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Fundraiser for Ex-Muslims


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/28

The means by which to express solidarity with the less fortunate costs nothing, as Deeyah Khan — the veteran filmmaker — notes. The ability to state support costs only some air and a tad of time, but, for those in the most oppressive theocratic regimes and regressive sociopolitical contexts — especially for girls and women, this can mean the world to them. It means someone cares: anyone.

It can mean the difference of someone caring and showing support or not to a poor African-American child in the inner city ghetto. Kids from rich and unloving families do worse than children from poor and loving families, on average and over the long-term.

Take the sentiment of his research into the arena of activism, the same can, in a general humanistic set of ethics, be considered, more or less, the same. One means of solidarity is support through finances of those in need of it.

One GoFundMe campaign is comprised of these sisters from Saudi Arabia: Manal, Muna, and Nauf. As reported in the campaign for them, they live in constant fear. The reason: terror or discovery of their ex-Muslim status. They not only reject God but also Islam in particular and so Allah, and so the patriarchs who enforce His laws.

They earned the chance to escape the country to have their lives back and walk without having to wear their enforced veil. In most circumstances, the issue for human rights campaigners is not the veil in and of itself, mostly, but the forced wearing of a piece of clothing with fear of legal and physical reprisal for non-adherence.

As also stated, “They couldn’t obtain any protection or refugee status because they currently are in a middle-eastern country. They are in danger. Their brothers are searching for them and if they are found they are very likely to be murdered.”

Their own family members are looking for them. Because they are ex-Muslim. They need some help, as others do too. If you can support them with some finances, this can embolden others with their examples.

The thing with the theocratic regimes seen today in the Islamic world, or in Christendom in history, or in the theonomy of the Atwood world of Gilead: they’re fragile. Not many need to doubt and act out to have them begin to crumble, not in decades but months or years.

The GoFundMe is an effort along those lines of those who act out and openly express their doubt, even without words through not wearing a veil. The regimes are legitimately terrifying for those inside of them, in a way some are terrified of throwing a rock at a window or a wall living inside a giant glass house.

The finances donated to the campaign could help them get out, as they lack the funding to do so. Their location — as well as their real names, apparently — are not public, but the money will help them escape to a Western, modernized country — where they will request asylum.


GoFundMe. (2018). Operation Rescue Sisters Saudi. Retrieved from


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