Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) exists to empower Irish ex-Muslims and to raise awareness of the moral and intellectual failings of Islam. When we are not active on social media or doing interviews, we are engaging in direct action on the ground. Indeed, public demonstrations against the persecution of liberal thinkers form a major part of our work.
On October 13th 2018, a number of our members assembled outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dublin to protest the brutal detainment of Raif Badawi, a prominent campaigner for secularism and human rights. This vigil was held in conjunction with Atheist Ireland, whose efforts to abolish blasphemy laws must be recognised. John Hamill, then a board member of Atheist Ireland, can be seen holding up our banner in the first image below.
On June 17th 2019, our members collaborated with Aggrieved Asylum Seekers of Ireland to organise a protest in Cork against the failings of the Direct Provision system. This demonstration was held in response to the summary deportation of sixteen Pakistani asylum seekers – including an ex-Muslim atheist from our ranks. Over a hundred people turned out for this event, which was met with a largely warm reception from the general public.
On January 11th 2020, our members held a demonstration in support of Junaid Hafeez, a Pakistani academic sentenced to death for blasphemy. We initially assembled outside Leinster House, calling upon the Government of Ireland to abandon its proposed “hate speech” laws, which only serve to legitimise oppressive regimes like Pakistan. We then took our protest to the Embassy of Pakistan in Ballsbridge, demanding that Junaid be released immediately.