and …

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Inside the Secret World of Ex-Muslims

In April, a defiant group of self-identified “apostates” convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, to revel in the joys of brew culture, bacon burgers, and atheism. Nine ex-Muslims from several states in the region gathered for a local meeting of the Ex-Muslims of North America. EXMNA is a nonprofit that provides …

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Exclusive: Facebook Has Been Regularly Shutting Down Atheist and Ex-Muslim Groups

Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers) –groups that advocate secularism and provide support to “apostates” (people who leave Islam and who often face persecution). In fact, the ex-Muslim group claims that for the …

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Leaving Islam in North America

Leaving Islam can be notoriously difficult in many Muslim-majority countries. Certain countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have laws that make apostasy an offense punishable by death. In others where apostasy is not explicitly criminalized, accused individuals can still face charges through religious courts. Prosecution at the hands of …

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Ex-Muslims of North America Establishes New Video Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2016 Ex-Muslims of North America is proud to unveil a new endeavor featuring apostates who have chosen to speak out. “Unbound: Life Beyond Faith” is a new video series which provides a brief glimpse into the lives of apostates from around the United States and …

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Clausen: Wegmans says Ex-Muslims group can buy cake

The all-everything, 89-store chain recently reversed a somewhat odd decision by some bakery workers in Fairfax, Virginia. It’s where employees earlier this month refused to make a cake celebrating the third anniversary of the Ex-Muslims of North America, a nonprofit group of former followers of Islam with about 500 members …

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Apostates refused service at Wegmans bakery – fear of invoking offense led to discrimination, says Ex-Muslims of North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2016 Wegmans, a chain of 89 grocery stores, refused to bake and decorate a cake for a private celebration for those who have left the faith of Islam. The request included a picture of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) name and logo, with a …

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Follow Bill Maher’s lead, not Donald Trump: There’s a way to critique ideology behind religion without resorting to hate

After the Islamist terrorist attack in San Bernardino, with more like it probably in the making, and with Donald Trump issuing wildly inflammatory exhortations to enact a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, we need clarity about Islam, and fast. Now more than ever, lives are …

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Rejecting Islam – The trauma of apostasy in Muslim communities – Phil Zuckerman

Walking away from religion is seldom easy. It can be psychologically difficult to lose one’s faith in God, emotionally painful to doubt the existence of life after death, and existentially trying to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing supernatural out there: no magical realms, no paranormal …

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Understanding Islamic Feminism

In this hour-long program we travel the world to examine the meaning of Islamic feminism and meet with women activists who are working for change. We visit Egypt, where we learn how one of the world’s most influential centers of Islamic study is squaring its teachings with the changing status …

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