"Avoiding and censoring criticism of Islam solely because populists and demagogues make similar critiques is the greatest failure of today's liberals and freethinkers."
Kacem El Ghazzali
Writer, activist, IHEU representative at the UN Human Rights Council
Kacem El Ghazzali, is a secularist writer and one of the few atheist activists in Morocco, He has been living as a refugee in Switzerland since 2011. Mostly known for his unapologetic atheism, his writings stress the importance of freedom of thought which lacks in the Islamic countries. <br> El Ghazzali is the international representative of International Humanist and Ethical Union at the United Nations, Geneva, and the co-scientific director of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom.
Muslims can learn from mother. They must be proactive in the fight against Islamist movements that lead to terrorism. Because self-distancing alone cannot fight terror. On the contrary, merely denying personal responsibility for an act tends to lead very quickly to the abrogation of the responsibility to act.
06/08/2016 05:37 EDT
In the Arabic translation of <em>The God Delusion</em>, under the title, Bassam added the words: "This book is banned in Islamic countries." It is fortunate and wonderful that the banning of books in the Arab and Islamic worlds is no longer feasible in our new age of information.
05/09/2016 01:02 EDT
When we say that nowadays to call for sexual freedom in Arab and Muslim societies is more dangerous than the demand to topple monarchies or dictatorial regimes, we are not playing with metaphor or attempting to gain sympathy. We are stating a bitter and painful fact of the reality in which we are living.
05/02/2016 09:41 EDT
Do tolerance and social peace prevail in Muslim-majority countries which enshrine "Islam" in law? Nowadays in most such countries, atheists, apostates and those who convert to another religion are persecuted. In a religion of peace, freedom of conscience and belief should be guaranteed to everyone.
04/27/2016 10:59 EDT
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