Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britain’s young Muslims

Vlad Tepes Blog:
The Guardian does a charming little piece on apostates of islam in the UKand describing how dangerous it is for muslims to renounce all the things that the Guardian keeps insisting have nothing to do with islam in the first place: 
Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britain’s young 
Muslims ulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, he’s the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesn’t want to be any more specific than that about the location. 
“If someone found out where I lived,” he explains, “they could burn my house down.” Why should such an understated figure, someone who describes himself as a “nobody”, speak as if he’s in a witness protection programme? The answer is that six years ago he decided to declare that he no longer accepted the fundamental tenets of Islam. He stopped being a believing Muslim and became instead an apostate. It sounds quaintly anachronistic, but it’s not a term to be lightly adopted. 
Last week the hacking to death in Bangladesh of the blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was a brutal reminder of the risks atheists face in some Muslim-majority countries. And in an era in which British Islamic extremists travel thousands of miles to kill those they deem unbelievers, an apostate’s concern for his or her security at home is perhaps understandable. 
“Oh yeah, I’m scared,” agrees Nasreen (not her real name) a feisty 29-year-old asset manager from east London who has been a semi-closeted apostate for nine years. “I’m not so worried about the loonies because it’s almost normal now to get threats. What worries me is that they go back to my parents and damage them, because that’s not unheard of.” 
The danger is confirmed by Imtiaz Shams, an energetic 26-year-old who runs a group called Faith to Faithless, which aims to help Muslim nonbelievers speak out about their difficult situations. Shams has a visible presence on YouTube and has organised several events at universities. “I am at physical risk because I do videos,” says Shams. “I don’t like putting myself in the firing line, but I had to because no one else is willing to do it.”


Anonymous said...

Could it be that the Guardian's recently rediscovered "cojones" comes as a consequence of Cameron's reelection, and in anticipation of having some support from government?

Pastorius said...

Wouldn't you think the Guardian would vehemently oppose Cameron?

Anonymous said...

Of c0urse, but sometimes survival prevails. Those in the left who choose not to realize the tide is changing (Israel first, Britain now, and depending on who the GOP nominates for 2016) are doomed unless they start changing their strategy. The reelection of Cameron is a sign that even those who are public "progressive" in order not be given politically incorrect labels, in the privacy of the voting booth let their true feelings show ...