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International Imad Day

We Are Atheism is proud to stand with Imad Iddine Habib.  We know how incredibly difficult it is for him to take a stand and we want everyone to know his story, stand beside him, and let him know we are here with him in his fight for religious freedom. The following is information on how you can help Imad and others like him:

By: Maryam Namazie

Since 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco (the first public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion), he has received numerous threats.

Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas (the highest government religious institution headed by the King) issued a fatwa decreeing the death penalty for Moroccans who leave Islam. Currently, under Morocco’s penal code, those who “impede or prevent worship” face imprisonment and fines.

The threats continue to escalate. Recently, Imad’s father has been interrogated by the secret service. He was told to tell Imad to stop his activities and that this would be the “last warning before they react”. Imad’s registered address has also been raided by security forces.

We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about Imad’s safety and life and call on the Moroccan government to guarantee his security and respect freedom of expression and thought. Rather than prosecute freethinkers, the government should prosecute those who issue fatwas and death threats.

On 15 May we call for an International Imad Day in order to stand with and defend Imad.

He is all of us.

[For 15 May, add your name to the list below; send letters of protest to the Moroccan embassy in your country of residence; Tweet #Imad#Atheist#exMuslim; do an act of solidarity, including posting a photo of yourself holding a message like Imad has done (you can also email the photo toexmuslimcouncil@gmail.com); click “like” on the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco’s Facebook page and more.]

Signatories: (Add your name, description and or organisation, and country in the comments section below. The list will be updated regularly.)

A C Grayling, Philosopher, UK
Adam Brown, Co-Founder, Atheism Resource, USA
Adam Lee, Blogger, Daylight Atheism, USA
Adrian Rox, London Atheist Activist Group, UK
Afsaneh Vahdat, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Sweden, Sweden
Amanda Brown, We are Atheism, Atheism Resource and Atheists Giving Aid, USA
Amanda Sebestyen, Writer, UK
Anissa Helie, Algerian/French Activist, France
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
Arifur Rahman, Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger, UK
Atheist Alliance International
Carlos A. Diaz, President, Atheist Alliance International, Argentina
Charlie Klendjian, Secretary, Lawyers’ Secular Society, UK
Christina Dahl, The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
Christopher Roche, Bath Atheists, Humanists and Secularists, UK
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany
Daniel Fincke, Blogger, USA
Daniel Vrangsinn, President Misantrof ANTIRecords and Board Member of The Norwegian Heathen Society, Norway
David Nicholls, President, Atheist Foundation of Australia, Australia
David Silverman, President, American Atheists, USA
Dennis Penaluna, President, Nottingham Secular Society, UK
Djemila Benhabib, Writer and Politician, Canada
DPR Jones, The Magic Sandwich Show, USA
Dya Ahmad, Member of Youth Parliament in Iraq and Secretary of Student and Youth organisation in Iraq
Ed Brayton, Blogger, Freethoughtblogs, USA
Edwina Rogers, Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America, USA
Elia Tabesh, Activist, Sweden
Emily Dietle, Blogger, USA
Fabian van Langevelde, Board Member, Atheïstisch Verbond (Dutch Atheist Alliance), The Netherlands
Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, Iraqi Founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement, USA
Farzana Hassan, Writer, Canada
Ghulam Mustafa Lakho, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Pakistan
Ginny Laag, London Atheist Activist Group, UK
Greta Christina, Writer and Blogger, USA
Harold Walter Kroto, Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winner, UK
Hasan Mahmud, Director, Muslim Canadian Congress
Helen Palmer, Chair, Central London Humanists Group, UK
Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
Ibrahim Abdallah, Founder, Muslimish, USA
Jacek Tabisz, President, Polish Rationalist Society, Poland
Jacques Rousseau, South African Free Society Institute, South Africa
Jaya Gopal, Founder Chairman, Atheist Society of India, India
John Eade, Centre for Research on Multiculturalism and Migration, University of Roehampton, UK
John Perkins, President, Secular Party of Australia, Australia
Josh Kutchinsky, International Representative, Central London Humanists, UK
Kacem El Ghazzali, Moroccan Atheist Blogger and Human Rights Activist, Switzerland
Karl Karnadi, Indonesian Atheists, Founder, Indonesia
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian, UK
Kazem Nikkhah, Political Activist, UK
Kylie Sturgess, Blogger, Token Skeptic, USA
Laura Guidetti, Marea Review, Italy
Leo Igwe, Nigerian Humanist Movement, Nigeria
Lloyd Newson, Director of DV8 Physical Theatre, UK
Louise Mailloux, Author and Secular Activist, Canada
Mano Singham, Scientist and Writer, USA
Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian Sociologist and founder of Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France
Mark Embleton, President, Atheism UK, UK
Mary Devery, Historian and Human Rights Campaigner and Board Member of Terre des Femmes – Human Rights for Women e.V., Germany
Maryam Jamel, Organisation of Women’s Liberation of Iraq
Maryam Namazie, Fitnah, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, and One Law for All, UK
Massimo Redaelli, International Representative, Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti, Italy
Meredith Tax, Chair, Centre for Secular Space, USA
Mersedeh Ghaedi, Former Iranian Political Prisoner, UK
Michael Nugent, Chair, Atheist Ireland, Ireland
Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, International Committee against Stoning, International Committee against Execution and Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany, Germany
Mohamed Mahmoud, Sudanese Academic, UK
Nadia El-Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker, France
Nahla Mahmoud, Sudanese Humanists Group, UK
Naser Khader, Danish-Syrian former Member of Parliament, Denmark
Nazanin Borumand, Council of Ex-Muslim of Germany, Germany
Ofe Mazy, leader of Service Workers Union of Iraq
Ophelia Benson, Blogger and Writer, USA
Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation, UK
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, UK
PZ Myers, Blogger and Scientist, USA
Raffaele Carcano, Secretary, Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti, Italy
Rafiq Mahmoud, Activist, Indonesia
Rebecca Watson, Blogger, USA
Red Lee, Activist, UK
Reinout Zunderdorp, President, Humanist Historical Centre, The Netherlands
Richard Dawkins, Scientist, UK
Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association, USA
Russell Blackford, Writer and Philosopher, Australia
Samir Noory, Chair, Committee for Abolishing Capital Punishment in Iraq
Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Shelley Segal, Singer and Songwriter, Australia
Shishir Thadani, Writer, India
Siamak Bahari, Editor, Children First Now Persian Publication, Sweden
Siyavesh Lashgari, Editor of Bidary, USA
Sohaila Sharifi, Iranian Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK
Sonja Eggerick, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Belgium
Steve Chinn, General Secretary, Humanist Society Scotland, UK
Tarek Fatah, Writer, Canada
Tom Silvest, Activist and Atheist, Germany
Udo Schuklenk, Professor of Philosophy, Canada
Waleed Al-Husseini, Palestinian Blogger and Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France, France

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