The editors of a new book with compiled testimonies of ex-Muslims say they were not surprised when the Council on American-Islamic Relations attacked their work, without first reading the anthology. However, the group was shocked that the New York Daily News characterized CAIR as the voice of moderate Muslims. The compilation, titled Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out was criticized by CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper, weeks before the book’s release. Hooper is quoted as saying: This book is put out by WND Publishing [sic], which promotes hate every day on its extremist anti-Muslim hate site. Hooper also made false assertions that the company’s editor suggested air-dropping pig’s blood over Afghanistan – claim which CAIR’s lawyer retracted.
The chairman of the council of former Muslims, Mina Ahadi, opposes the plans to build new mosques in Cologne and Frankfurt. Mosques are a symbol of Political Islam, Ahadi said. Germany had already enough Mosques and religion should remain private.
The council of former Muslims is convinced that Muslim organizations in Germany are secret enemies of the liberal social order. Intimidations, radicalizations, and honor killings are clear signals, the council warns.
ROTTERDAM – National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism (NCTb) Tjibbe Joustra fears the effects of the tone that some prominent Dutch are taking in the discussion of Islam, he says in the AD on Monday. The paper claims that Joustra is referring to statements from MP Geert Wilders and Ehsan Jami, founder of the Committee for Former Muslims. But a spokesperson for Joustra says his comments were made in general, without reference to any specific individuals. Joustra says in the paper: “When someone says those kinds of things, I have mixed feelings about that.” “Radical statements like that can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for people who are on the verge of becoming violent.”
Are Ehsan Jami’s methods promoting religious tolerance in the Netherlands? Controversially, 9/11 was chosen as the date to sign the “European Declaration for Tolerance.” It aims to draw attention to what the former Muslims see as the lack of freedom of religion within Islam. Former Muslims from several European countries signed the declaration in the Hague on the sixth anniversary of the terror attacks in the United States Tuesday. Other signatories included many well-known Dutch politicians, authors and journalists. The date of the declaration, Sept.11, was symbolically chosen in order to condemn the terror and intolerance perpetuated by radical Islamic militants, though critics argue that choosing the date unfairly links Islam to terrorism.