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The Lies of the “New and Improved” Taliban

Oct 13, 2021

The Lies of the “New and Improved” Taliban

The Taliban have proven unsurprisingly contradictory in word and d

Ex-Muslims of North America Announce New Features and Additions to Persecution Tracker, Marking One-Year Anniversary

Washington, DC — 09/30/2021

Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) is proud to announce a new milestone in the growth of its Persecution Tracker, w

The wolves descend on Afghanistan

Aug 17, 2021

The wolves descend on Afghanistan

The Taliban mounted a quick takeover of Afghanistan, condemning it to a dar

The intensifying plight of Pakistan’s Ahmadi minority

Aug 2, 2021

The intensifying plight of Pakistan’s Ahmadi minority

Developments on blasphemy cases in Saudi Arabia and Nige

An Iranian plot to kidnap an American regime critic

July 19, 2021

An Iranian plot to kidnap an American regime critic

In the past few weeks: a plot to kidnap Masih Alinejad,

Ex-Muslims of North America Call on Facebook to Reverse New Policy, Says Community Standard Harms Marginalized Groups

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Conor Casey(860)-899-6920[email protected]

Washington, DC — 06/15/2021

EXMNA Announces Apostate Report, Findings from the First Ever Survey of North American Ex-Muslims

EXMNA Announces Apostate Report, Findings from the First Ever Survey of North American Ex-Muslims

Washington, DC — 06/08/2021

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Thoughtcrimes, blasphemy, and sexuality persecuted

May 10 – May 24, 2021

thoughtcrimes, blasphemy, and sexuality persecuted

This week: progressive Islamic scholar

What it’s Like to be an Ex-Muslim Immigrant

Conventional wisdom goes that the children of immigrants will become more naturally integrated into their societies than their parents. Exposed to their coun

The Ideas “Poisoning” Young Muslim Minds

“Our youth are being corrupted by moral decay.”

So goes the

The Politics of Apostasy

When 16-year-old French teenager Mila Orriols faced death threats and harasment after publicly calling Islam a “shitty religion,” it

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The Afterimage of Patriarchy

No matter the tradition, religious oppre

Religion, against Piglets and for Nothing

What does religion do best? Social cohesion? Stabilizing society’s moral compass? Keeping people a safe distance from the precipice of nihilism? Or – maybe –

Pathologizing Apostasy
10 Myths about Ex-Muslims

Ex-Muslims are a large, diverse, and growing population, particularly in the West, symptomatic of much-discussed trends toward secularization writ large. At

EXMNA, Secular Groups Hold Historic Meeting with White House

Washington, D.C. – 05/17/2021 – Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), along with Freedom from Religion Foundation, Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Assoc

Religious Havoc Everywhere, Persecution in Pakistan

April 26 – May 10, 2021

Religious Havoc Everywhere, Persecution in Pakistan

In recent weeks:
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Pakistan gives in to domestic terrorists, Afghan Taliban declares victory against the US, Iran censors female referee, and an Algerian academic is imprisoned

April 9 – April 26, 2021

Pakistan gives in to domestic terrorists, Afghan Taliban declares victory against the US, Iran censors female referee, a

A trans madrassah, honor killings, and human rights flouted

March 16 – April 9, 2021

A trans madrassah, honor killings, and human rights flouted

In the last month: both progress and regres

WikiIslam overhaul milestone achieved

March 18th, 2021

Ex-Muslims of North America is proud to announce the completion of a milestone in our overhaul of WikiIslam, bringing us one st

Burqa bans and blasphemy accusations

March 18, 2021

Burqa bans and blasphemy accusations

Over the last few weeks: burqa bans in Switzerland and Sri Lanka, new guidel

Charlie Hebdo Statement

It has been 6 years since a dozen people were brutally murdered in the Charlie Hebdo offices, and little has changed.

Just a few months ago, there were

Hanan: Southern jail to joy in Los Angeles

I first began to question Islam at the age of 17. Having grown up in Yemen before moving to the U.S. three years earlier, I was the first Muslim ever to atte

EXMNA unveils novel tool ‘Persecution Tracker’, cataloging hate against atheists and other religious minorities

September 30th, 2020

Ex-Muslims of North America unveils a first-of-its-kind tool designed to catalog global incidents of violence and persecuti

Apostasy Day

August 22 nd : Apostasy Day

Thoughtcrime today earns death in more than ten countries, each of them Islamic. Blasphemy is punished

EX-MUSLIMS OF NORTH AMERICA CONDEMN KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD, SUPPORT PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

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EX-MUSLIMS OF NORTH AMERICA CONDEMN KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD, SUPPORT PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.

Washington, D.C. –

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter

“Facebook can help prevent harassment, per

Ex-Muslims of North America debuts billboards in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston

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Ex-Muslims of North America debuts billboards in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston

Alongside a first-of-its-kind “

Ex-Muslim, LGBTQ, Defiant

Ex-Muslim, LGBTQ, Defiant

Omar (not his real name) tells his story of growing up as a gay ex-Muslim in a country where both homosexuality and

Jamal – Family, Conditional Love, and Leaving Islam

Jamal - Family, Conditional Love, and Leaving Islam

What does it mean to lose faith within the context of an American Somali family? Jamal ta

Obaid: “How weak is your God?”

Obaid: "How weak is your God?"

Born in India and raised in Canada, Obaid began questioning faith at a young age: early-on his sense

Sarra: I Will Not Be Erased by Islam

Sarra: I Will Not Be Erased by Islam

Born in Tunisia, Sarra witnessed radical changes in the practice of Islam in her homeland, transitioning

Hina: Islam and Shaming Women

Hina: Islam and Shaming Women

Having resided in Pakistan and Indonesia in her youth (the two largest Muslim countries in the world), Hina has

Stephanie: The Price a Mother Paid for Leaving Islam

Stephanie: The Price a Mother Paid for Leaving Islam

A Canadian woman who converted to Islam in her late-teens, Stephanie married a Libyan Mu

Ghada: Saudi Women are Not Worth Any Less

A Story of Family, Faith and #Pride

Raised in Saudi as a hijabi, Ghada shares her story going from a believing woman to a life happy and free

Lawan: Between Two Narratives – Kurdish and Ex-Muslim

Lawan: Between Two Narratives – Kurdish and Ex-Muslim

Growing up in Dubai and studying Islam for 12 years, Lawan (now an atheist) shares his

Huda: Leaving Islam as a Family

Huda: Leaving Islam as a Family

Huda and her parents speak about their journey away from Islam. How it has affected their lives and family bo

Syed Rizvi: Sixty Years as an Ex-Muslim

Syed Rizvi: Sixty Years as an Ex-Muslim

An ex-Muslim for more than sixty years, Syed Rizvi’s path to non-belief is a story as old as the part

Mahad: Kidnapped for Allah

Mahad: Kidnapped for Allah

A gay, ex-Muslim Somali man describes his escape from a conversion therapy camp in Kenya with the help of local at

Hiba: Hijab and the Illusion of Choice

Hiba: Hijab and the Illusion of Choice

Hiba grew up in Lebanon under strict Shia Hezbollah culture where family honor and sexual purity was p

Lina & Hazar: A Story of Family, Faith and #Pride

A Story of Family, Faith and #Pride

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How can we reconcile faith and a sexual identity it deems “deviant

Forced Hijab – A Brief Overview

By Sadie Fuchs

What makes the wearing of the hijab so controversial? Why is it a human rights issue and why are Westerners loath to get i

Ex-Muslims will be at NYC Pride!

This summer, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) will be at New York City’s LGBT Pride March to stand for the rights of LGBT people all over the world.

Ex-Muslims of North America Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attack

Ex-Muslims of North America strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the mosques in New Zealand and supports the Muslim community in their time of grief.

Returning “ISIS Brides”- What happens now?

What should be done about the women who joined and married ISIS fighters?

It’s estimated that as many as

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2019 Call for Volunteers!

Ex-Muslims of North America needs your help!

This year we are ramping up our outreach and educational programming – we want our message to reach

Rahaf al-Qunun : A Saudi Woman’s Flight to Freedom

Early this year, the story of a young woman fleeing abuse and persecution grabbed the attention of the world.

Rahaf al-Qunun had escaped Saudi

Support #NoHijabDay on February 1st!

One piece of fabric, a thousand different views. To religious Muslims, the hijab is a symbol of piety and purity. To other Muslims and ex-Muslims, it represe

Blasphemy Briefing and Where We Stand Today

December was eventful for blasphemy and blasphemers – here are some highlights from around the world.

Earlier in the month, 66-year-old lecturer

Are US Courts Protecting FGM?

In late November, news outlets, prominent politicians and social media united in uproar against the ruling of a senior US district judge on a hot-button topi

KafirCon 2018

August has drawn to a close<

Ex-Muslims banned from Houston Hilton Starbucks for Atheist shirts

On Saturday, September 1st, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) volunteers were forcibly expelled from a Starbucks within a Hilton hotel in Houston, Texas, a

Statement for ISNA

The following is a message from Ex-Muslims of North America, which we shared at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual conference. Share and stand wit

Saudi Arabia: Release Peaceful Activists!

Jailing human rights activists. Lashing bloggers. Treating women as second class citizens and minorities as indentured slaves. Saudi Arabia continues to g

Godless Spellcheker Podcast Ep#122 – Muhammad Syed – Hope

This week on The #GSPodcast Stephen Knight speaks to co-founder of Ex-Muslims Of North America (exMuslims.org), Muhammad Syed (@MoTheAtheist). Muhammad will

Ex-Muslims of North America announce event “Ex-Muslims Rising: From Islam to Enlightenment”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ex-Muslims of North America announce event “Ex-Muslims Rising: From Islam to Enlightenment”

CONTACT: Aysha Khan, Ex-Muslims of N

The number of ex-Muslims in America is rising

Hundreds of thousands of American Muslims might recognise something like their own experience in Mr Olad’s tale. As the number of American Muslims has increa

Does Faking Religion Lead to Depression?

At the recent National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump called the United States a “nation of believers.” The highly Christian language of his speech—focuse

Ex-Muslims: The American who fled ‘gay conversion’ in Africa

Mahad Olad was in a Nairobi hotel room, looking at his mother. She was holding two articles from a student newspaper in New York.

In the first article,

Sarah Haider joins the Secular Jihadists
Ex-Muslims: They left Islam and now tour the US to talk about it

On a Sunday night in Washington DC, a policeman sits by the door of room 309 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center.

Inside, around 50 people

Sarah Haider on Normalizing Dissent: A Conversation

After a couple of false starts, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) finally kicked off its Normalizing Dissent Tour a

The Ex-Muslims Go Public

When we began this series, hoping to confront fears about American Muslims, I asked viewers to send ideas for what to cover next. In emails, YouTube comments

Ex-Muslims of North America announce event on Islam, Modesty and Feminism

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Ex-Muslims of North America announce event on Islam, Modesty and Feminism

CONTACT: Aysha Khan, Ex-Muslims of North America

EX-MUSLIM EVENT CANCELLED BY UNIVERSITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 20, 2017

Ex-Muslim Event cancelled by UniversityCONTACT: Aysha Khan, Ex-Muslims of North America,

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Ex-Muslims of North America launch campus tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 29, 2017

Ex-Muslims of North America launch campus tourCONTACT: Sarah Haider, Ex-Muslims of North America,

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Inside the Secret World of Ex-Muslims

In April, a defiant group of self-identified “apostates” convened in downtown Portland, Oregon, to revel in the joys of brew culture, bacon burgers, and athe

Muslim Community Should Stand Behind Its Progressive Bloggers – Junaid Jahangir
Exclusive: Facebook Has Been Regularly Shutting Down Atheist and Ex-Muslim Groups

Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers

Letter to Facebook: Prevent religious extremists from censoring atheists and secularists

Dear Facebook administrators,

We, the undersigned organizations, represent hundreds of thousands of ex-Muslims, secularists, humanists, atheists, and

Atheists, secularists, and Ex-Muslims call upon Facebook to address campaigns to silence religious dissent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 10, 2017

Atheist and ex-Muslim organizations and groups are finding themselves yet again the target of censorship campaigns by

Ra-Men Podcast Episode 66 with Ex-Muslims of North America
Five Americans Who Are Standing Up Against Radical Islam

Who is doing the ground work in the struggle against Islamist extremism? A lot of the people tackling radical Islam don’t get as much press time as the jihad

On Betrayal by the Left – Talking with Ex-Muslim Sarah Haider

In twenty-first-century America, what happens to a young woman who has wised up and quit a faith-based ideology that ordains the second-class status of women

Leaving Islam in North America

Leaving Islam can be notoriously difficult in many Muslim-majority countries. Certain countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have laws that make apostasy

Sarah Haider on Leaving Islam, Changing Liberals’ Minds, and Ex-Muslims of North America

Malhar Mali: Can you tell us about your journey from being a believer to leaving your faith?

Sarah Haider: As with most people who leave, it st

Ex-Muslims of North America Establishes New Video Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 9, 2016

Ex-Muslims of North America is proud to unveil a new endeavor featuring apostates who have chosen to speak

Obaid: Life Beyond Faith

Born in India and raised in Canada, Obaid began questioning faith at a young age – early-on his sense of wonder was kindled by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and scienc

Clausen: Wegmans says Ex-Muslims group can buy cake

The all-everything, 89-store chain recently reversed a somewhat odd decision by some bakery workers in Fairfax, Virginia.

It’s where employees earlier

Apostates refused service at Wegmans bakery – fear of invoking offense led to discrimination, says Ex-Muslims of North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 20, 2016

Wegmans, a chain of 89 grocery stores, refused to bake and decorate a cake for a private celebration for thos

After the Orlando Massacre, We Cannot Ignore the Connection Between Islam and Anti-Gay Bigotry

This week, we were again forced to confront the face of religion at its extremes — this time in the largest single-shooter killing in American history. 49 pe

From Muslim to Nonbeliever

Americans raised in a conservative Christian environment know that open rejection of the faith can be difficult, potentially causing painful family conflict

Panel: Community Building at Black Non Believer’s 5th Anniversary

Don’t have the first clue about the number of organizations within the secular community? Are you aware of the increasing diversity efforts? Do you know how

Sarah Haider on the David Pakman Show

Sarah Haider, American writer, public speaker, activist and a founder of Ex-Muslims of North America, joins David to discuss her organization, her reasons fo

Follow Bill Maher’s lead, not Donald Trump: There’s a way to critique ideology behind religion without resorting to hate

After the Islamist terrorist attack in San Bernardino, with more like it probably in the making, and with Donald Trump issuing wildly inflammatory exhortatio

Ex-Muslims of North America takes ownership and operation of WikiIslam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDEC3, 2015

Ex-Muslims of North America has an exciting announcement to make. The site known as Wikiislam has transferred its owner

Friendly Atheist Podcast: Sarah Haider, Ex-Muslim

Our latest podcast guest is Sarah Haider, a co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America, where she advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and works

Sarah Haider interviewed by the Thinking Atheist
Gad Saad chats with Sarah Haider
Muhammad Syed on the Thinking Atheist
Ex-Muslim Sarah Haider Responds to Reza Aslan

Sarah Haider responds to Reza Aslan’s criticism of Bill Maher over Islam, while on the Godless Spellchecker Podcast.

Rejecting Islam – The trauma of apostasy in Muslim communities – Phil Zuckerman

Walking away from religion is seldom easy. It can be psychologically difficult to lose one’s faith in God, emotionally painful to doubt the existence of life

Godless Spellchecker – Sarah Haider – Liberal Critique Of Islam

The Excellent Sarah Haider (@SarahTheHaider) returns to The #GSPodcast to talk all about her well-received speech for the AHA titled ‘Islam and The Necessity

Panel: Islam & Atheism (2015 American Atheists National Convention)

Heina Dadabhoy, Sarah Haider, Muhammad Syed, and Kelly Damerow (moderator) speaking on a panel at the 2015 American Atheists National Convention in Memphis,

EXMNA urges support for resolution HR 290 calling for global repeal of blasphemy laws

Ex-Muslims of North America along with a coalition of 16 secular , humanist, atheist and non-theist organizations has asked congress to support HR 290. The b

Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 59: Ex-Muslims Muhammad Syed & Heina Dadabhoy

Friendly Atheist’s latest podcast guests are Muhammad Syed, co-founder and President of Ex-Muslims of North America, and Heina Dadabhoy, an ex-Muslim atheist

We Need More Liberals Willing to Critique Islam, Says Ex-Muslim Leader

The American Humanist Association just uploaded several videos from its recent conference in Denver. I’ll post a few of them over the next day or so, but the

Understanding Islamic Feminism

In this hour-long program we travel the world to examine the meaning of Islamic feminism and meet with women activists who are working for change. We visit E

Lose faith, find friends – Toronto group helps ex-Muslims see meaning outside of religion

A support group for ex-Muslims says it has surpassed 100 members in Toronto and continues to grow.

Ex-Muslims of North America was formed about two yea

Highlights from the Ex-Muslims of North America’s Reddit AMA

Yesterday, several leaders of the Ex-Muslims of North America did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, answering all sorts of questions from the site’s members.

Leaving My Family’s Religion, Building A New Community (All Together Podcast)

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER — the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communitie

I Escaped an Arranged Marriage

A few months ago, Amina left home. She was due to marry her father’s friend: a man from Yemen nearly three times her age. The thought of it terrified her. Sh

Former US Muslims Break Silence, Imam Supports Their Choice

WASHINGTON—

The gifts were mostly what used to be forbidden: liquor, condoms, even a framed portrait of Arabic calligraphy that read: “There is no God.

The Phil Ferguson Show – 107 Ex-Muslims of North America

Phil Ferguson from the Secular Media Group interviews Mya & Muhammad from Ex-Muslims of North America

Listen to the show at

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Atheists Unite! Leaders Gather to Collaborate

Religious and conservative organizations have a history of organizing to accomplish shared aims. It’s time to share the secret that atheists are now doing th

Godless Spellchecker Ep#41 – Ex-Muslims of North America #ExMuslim
For Muslim apostates, giving up their faith can be terrifying, alienating and dangerous

In many Muslim-majority countries, renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death. But even in the liberal West, some ex-Muslims continue to fear leaving th

Sadaf Ali – Departure Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 1st 2015,

Effective December 31, 2014 Sadaf Ali is no longer employed by Ex-Muslims of North America and is not ass

Who are the Ex-Muslims of North America?

Muhammad Syed Joins us on the “Mythicist Milwaukee Show”

Muhammad Syed is the Executive Director of The Ex-Muslims of North America. The Ex- Muslims of

Minority Secular Organizations Receive Grants

For Immediate Release

(Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA Nov 25, 2014) – The Stiefel Freethought Fou

Ex-Muslims of North America Granted 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. –– Ex-Muslims of North America is proud to announce that it is officially a public

The Humanist Hour #120: Should Humanists Criticize Islam? The Pros and Cons, with Muhammad Syed and Sarah Haider

In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with Muhammad Syed and Sarah Haider on the issue of criticizing Islam and analyzing some of the recent comments made by pe

Ex Muslims tweet #AnApostatesExperience

An apostate is someone who leaves a religion, sometimes converting to another or becoming an atheist.

The hashtag appears to have come about as a respo

Reza Aslan calls threats from atheists ‘venomous’ and is dealt the truth about apostasy

Aslan who has been in a long media feud with Sam Harris and Bill Maher to name a few, has been getting flack from many in the atheist community for his refus

Muslim Students Group at Ryerson University Invites Extremist Speaker
The Humanist Hour #108: Coming Out Ex-Muslim with Muhammad Syed and Hiba Krisht

In this episode, Bo interviews Muhammad Syed, co-founder and director of operations for Ex-Muslims of North America, and

Twitter Caves to Pressure from Secular Community

Washington DC – June 18th 2014

On June 10, 2014, the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) organized the

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North America’s Ex-Muslims Speak Out

Lance Frizzell-Reynolds, 36, converted to Islam about two years ago because he fell in love with the simplicity and beauty of the religion.

“There were

Activists fight Twitter censorship in Pakistan with #TwitterTheocracy

Ex-Muslims of North America , or EXMNA, asked Twitter users to join Tuesday’s campaign using hashtag #TwitterTheocracy to target what they say is Twitter’s c

Letter to the Ambassadors of Pakistan

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact (Canada): Nas Ishmael

Phone: 1-(855) EXMUSLIM x707E-mail: [email protected]

#TwitterTheocracy: How Anti-Blasphemy Laws Are Tools of Oppression

Recently, the case of Meriam Ibrahim made international headlines. The story was that she, a pregnant Christian woman married to a Christian, was being accus

Escaping Religion and Abuse

I consider myself very lucky in the sense that I was not indoctrinated into any specific religion as a child. I never had to cast aside the shackles of relig

Muslim Apostate: Criticizing Islam Vital for Change

Today I’m talking with a civically active and very public American Muslim apostate, Muhammad Syed, co-founder and director of operations for the

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Campaign against #TwitterTheocracy on June 10th 2014

Washington DC – June 4th 2014

Twitter

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EXMNA Co-Founders on Road To Reason – May 2014

Muhammad Syed & Sarah H. share with us what it is like to fight the good fight to be free of religion as an Ex-Muslim in America….

New York Times – Leaving Islam for Atheism, and Finding a Much-Needed Place Among Peers

Women talked about “coming out,” being open with their families, leaving “the closet” at a conference here this month. But the topic was not sexuality. Inste

BBC World Have Your Say – Should it be so hard to be an Ex-Muslim – Heina Dadabhoy and Muhammad Syed

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to death for apostasy. On today’s WHYS, we hear from people who have chosen to leave Islam about their experiences

The Thinking Atheist – Muhammad Syed about EXMNA & Ex-Muslims 20:25-31:45

Leaving any faith can be difficult…even traumatic. In some faiths and in some cultures, it can be dangerous. This show features the voices and stories of sev

Nas Ishmael & Sarah Haider on Skeptic Money

Nas Ishmael & Sarah Haider talk about the importance of community for Ex-Muslims

Listen to the show at

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Ex-Muslims of North America: A Dream Come True

Call me biased — I happily accept all charges of subjectivity in this matter. I am going to unabashedly revel in how amazing this is and nothing can stop me.

A Blogging Network for Ex-Muslims

Here’s some exciting news: The Ex-Muslims of North America — yep, they exist — have launched a new blog network featuring writers who left Islam:

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