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Waleed Al-Husseini on Support and Sanctuary for Ex-Muslims


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/04/24

Waleed Al-Husseini founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of France. He escaped the Palestinian Authority after torture and imprisonment in Palestine to Jordan and then France. He is an ex-Muslim and an atheist, and a friend. We have published interviews in Canadian Atheist (hereherehere, and here), The Good Men Project (here), and Conatus News (herehere, and here). Here we talk about support and sanctuary for ex-Muslims in France.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How can the international youth humanist community help provide a minimum online community and sanctuary for the ex-Muslim community?

Waleed Al-Husseini: If you mean just online, to open for our voice and show the suffering of ex-Muslims in their countries, for more on these issue, people can support our freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

I don’t think it’s hate speech because it’s our right to criticize Islam as a set of ideas and beliefs. They can support us or make our voice heard more and more, protecting us from having the removal of our accounts.

Because for many of us, using fake accounts are a solution to be ourselves, some of us can’t be real online because all the dangers and threats take us out of all political issues. We are just ex-Muslims.

Jacobsen: How are the humanist and non-religious communities failing the ex-Muslim community?

Al-Husseini: Most of them in the name of humanism call ex-Muslims Islamophobic just because ex-Muslims criticize Islam. They avoid us too because they don’t want to offend their Muslim friends.

I don’t generalize, but most of them are like this. I am fed up with many of them who call themselves humanist and then close their eyes of the killings/murders and arrests of the ex-Muslims just because he doesn’t want to offend his Muslim friends.

Jacobsen: Is it hard for ex-Muslims to find asylum in other countries?

Al-Husseini: Yes, for sure, we have a lot of stories about that, but life is going. We never give up.

Jacobsen: Once an ex-Muslim finds an escape into another country away from the traditionalist and conservative society, community, and home, how hard is the transition into typically Western, secular life?

Al-Husseini: It’s not hard at all because he escaped to live these values. These values are inside himself, so when he comes to these countries. He breaths the freedom. He can feel that he was born-again, because in that other society he always feels as if he died.

I’m speaking through my experience too.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Waleed.


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