Inspired by a similar movement in Germany, a Council of ex-Muslims of Britain is set to be launched on Thursday, according to the blog of the British-based Iranian activist, Maryam Namazie.
While I in no way support Miss Namazie's aggressively secularist and communist views, I nonetheless feel that an ex-Muslim association has the potential to make a quite substantial contribution to the struggle against Islam. It is estimated that there are 200,000 people living in Britain who have rejected Islam, for one reason or another, and it must be remembered that leaving Islam is totally unlike leaving, say, Christianity. Islamic law prescribes the death penalty for those who renounce Islam, and even in Britain, which is not yet a Sharia state, known apostates from Islam face violence and intimidation at the hands of their erstwhile coreligionists. An organisation dedicated to representing and supporting such people could, if well organised, encourage many more to publicly reject the poison that is Islam. In addition, it could serve to undermine the power of groups such as the Muslim Council of Britain, which derive much of their influence from appearing to represent every single person of Muslim heritage in the UK. This could only be a good thing.
Of course, whether the new Council of ex-Muslims will do any of this, or whether it will be a damp squib, is something that we shall have to wait to find out.