Past Meetup

Normalizing Dissent Tour - Ex Muslims Speak Out

This Meetup is past

69 people went

Every 1st Wednesday of the month

Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way · Newport, KY

How to find us

Next to Game Works in the conference center

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It’s time for honesty. It’s time for compassion. It’s time for Ex-Muslims to speak out.
The conversation around Islam and its role in the modern world is gridlocked. The same tired clichés are repeated endlessly, persuading no one. Extremists on the far-right demonize Muslims in the name of combating Islam, while extremists on the Left celebrate all aspects of the religion in the name of protecting Muslims from bigotry.

In the gulf between these lie Islam’s apostates. As people who were raised Muslim, or converted to Islam, we refuse to cater to anti-Muslim bigotry. Neither will we kow-tow to empty religious apologetics – Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of its followers, undermines modern, progressive ideals. Apostates face the brunt of this illiberalism – we are actively persecuted in much of the Muslim world, and over a dozen Muslim-majority countries still consider our lack-of-faith an offense punishable by death.

Perhaps more than any other group, we have a stake in the direction of the dialogue around this religion. We know the high cost of disbelief. It is time for us to speak out. Stepahnie:
As Stephanie started questioning and voicing her doubts, her husband became increasingly hesitant at the idea of raising their two daughters in a Canadian/North American environment, with a mildly practising mother (who was by then a closeted disbeliever). Preferring not to voice his opinions, he eventually found a way to convince her to accompany him with her daughters for a short visit to his family, and in 2009 they left Canada for Libya.

President, Ex-Muslims of North America
Muhammad Syed is a human rights activist, writer, speaker and community organizer. He is the founder and president of Ex-Muslims of North-America (EXMNA), the first Ex-Muslim advocacy and community building organization in North America.

Muhammad has been a human rights activist for the past decade, with a focus on efforts to normalize religious dissent and promote acceptance of secularism in Muslim communities.

Muhammad has been interviewed by BBC, Fox News, NPR, SiriusXM Insight and his work with EXMNA has been covered by the New York Times, National Post and Al-Jazeera among others.

Please arrive 15 minutes early and if at all possible do not bring any bags or backpacks.
Our monthly dontation we will be gathering items for goodie bags, for the upspring party for the homeless children. If you would like to donate items for that that would be appreciated. We are small items for goodie bags such as pocket games, pencils, note pads, small toys etc. Also still need some volunteers for entertainment ! If you would rather make a cash donation to this event your welcome to do so. Thank You.