Legalise Apostasy

Under shari’ah, the penalty for leaving Islam is death. Thus, as of 2019, there are no less than twelve Muslim-majority countries in which apostasy is a capital offence. To reverse this situation, ex-Muslims in the United Kingdom have created an international campaign to legalise apostasy. A major part of this initiative has been to craft a petition, asking the elected representatives of liberal democracies to stand with ex-Muslims in demanding the freedom of belief.

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In February 2020, Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) had the privilege of hosting Nissar Hussain, head of Legalise Apostasy UK, in Dublin. Following up this successful endeavour, our members have collaborated with the Legalise Apostasy team to create an Ireland-specific petition, calling upon all members of Dáil Éireann to support the abolition of apostasy laws in the Muslim world – and thus, to oppose any attempts to introduce shari’ah in the Republic of Ireland.

On September 15th 2020, hard copies of our Petition to Legalise Apostasy were posted to every one of Ireland’s 160 members of parliament (TDs). We have requested that they put their signatures to it, in good time. The extent to which our politicians honour this request will be a direct measure of their attitudes towards ex-Muslims and shari’ah; this will be continuously documented in the table below. The reader can access a PDF copy of the petition via this link:

Petition to Legalise Apostasy (Ireland)



Which TDs support the rights of ex-Muslims and oppose shari’ah?

(As of September 15th 2020)

Teachta Dála

Signature

1.  Eoin Ó Broin (SF)

Pending

2.  Marc Ó Cathasaigh (GRN)

Pending

3.  Éamon Ó Cuív (FF)

Pending

4.  Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF)

Pending

5.  Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (SF)

Pending

6.  Ruairi Ó Murchú (SF)

Pending

7.  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (LAB)

Pending

8.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh (SF)

Pending

9.  Chris Andrews (SF)

Pending

10.  Mick Barry (SOL)

Pending

11.  Cathal Berry (IND)

Pending

12.  Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP)

Pending

13.  John Brady (SF)

Pending

14.  Colm Brophy (FG)

Pending

15.  James Browne (FF)

Pending

16.  Martin Browne (SF)

Pending

17.  Richard Bruton (FG)

Pending

18.  Pat Buckley (SF)

Pending

19.  Colm Burke (FG)

Pending

20.  Peter Burke (FG)

Pending

21.  Mary Butler (FF)

Pending

22.  Thomas Byrne (FF)

Pending

23.  Jackie Cahill (FF)

Pending

24.  Holly Cairns (SD)

Pending

25.  Dara Calleary (FF)

Pending

26.  Seán Canney (IND)

Pending

27.  Ciarán Cannon (FG)

Pending

28.  Joe Carey (FG)

Pending

29.  Jennifer Carroll MacNeill (FG)

Pending

30.  Matt Carthy (SF)

Pending

31.  Jack Chambers (FF)

Pending

32.  Sorca Clarke (SF)

Pending

33.  Joan Collins (R2C)

Signed

34.  Michael Collins (IND)

Pending

35.  Niall Collins (FF)

Pending

36.  Catherine Connolly (IND)

Pending

37.  Rose Conway-Walsh (SF)

Pending

38.  Patrick Costello (GRN)

Pending

39.  Simon Coveney (FG)

Pending

40.  Barry Cowen (FF)

Pending

41.  Michael Creed (FG)

Pending

42.  Réada Cronin (SF)

Pending

43.  Cathal Crowe (FF)

Pending

44.  Seán Crowe (SF)

Pending

45.  David Cullinane (SF)

Pending

46.  Pa Daly (SF)

Pending

47.  Cormac Devlin (FF)

Pending

48.  Alan Dillon (FG)

Pending

49.  Pearse Doherty (SF)

Pending

50.  Paul Donnelly (SF)

Pending

51.  Stephen Donnelly (FF)

Pending

52.  Paschal Donohoe (FG)

Pending

53.  Francis Noel Duffy (GRN)

Pending

54.  Bernard Durkan (FG)

Pending

55.  Dessie Ellis (SF)

Pending

56.  Damien English (FG)

Pending

57.  Alan Farrell (FG)

Pending

58.  Mairead Farrell (SF)

Pending

59.  Frank Feighan (FG)

Pending

60.  Michael Fitzmaurice (IND)

Pending

61.  Peter Fitzpatrick (IND)

Pending

62.  Joe Flaherty (FF)

Pending

63.  Charles Flanagan (FG)

Pending

64.  Seán Fleming (FF)

Pending

65.  Norma Foley (FF)

Pending

66.  Kathleen Funchion (SF)

Pending

67.  Gary Gannon (SD)

Pending

68.  Thomas Gould (SF)

Pending

69.  Noel Grealish (IND)

Pending

70.  Brendan Griffin (FG)

Pending

71.  Johnny Guirke (SF)

Pending

72.  Marian Harkin (IND)

Pending

73.  Simon Harris (FG)

Pending

74.  Seán Haughey (FF)

Pending

75.  Danny Healy-Rae (IND)

Pending

76.  Michael Healy-Rae (IND)

Pending

77.  Martin Heydon (FG)

Pending

78.  Emer Higgins (FG)

Pending

79.  Neasa Hourigan (GRN)

Pending

80.  Brendan Howlin (LAB)

Pending

81.  Heather Humphreys (FG)

Pending

82.  Paul Kehoe (FG)

Pending

83.  Alan Kelly (LAB)

Pending

84.  Gino Kenny (PBP)

Pending

85.  Martin Kenny (SF)

Pending

86.  Claire Kerrane (SF)

Pending

87.  John Lahart (FF)

Pending

88.  James Lawless (FF)

Pending

89.  Brian Leddin (GRN)

Pending

90.  Michael Lowry (IND)

Pending

91.  Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (SF)

Pending

92.  Marc MacSharry (FF)

Pending

93.  Josepha Madigan (FG)

Pending

94.  Catherine Martin (GRN)

Pending

95.  Micheál Martin (FF)

Pending

96.  Steven Matthews (GRN)

Pending

97.  Paul McAuliffe (FF)

Pending

98.  Charlie McConalogue (FF)

Pending

99.  Mary Lou McDonald (SF)

Pending

100.  Helen McEntee (FG)

Pending

101.  Mattie McGrath (IND)

Pending

102.  Michael McGrath (FF)

Pending

103.  John McGuinness (FF)

Pending

104.  Joe McHugh (FG)

Pending

105.  Michael McNamara (IND)

Pending

106.  Denise Mitchell (SF)

Pending

107.  Aindrias Moynihan (FF)

Pending

108.  Michael Moynihan (FF)

Pending

109.  Imelda Munster (SF)

Pending

110.  Jennifer Murnane O’Connor (FF)

Pending

111.  Catherine Murphy (SD)

Pending

112.  Eoghan Murphy (FG)

Pending

113.  Paul Murphy (RIS)

Pending

114.  Verona Murphy (FG)

Pending

115.  Johnny Mythen (SF)

Pending

116.  Gerald Nash (LAB)

Pending

117.  Denis Naughten (IND)

Pending

118.  Hildegarde Naughton (FG)

Pending

119.  Carol Nolan (IND)

Pending

120.  Malcolm Noonan (GRN)

Pending

121.  Darragh O’Brien (FF)

Pending

122.  Joe O’Brien (GRN)

Pending

123.  Cian O’Callaghan (SD)

Pending

124.  Jim O’Callaghan (FF)

Pending

125.  James O’Connor (FF)

Pending

126.  Willie O’Dea (FF)

Pending

127.  Kieran O’Donnell (FG)

Pending

128.  Richard O’Donoghue (IND)

Pending

129.  Patrick O’Donovan (FG)

Pending

130.  Fergus O’Dowd (FG)

Pending

131.  Roderic O’Gorman (GRN)

Pending

132.  Louise O’Reilly (SF)

Pending

133.  Darren O’Rourke (SF)

Pending

134.  Christopher O’Sullivan (FF)

Pending

135.  Pádraig O’Sullivan (FF)

Pending

136.  John Paul Phelan (FG)

Pending

137.  Thomas Pringle (IND)

Signed

138.  Maurice Quinlivan (SF)

Pending

139.  Anne Rabbitte (FF)

Pending

140.  Neale Richmond (FG)

Pending

141.  Michael Ring (FG)

Pending

142.  Eamon Ryan (GRN)

Pending

143.  Patricia Ryan (SF)

Pending

144.  Matt Shanahan (IND)

Pending

145.  Seán Sherlock (LAB)

Pending

146.  Róisín Shortall (SD)

Pending

147.  Bríd Smith (PBP)

Pending

148.  Brendan Smith (FF)

Pending

149.  Duncan Smith (LAB)

Pending

150.  Niamh Smyth (FF)

Pending

151.  Ossian Smyth (GRN)

Pending

152.  Brian Stanley (SF)

Pending

153.  David Stanton (FG)

Pending

154.  Peadar Tóibín (AON)

Pending

155.  Robert Troy (FF)

Pending

156.  Pauline Tully (SF)

Pending

157.  Leo Varadkar (FG)

Pending

158.  Mark Ward (SF)

Pending

159.  Jennifer Whitmore (SD)

Pending

160.  Violet Wynne (SF)

Pending