Former EU Muslims Will Sign "Declaration of Tolerance" on 9-11
Several former Muslims will sign a Declaration of Tolerance in The Hague on September 11th.
One member of this group, 22 year old Ehsan Jami from the Netherlands, was attacked for a third time because of his views on Islam by young Muslim men on August 4th. He has since been moved to a safe house in the Netherlands. (lemonde)
Amsterdam (dpa) – The heads of several European committees for former Muslims are due to sign a ‘European Declaration of Tolerance ‘ in The Hague on September 11.
With the declaration, the ex-Muslim committees of Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden want to draw attention to what they say is “the lack of freedom of religion within Islamic culture.”
In its press release on Thursday, the Dutch committee of ex- Muslims said September 11 – the anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States – was chosen symbolically to condemn terror and the intolerance of political Islam.
The dominant interpretation of Islamic doctrine prohibits Muslims from renouncing their faith. In recent months, self-declared ex-Muslims in Europe have been threatened by orthodox Muslims for renouncing their faith publicly.
Ahadi lives under heavy security in Germany, while Jami was moved to a safe house in the Netherlands after being attacked for a third time because of his views on August 4th.
The attacks took place after Jami referred to the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a “horrible man” in several interviews and said he wanted to start a debate about domestic violence and human rights in Islam.
One of his suspected attackers, a 17-year old male, has since been arrested.
Jami said it was necessary to overcome what he called “persistent taboos” in Muslim society about leaving the faith when he founded the committee for former Muslims.
Dutch Labour leader and Minister of Finance Wouter Bos has said recently he did not approve of Jami’s committee “which offends Muslims and their faith.”