Atheist Voicemails #20: The Plight of Ex-Muslims ☪️

Atheist Voicemails #20: The Plight of Ex-Muslims ☪️


You have reached atheist Republic voicemails. God may not be listening to you, but the citizens of the Atheist Republic are. Leave us a voicemail in atheistrepublic.com. For a chance to have your message broadcast to our followers worldwide. Send us your opinion, stories, advice or concerns. Together we’ll build a platform for atheist voices all around the globe. Hi my name is James [0:00:21 Unintelligible] I’m from Morocco, Africa. And I’m an atheist who lives in a Muslim country. So, we have a very, very difficult life here. Especially in Arab countries Muslims, because they don’t accept other religions, other than their theirs. And especially the atheist they don’t accept them at all. If you ask someone from their regular one from the society you just say that he wants to kill us. We don’t have our personal freedom. Especially even with our families. Our families, they don’t know are atheist. We can speak out and if they know they might kick that their children out of the house or just kill them. No, no it’s very hard to live in a Muslim country. So, that’s it. So, a lot of people suffer because of that everyday including me and I wish that I was able to get out of this country or just live peacefully in it. Thank you. Hey guys I appreciate a lot of what you’re doing. This is Shannon. Just hanging out and didn’t Texas it’s really nice to know that there’s a really huge group of people that are like-minded and understand tolerance in a better way than what I went though. I personally had a father that was a Roman Catholic and mother that was a Southern Baptist. And yeah naturally I became an atheist. Hello atheists Republic. My name is Adam and I am gay X Muslim atheist. I live in Indonesia and I have been in atheist for three years now. I still remember the official month official official because here you can be an atheist like legally you have to have a religion on your ID card. Sorry it’s loud if you can’t hear the traffic, I have to step out of the house to record this I’m afraid my family might hear this or something… um, okay so, I never really had a huge problem with being an atheist, because I’m not open about it. Unless to my close friends. And even with my close friends I think that they still think that I am a Muslim. Like I’m just a bad Muslim like I’m on this dark path right now, but deep down like I still believe like I think that they still think that, but because you know sometimes they still ask me to pray with them or when I say shit like “I don’t believe in God or hell or heaven.” They always say like I seem like us for forgiveness or something. I mean they mean well because they’ve been taught that living Muslim is like an unforgivable sin or something. So, they want what’s best for me, I guess. But that is really annoying as for my family, they still think I’m a Muslim obviously, because well you know I didn’t hold them that I’m an atheist. I will never told them, because well they would be broke and sad like they will somehow sting thing that it’s their fault. I mean they won’t they won’t kill me or something when they’re not like extreme Muslim, but maybe they will kick me out of the house. I don’t know I don’t want to think about it because I just can’t imagine if they actually kick me out of the house. So, I’m a closeted a atheist in my house. And it gets really sad sometimes like whenever my father told me to pray and I just can say no. I can say I don’t want to do it like or something like I have to do it and I do it and I just stand there in my room pretending to pray just it just makes me sad. It makes me feel bad and guilty like I don’t want to do this. It’s not I am I don’t want to lie to my parents but you know it’s just the way it is. Um I guess that’s what really get me of being a closeted to atheist. In Indonesia with most of the boys Muslim. And I guess it makes me not really comfortable in my own house, because I know my family loves me but would they still love me if they knew who I really am like what I really like? That’s sad. I just I just want people to know me for me, without being kicked out of the house. I mean I don’t know what else to say. Ok, I guess that’s it. Thank you for listening. Thank you for creating this platform. Yes, I have never say these things to anyone not even to my close friends I think, like what gets me of being an atheist. I guess that’s it goodbye. Hello fellow atheists, my name is John I’m from Egypt. I’m an ex-catholic. The thing I wanted to say today is I think things are moving forward. Things are progressing even though we might not be able to see it real life, but I can see more people than in for adapting more secure perspective, more people are willing to separate their religious beliefs, from their political ideologies, from the way they treat other people. You can see that if you instiller, if you’re seeing things from the inside, I know things are still horrible if you look at Egypt radicalism. And extremism is a real ugly problem but you can still sense a real change and that’s something I’m positive about. We might not see that change in our lifetimes, but um I’m sure things are going forward. I mean seen a rainbow flag in Cairo is impossible. But it happened and I know the backlash was horrible, but breaking that taboo was never heard of before. And I believe that things are going forward. Hi, I just wanted to say that I commend everything that you guys stand for atheist Republic. I recently stumbled upon the page and I was surprised to see how many atheists there are. And I know um the people in this website are not the majority by any means. I mean they are not the majority, when it comes to the atheist around the world. But I really was feeling alone ever since I left Islam. I had no one to talk to about it and they definitely cannot talk to my family and friends about it since I’m still living under my parents roof. Um, I just want to say that this website has given me some assurance that you know, I’m not crazy all the doubts that I’ve been having were not just in my head. They were real and I’m not the only person who has been feeling this way so. So, I just want to thank you thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to use this platform as an outlet. They um, meet new people with similar views and beliefs as we have and to just smell that we’re not alone. I really appreciate it and I know a lot of people appreciate it. 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11 thoughts on “Atheist Voicemails #20: The Plight of Ex-Muslims ☪️

  1. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/atheistrepublic

  2. Those ex-muslims in muslim countries are the bravest people on the Earth. Are there any way to help them, but without making worse, like provoking hunt on them? Let's brainstorm

  3. My younger brother has become
    a very strict Catholic and he has
    shunned me. Our half sister the
    youngest is a Mormon. I'm the
    only atheist in the family. So, I'm
    all alone.

  4. you're all not alone …we are many and we have decided to challenge the norm , we think differently and don't societal conformity.

  5. Well,so now the wise people have a platform to voice their thoughts n share the personal experience, great job ever,

  6. It's terrible people have to live with this kind of religious oppression. I find it disgusting… I lived in Egypt for some time… while there i thought everything was pretty okay. Then i came back to USA and came up with some criticisms about religion i put out there on social media, next thing i know all these people i had met.. that i thought were happy Muslims in Egypt, started messaging me about how they been non believer for long time but not able to talk to anyone about it. While i was there i just never knew… i thought everything was fine and everyone was pretty okay with the religion there. It was an act… they have to put on that act. Or face backlash from friends and family. They would lose everything. I felt horrible the whole time i just assumed all was well.
    That was the beginning of my break with religion entirely.

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