There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) was originally established in the spring of 2016, under the banner ‘Ex-Muslims of Ireland’. Naturally, a major part of this endeavour was to set up a website, including useful links on Islam and human rights. One of these links was to an article on the Islamist threat in Ireland, written by Kareem Muhssin – one of the founders of our group, along with Rananast, Mohammad Wajid, and others. (Special credit to Galib Haque, who has played a key role in our relaunch.)
Unfortunately, within hours of setting up a Twitter account, a number of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) made it their mission to discredit us. They proceeded to scour Kareem’s blog for anything that could be used to smear the group as a whole. Eventually, they discovered a regrettable piece he had written about the Travelling community many years ago, which contained hateful language. Kareem subsequently apologised for the piece, and, having agreed to leave the group for a time, made the following statement:
To be clear: this was a fearful, bewildered response to having my life threatened by someone who happened to be from that community. In struggling to manage the stresses of college and domestic life, in that instance, it was easier for me to submit to emotion and prejudice than to think rationally.
Having since revised my views about Travellers, whose integration into wider Irish society has been seriously hampered by austerity cuts, I now deeply regret writing that piece. I especially regret the dehumanising language that was used: indeed, given the racist abuse that my father has often endured, I really should have known better. I have thus apologised for it and removed it from my blog; we have also issued a statement on the website to this effect.
Unlike SJWs, Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) allows room for personal development. We have nothing but contempt for these people, who attack anyone who is perceived to be causing offence, with absolutely no regard for context. Such behaviour only feeds into the greater fascism which surrounds us, i.e. the creeping menace of Wahhabi-Salafism, whose proponents have exploited Western goodwill to sow the seeds of violence and terror.
Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) exists to empower ex-Muslims on the ground, to promote Enlightenment values such as reason and humanism, and to counteract the influence of Wahhabi-Salafism in Ireland. Anyone who opposes this mission is an enemy of humanity, and ought to be identified as such. If these people really want to fight fascism, then let them focus their efforts on Islam, rather than harassing its victims. To finish with a quote from the late Christopher Hitchens, who dispensed with these faux liberals in two short lines:
Members of the Left, along with the far larger number of squishy “progressives”, have grossly failed to live up to their responsibility to think: rather, they are merely reacting, substituting tired slogans for thought… How shady it is that our modern Leftists and peaceniks can detect fascism absolutely everywhere except when it is actually staring them in the face.
Postscript: The Enemies of Reason
Above: Peter Ferguson (@Humanisticus) and ‘Subpri.me’ (@sbprme), two of the most flagrant offenders in undermining the rights of ex-Muslims. Peter Ferguson heavily promoted the summary equation of Kareem’s blog with the EMI, going so far as to suggest that Kareem was our only member. In employing this outrageous libel, he helped sabotage our efforts to create a safe space for apostates in Ireland.
Pictured below is an email sent by Kareem to Peter in November 2016, asking for cooperation between Peter and the EMI. Although Kareem had agreed to leave the EMI for a time, it was nonetheless agreed that, given his role in the controversy, it would be most fitting for him to extend the olive branch. Peter did not reciprocate, and now pretends to be interested in dialogue.
Indeed, recent attempts at maintaining a dialogue with Peter have proven unsuccessful. All emails sent from Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) to firstname.lastname@example.org have gone undelivered, including the two emails sent in recent weeks. The first of these was sent at 2.39PM on July 25th. The second was sent at 2.05PM on July 29th:
From the delivery reports, we can see that in each case, the recipient server refused our requests to connect. It is unlikely that the problem is on our end, given that emails to other recipients deliver without fail. This means that either Peter’s server is misconfigured, or that he has blocked us. Whichever is the case, Alliance can hardly be accused of disengagement.
The modus operandi of the Regressive Left is to attribute the lowest conceivable motive to those who disagree with you. We deplore this approach, and have very little time for those who adopt it. Many of our members are having to subsist on €19.50 a week in direct provision, and are at risk of death for their disbelief. Needless to say, we have bigger fish to fry than these privileged offence-ferrets.