The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) desperately needs support

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) desperately needs support January 22, 2011

MARYAM Namazie, spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, yesterday issued an emergency appeal for funds, saying:

The CEMB is in the worst financial situation since its inception.

She explained:

It is incredibly hard to get support for our work from funders, even some who might be perceived as allies. The media and government, too, continue to avoid real discussion on the issues at hand. That’s why we have to depend on you for your help in getting the word out, supporting ex-Muslims and challenging Islamism and Sharia law, which punishes ‘apostates’ with the death penalty.

Since its establishment in 2007, the CEMB has become a refuge for people who have left Islam. It is a hugely important sanctuary for women and men who face threats, intimidation and/or isolation for taking this step.
Namazi added:

Since our inception, we’ve always been here to help – whether it is finding a safe house and giving support or defending the right to asylum for ‘apostates’ fleeing Sharia law.
In the past year, we’ve helped hundreds of people, held an important conference on Apostasy and Sharia Law, had speaking engagements across the country and developed a number of crucial resources including Guidelines for Ex-Muslims and Frontline practitioners and an information document on Apostasy and Asylum in the UK.

But all this work needs money. We hope you can take time out to send us a donation. Any amount, whatever you can give, will truly help. We are looking for people to give just £3 a month (more, if possible), so that we can begin to have an income that we can rely on.

Here are just three of the many messages received by the CEMB by people who have ditched Islam:

• I’ve discarded Islam and I want to be with others like me in the effort to break the taboo associated with leaving Islam. This organisation is significant because it represents one of the most difficult things I must deal with in my life, and is the only effort in the UK to tackle the hardships of those in much worse situations than I.
• After 20 years of Islam, I finally gave up the prison for my freedom … It has been a long and painful journey, with many more obstacles ahead, but I am confident that things can only get better for the long-term.  Well done CEMB for creating this unified voice for ex-Muslims!
• I was born and raised in a Muslim family and later studied medicine, two polarizing aspects, which led me to the conclusion that there is no god…  Living in a place like Pakistan, where there’s zero tolerance for freedom of thought and choice, I find this Council a big step forward in the face of religious conservatism, a place where people like myself can find acceptance. I reject the religious hypocrisy that surrounds me and thank you all for accepting a free mind.

1. To donate to the crucial work of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, please either send a cheque, made payable to CEMB, to BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK or pay via World Pay by visiting:  The Council desperately needs regular support that we can rely on and are asking for supporters to commit to giving at least £3 a month via direct debit.
2. You can find out about the organisation’s recent activities here:
• It’s latest statement on Baroness Warsi and Islamophobia:
• Video footage on 11 December conference on Apostasy and Sharia Law, a video in Arabic (English subtitles) in support of Arabic speaking apostates as well as Guidelines for Ex-Muslims and a report on Asylum and Apostasy:
•  Inspiring statements from our members:
• Media coverage:
3. For further information contact:
Maryam Namazie, spokesperson, CEMB, BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731.

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  • Donation sent.

  • Have cut and pasted the appeal into my blog … this is an appeal I support 100%

  • I’ve just had one comment on my blog in response to this that says … “They don’t have a charity no. I’m not a fan of giving money to people who I have no idea who they are or what they do with the money I give.”
    can anybody out there comment please … are they a registered charity?

  • Anonymous

    I found this via CEMB – this blogger has gotten himself in trouble in Morocco because of his atheism.
    Maryam Namazie is terrific; the group does important work. CEMB should be a government agency! Barring that, the government should charge mosques a tax to subsidize them 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Dave Gamble – No, no registration. It appears there has been some trouble with charity status. From 2008:

    The Charities Commission has said the CEMB cannot apply for charity status because we defend secularism!
    Although the Richard Dawkins Foundation has a charity #, so I’m not sure what the problem would be.

  • This give me added incentive to look for the ‘somewhere safe’ where my paypal details are stored.
    I’ll ink to this on Secular Cafe, too.

  • barriejohn

    Richard Dawkins has some pertinent remarks about charitable status here:

  • Jim

    Charitable status though relevant has some problems when the organisation is likely to be challenging Government policy. The NSS has considered this issue and rejected the path to Charity status and instead is a not for profit Company limited by guarantee which provides contributors with protection and accountability through the Companies Acts. NSS does not therefore get the tax breaks that Charities do.

  • So, although we are a secular country, secular organisations such as the CEMB are not recognised by the Charities Commission. That figures.
    If Simon Singh is short of work after his last successful legal battle, perhaps he would like to take this one on.

  • Maryam Namazie has made an interesting point, “I am not sure what not having charitable status has to do with organisations not knowing who they are or what they need funds for. We are an organisation with very clear aims – coming out in the open and renouncing Islam and religion in order to break the taboo and challenge the Islamist movement that punishes apostasy with death. It is very much like gays coming out of the closet. Yes religion or atheism is a private matter but not when you can get killed for it. Then coming out becomes a form of resistance…
    This has nothing to do with having charitable status. Religion is a charitable object but not what we do. The charity commission has said that we cannot become a charity since we promote secularism. Plus there are many organisations such as the National Secular Society and Amnesty International that don’t have charitable status because of the charity commission’s narrow rules – that doesn’t make them worthless organisations.
    If PW is so desperate to fund charities irrespective of their aims – or believes that only charitable organisations have aims that are worthy of support – there is always the Sharia Council or the Muslim Council of Britain which he can fund….”

  • barriejohn

    Sorry to keep banging the same drum (no – I’m not really!), but how come this particular pressure group, which has caused so much mischief in certain schools, qualifies for charitable status, and is thus funded partly by the taxpayer?
    (Click onto the Donate Online link)

  • NeoWolfe

    When I rejected fundamentalism, I lost my wife, my children, my parents, my grandparents, and all my friends. There was no organization to dress my wounds, or give me a new set of peers. I guess, it would have been sweet if there were.
    But, let’s look at the reality of the other side of the coin. That if you are not an athiest, will people like Bjohn consider you a troll. Will these people in transistion from fundamentalism be treated with kindness and understanding or have their faces shoved into the dirt? Be careful where you spend your money. Atheism and freethought are not the same.

  • barriejohn

    You ARE a fucking troll, NeoWolfe, and that statement is the evidence! The fact that you can’t see that demonstrates your stupidity as well. These constant personal attacks are really getting me down – which I suppose is your one aim – so congratulations, but you only demonstrate to all and sundry what a self-obsessed, opinionated, arrogant pain in the arse you really are!!

  • Harps

    So do I donate to CEMB or One Law For All? Are they the same organisation? Both worthy causes, just want to know who I’m giving my money to.