In an earlier post, I told you about Imad Iddine Habib, a Moroccan atheist now in hiding as authorities seek him out for the crime of “shaking religious faith.” His case is gaining more attention, as the threat to his life grows. Among the strikes against him, Imad is the founder (at 22 years old) of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco, and to rally support to Imad’s cause, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain has declared May 15 “International Imad Day.” From their website:
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.
Imad has also managed to record a video of himself telling his story. It’s part of the “I Am Moral Courage” series of videos, and it’s a rare opportunity for us to put a voice and moving image to the human being behind the crisis.