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Freedoms for French Ex-Muslims


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/18

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. Here we talk about 2019.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: If you could change the laws in France to better reflect the interests of the ex-Muslim community, what would the change in the laws be for you?

Waleed Al-Husseini: You know, in general, I would increase the freedom of speech and make it include everything, because we are in France.

We have more than 300 issues against freedom of speech. It’s just 7 in the USA. If I could do this in France, it will be great.

Jacobsen: How are fundamentalist groups attempting to hijack the conversation about ex-Muslims?

Al-Husseini: They just talk about us like cheat of the nation. That we should be killed. Also, this has been said by many French imams. On the internet, there are many Muslims attacking, insulting, accusing, or threatening us.

That is why some of us even close their social media after so many bad threats.

Jacobsen: How is the assertion that criticism of Islam is racism simply illogical? Why is this used as a tactic? In short, how is a set of ideas plus suggested practices not to be conflated with a race?

Al-Husseini: That one of big debate leftists don’t want to understand it for their own goals. Islam is not a race. Here the issue, Islam is not African or Arab, so that has never been a race.

It is one of the ideas the Left idolizes. We should criticize all ideologies. That’s why we really need redefinition of terms and to use things for their actual names, not mixing like what happening now everywhere in this world.

Jacobsen: Where do Muslims make legitimate criticisms of ex-Muslims?

Al-Husseini: Nowhere yet.

Jacobsen: Where do Muslims make incorrect assertions about ex-Muslims?

Al-Husseini: This exists everywhere; any Muslim you can meet.

Jacobsen: How is the public conversation changing around religion in France, and about those who leave religion?

Al-Husseini: In France, things become more limited, like what I said before, in the name of peace for society. Nothing to offend Muslims, or increasing the hate for Muslims, these things have always limited our speeches.

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


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