We think that the persecution and discrimination against those that leave Islam is only found in Muslim-majority countries and that our laws and attitudes protect them in the West.  Not so.

Is this not supposed to be one of the foundational principles of Western Society?

UN 25th September 2012

UN 25th September 2012

The like of CAIR go on and on about human rights but I guess this only applies to Muslims that stay within the fold.  But is it any wonder when we have Obama making statements like this?  What about the future must not belong those that oppress and discriminate against others?

I believe we need to support organisations  and individuals like Ex Muslims of North America.  In many ways they are at the forefront of the fight against Islam in our various nations and they can probably do more good for the cause of freedom in this regard than we can.

Apostates refused service at Wegmans bakery – fear of invoking offense led to discrimination, says Ex-Muslims of North America

June 20, 2016

Wegmans, a chain of 89 grocery stores, refused to bake and decorate a cake for a private celebration for those who have left the faith of Islam.

The request included a picture of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) name and logo, with a caption of “Congratulations on 3 years!”, but was refused by an associate from the Fairfax branch of the popular chain, stating that the request was “offensive”.

EXMNA representatives called Wegmans bakery to clarify, and were refused again, with no explanation on why the logo, name, and caption was considered offensive.

After conferring with management, the Wegman’s employee stated that her boss(es) would not change their stance on the issue. The associate further added that – the store had Muslim workers, “my employees may not know what this stands for, Ex-Muslims of North America, and I don’t have enough time and people to educate them on what it is,” and although they were not sure if the employees would be offended, they “can’t put them in that situation”.

“I’m shocked by the denial,” said Muhammad Syed, the president of EXMNA. “There is nothing about our name or logo that can be considered offensive to any reasonable individual. There are some, however, who take our very existence as an affront to their faith, and to them I have only this to say: We have every right to exist and be proud of who we are, and we won’t back down.”

EXMNA representatives reached out to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional separation of state and church, who agreed that the actions of Wegmans employees were unlawful and discriminatory. “Refusing to provide services to a group on the basis of their religion or lack of a religion is a clear violation of federal, state, and local civil rights laws—one we hope the company will move quickly to correct,” said FFRF constitutional attorney Andrew L. Seidel.
On behalf of EXMNA, FFRF is asking Wegmans to fulfill the original order without charge and educate its employees on their duty to serve patrons without discrimination.

“Ex-Muslims around the world are persecuted and threatened, even by their own family and friends,” Syed continued. “We assumed that here, in the United States, we could go about our business without disruption. Unfortunately, even respectable businesses would rather turn away a persecuted group than risk offence.”

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Ex-Muslims of North America is a 501 ( c)(3) registered non-profit, dedicated to advocating for acceptance of religious dissent, promoting secular values, and reducing discrimination faced by those who leave Islam.

“Ex-Muslims around the world are persecuted and threatened, even by their own family and friends,” Syed continued. “We assumed that here, in the United States, we could go about our business without disruption. Unfortunately, even respectable businesses would rather turn away a persecuted group than risk offence.”

Originally posted 2016-07-01 21:02:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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EX-Muslims of North America
Vision:
We envision a world where every person is free to follow their conscience.

Mission:
Ex-Muslims of North America advocates for acceptance of religious dissent, promotes secular values, and aims to reduce discrimination faced by those who leave Islam.

Objectives:

We aim to reduce discrimination faced by those who leave Islam, advocate for acceptance of religious dissent, and promote secular values.

We counter the isolation facing non-theist Ex-Muslims by fostering communities and support networks.

We strive to amplify diverse Ex-Muslim voices and experiences, and stand against those who seek to stifle criticism of Islam.

What We Do

EXMNA is the first organization of its kind to establish communities exclusive to ex-muslims in order to foster a sense of camaraderie and offer a space free of judgement for lack of religiosity. EXMNA has established local chapters in 18 cities across the United States and Canada, with hundreds of ex-muslims taking part in local meetups.

As part of our mission to raise the voices and ideas of ex-muslims, we launched The Ex-Muslim – the world’s first and only online magazine and blogroll offering a nuanced insight on Islam from former Muslims.

EXMNA representatives speak at conferences across the United States and Canada as well as appear on various media outlets when the opportunity arises.

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