In the wake of the Chapel Hill shooting in North Carolina, where Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in for murdering three, young Syrian-Americans (Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohamad Abu-Salha, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha), humanists, atheists and secular organizations alike responded to the issue of Hicks’ anti-theism immediately.
As a former Muslim, as an Afghan-Canadian, and as a person with Muslim family, I deal with anti-Muslim bigotry outside of atheist circles as well as within them. Regarding the murders, I wrote last week not from the perspective as an atheist but as a person with a “Muslim name” from a “Muslim country”. I will continue to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry but I would like to take the opportunity to address how the secular movement and communities have failed me as an ex-Muslim.
I find that there is little talk and reflection of the harmful and unhelpful dialogues and approaches around Islam and Muslims within…
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