Saturday, April 26, 2014

EXMNA has affiliates in Britain (LEMC: London Ex-Muslim Council and CEMB: Council of Ex-Muslims in Britain) and one of the LEMC head members has written a post on EXMNA about a project he's working on so that EXMNA might do something similar if we think it is a good idea.

He is taking Quran classes at an "inclusive" mosque (which is called the "gay mosque" by Muslims who disagree with the mosque because they accept gay Muslims). This mosque is very liberal and  allows gay Muslims to worship there, which is pretty unheard of in the Muslim world. By taking Qur'an classes there, he is learning more about his ex religion so that he can approach people who are in vulnerable positions and are on the edge of becoming ex-Muslim and need someone who is knowledgeable in both Islam and secularism to talk with. By taking classes at this inclusive mosque, he is also creating a tie with the Muslim world. After all, the aim is not to shun them or be shunned by them but to create connections and harmony between the two groups and support those Muslims who include all those Muslims who are shunned by the mainstream Islam.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This week we have been discussing the event I will throw for this class on EXMNA. Everyone isa really excited and some people are readily willing to participate and people even want me to film the event. The main concern we are having is whether I should invite the Muslim Student Association folks. On one hand, we believe they should know about EXMNA so there can be reduced animosity and more acceptance between the two groups, but on the other hand we have safety concerns.

Another big thing that has happened is that one of our members has come out as polyamorous. He believes he is capable of loving more that one gender/sex and multiple people at a time. Everyone has been really supportive to him. This has to do with our class for this week which was about gay rights (including LGBTQ) issues. It was awesome to read the words of advice and support offered to this member!