- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On November 27, 2011
- 72 Comments
- atheist conferences, Islam
Have you noticed how atheist conferences only always have one ex-Muslim speaker who focuses on Islam? The next three atheist conferences are good cases in point.
13-15 April 2012, Australia – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
18-20 May 2012, Canada – Me
25-27 May 2012, Germany – Taslima Nasrin
You can have several speakers debunking Christianity but only one critic of Islam is ever allowed!
This is also true for many secularist and humanist conferences. They are all quick to criticise Christianity (and rightly so) but not so quick to bring focus and attention on Islam.
Also, it sometimes feels like the token ‘victim’ brought to retell one’s experiences leaving the rest to be addressed by proper experts.
The atheist movement in particular has an important role to play in bringing attention to what I call the Islamic inquisition.
And it needs to be more inclusive of those who have renounced Islam and are battling Islamism.
Well, at least that’s what I think.