Ex-Muslims Rally for Persecuted Moroccan Atheist Imad Iddine Habib

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.

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  • Mackinz

    Imad, if you are reading this, please know that you are fighting the actual good fight, and that we, your fellow atheists and fellow ex-Muslims are supporting your courageous actions wholeheartedly. Focus on keeping away from the idiots who are pursuing you, and we’ll continue spreading your story.

    If I could do more than offer verbal support and encouragement, I would definitely do so.

  • LesterBallard

    Yeah, if your faith can be so easily shaken, it really isn’t for shit, is it?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    Consulate General of The Kingdom of Morocco in the United States: 10 East 40th Street,: New York, NY 10016. E-Mail: info@moroccanconsulate.com

    My email:

    Dear Consulate Staff and Ambassador:

    I am writing to you today to inform you of my outrage, as a person with great respect and admiration for the Moroccan people, at the treatment of one of its citizens. Imad Iddine Habib is a person of conviction, integrity and bravery and it is wrong that he should be unsafe and threatened by his fellow citizens when he has committed no crime recognized by civilized society. It has been the hallmark, over the ages, for Muslims and Islamic nations to equal, if not pass, the West and other cultures for religious intolerance of many faiths, including freethinkers. Let that be the case again, today, for Mr. Habib and his Muslim neighbors.

    Faith may be required of believers, but faith has a complicated meaning which includes, according to Muslim scholars going back hundreds of years, that believers respect the complexity and mystery of Creation. Muslims are enjoined by scripture to practice charity, and humility. They are not granted the right to act in the stead of their creator. They are not told to cower in fear at mere words, or oppress the weak. A man in the minority with nothing more than a desire to speak his mind hounded by a whole nation is the very definition of oppression of the weak.

    Please take immediate action to secure Mr. Habib and his family from harm. Please inform your government that the world is watching, as is the universe and all that it is in it. What the Moroccan people choose to do now will be entered into the annals of history and be passed down for all time. No one wants to stand before an ultimate judge and have to admit to having blood on their hands, for no better reason than mania and paranoia.

    Mr. Habib would be welcomed by many Americans, and citizens around the globe. Do all that you can to assure every Moroccan is equally welcome and accepting, and shuns violence against him. Thank you for your attention to this matter, I hope for speedy and happy results for everyone.


  • Mick

    Are the embassy diplomats offering any help, or are they just sitting back and waiting to see what happens?

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  • Sids

    These authorities are shaking my faith in humanity, should they be prosecuted too? Or is humainty just not as important as religion?

  • rustygh

    Very nicely written. I don’t think it will help.
    In fact the part where you say the world is watching will push them to hunt him down and kill him publicly. Is sad, but true. These backwards thinking dirtbags won’t change.

  • http://twitter.com/RobinEdgar Robin Edgar

    Meanwhile I am *still* being accused of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel by ever so “liberal” Unitarian Universalists, for “shaking religious faith” by blogging about some UU pedophiles and rapists. Needlesss to say, I consider it a great honour and privilege to be accused of blasphemy by Unitarians. Most ironically, the UUA “religious leaders” responsible for accusing me of the crime of blasphemous libel are almost certainly “Angry Atheists” as it were. . . LOL!

  • http://twitter.com/RobinEdgar Robin Edgar

    Tell that to the Unitarian Universalists who are accusing me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel (still on the books up here in Soviet Canuckistan) for allegedly making “unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape.” Of course the key word in all that legalistic bluster is *unfounded* and my allegations about U*Us who have actually been convicted of engaging in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape. are by no means unfounded. . .

  • luca

    Santo subito!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001594967661 Antonios Gregorios C. Theophag

    Imad had also appeared on an earlier video with 3 other Moroccan
    atheists.. check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzFlBIV1_Uc

  • Hamza

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO , this picture is totaly wrong , I am from Morocco and nobody is jailed for being athiest , Our government has an athiest among them . and Morocco is not islamic .. lol we have whores and injustice and alcohol…. dude, I have plenty of athiests as friends and I am a muslim, andI keep debating , you are totally frauding the situation , and most of athiests do .

    Bad for you.

  • Grimm Warden

    Mr. Habib don’t give up, there’s a lot more Moroccan Atheist’s than people realize and I among them consider you a inspiration and a hero. :)