Leaving Islam

One of the worst aspects of religion is the way in which it is forced upon people.  While there’s often tremendous social pressure to conform to unfounded beliefs, children often have it worse.  They’re indoctrinated with religious dogma from a time before they can make rational decisions on their own.  I’m always happy to see people start to question religion and to work against its damage.  Unfortunately, some religions make it harder than others.

The Times Online reports, Young Muslims begin dangerous fight for the right to abandon faith.  However, it’s not always as easy as starting to think for yourself.  A quote from the article:

“Sharia schools say that they will kill the ones who leave Islam. In the West people get threatened, thrown out of their family, beaten up,” Mr Jami said. “In Islam you are born Muslim. You do not even choose to be Muslim. We want that to change, so that people are free to choose who they want to be and what they want to believe in.”

The one aspect of this story that I dislike is the fact that it focuses on September 11th and terrorism.  Certainly, ending violence should be a motivating factor.  But, based on all the horrible things people have done for their religions, bombing a couple of towers is hardly their crowning achievement.  Still, I hope these people are successful.


1 Comment

  1. eem said,

    September 11, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    The concept of killing people who leave Islam is not valid but it is unfortunately a widely held misconception amongst muslims and non-muslims.

    I’ve known people who have left all kinds of religions. They all experience some degree of rejection more or less from their families and former co-religionists.

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