Beginning this fall, and continuing through the spring, members of the group Ex-Muslims of North America will be touring colleges and universities across the United States to talk about their experiences with Islam and to attempt to counter some of the rhetoric we hear about Islam from both apologists and critics alike.
The tour’s website contains this description:
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.
It is true that there has been very little progress in the discussion between conservatives and liberals on the nature and impact of Islam, and how to deal with the many issues we face because of it. This could be an interesting and often unheard perspective on one of the most hotly debated topics in the political and cultural spheres right now. If you have the interest and opportunity, it could be worth checking out.
The website for the tour is: https://exmuslimtour.com/