ICC Note: Very courageous guy. This is what happens to Muslim converts in free Western societies now think about what happens in Islamic cultures without true rule of law.
Young (Dutch) Muslims Fight for the Right to Abandon Faith
Islam/Holland (for the full story, go to the Times Online) A group of young Muslim apostates launches a campaign today, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on
The Committee for Ex-Muslims promises to campaign for freedom of religion but has already upset the Islamic and political Establishments for stirring tensions among the million-strong Muslim community in the
Ehsan Jami, the committees founder, who rejected Islam after the attack on the twin towers in 2001, has become the most talked-about public figure in the
The threats are taken seriously after the murder in 2002 of Pim Fortuyn, an antiimmigration politician, and in 2004 of Theo Van Gogh, an antiIslam film-maker.
Speaking to The Times at a secret location before the committees launch today, the Labour Party councillor said that the movement would declare war on radical Islam. Similar organisations campaigning for reform of the religion have sprung up across Europe and representatives from
Sharia schools say that they will kill the ones who leave Islam. In the West people get threatened, thrown out of their family, beaten up, Mr Jami said. In Islam you are born Muslim. You do not even choose to be Muslim. We want that to change, so that people are free to choose who they want to be and what they want to believe in.
Mr Jami, 22, who has abandoned his studies as his political career has taken off, denied that the choice of September 11 was deliberately provocative towards the Islamic Establishment. We chose the date because we want to make a clear statement that we no longer tolerate the intolerence of Islam, the terrorist attacks, he said.
In 1965 the Church in Holland made a declaration that freedom of conscience is above hanging on to religion, so you can choose whether you are going to be a Christian or not. What we are seeking is the same thing for Islam.
By the Book: 14 passages in the Koran refer to apostasy
According to Baidhawis commentary, Sura 4: 88-89 reads: Whosoever turns back from his belief, openly or secretly, take him and kill him wheresoever ye find him, like any other infidel. Separate yourself from him altogether. Do not accept intercession in his regard.
The hadith, tradition and legend about Muhammad and his followers used as a basis of Sharia, tells of some atheists who were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this reached Ibn Abbas who said: If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allahs Apostate forbade it . . . I would have killed them according to the statement of Allahs Apostate, Whoever changed his [Islamic] religion, then kill him.
According to hadith, a special reward in