An ex-Muslim comes out at the Secular Conference

While I’m cooling my heels in the hospital, I have a video for you. My thanks to several readers who found this powerful 10-minute talk by ex-Muslim Mohammad Alkhadra from the recent Secular Conference in London.  It sounds as if this was the first time he showed his face in pubic as an “out” atheist. He gives a moving indictment of the death threats leveled at (and sometimes carried out on) apostate Muslims, as well as of those appeasers who claim that religion has nothing to do with terrorism. Note that he gives credit to Richard Dawkins for “waking him up”:

Alkhandra (there’s no hyphen in the conference program) is described thusly:

[Alkhandra] was born in 1992. A Jordanian civil engineer and a human rights activist, Alkhadra founded the Jordanian Atheists Group in 2013. He later began to organise help for endangered ex-Muslims to leave the country. He shows his face on camera to challenge the illegality of apostasy in the country.

The video below is also relevant to yesterday’s post, for Alkandra, only 25, surely endangers himself by criticizing Islam. He is eloquent (this is apparently his first talk!) and, I suspect, has a bright future in the secular movement—if he survives.

As reader Hardy, one of those who sent me this, noted:

This very powerful speech by Mohammed Al Khadra at the recent Secular Conference moved me a great deal. I’m sickened by the way in which cowardly hypocrites in the West continue to betray brave people like Mohammad.

The conference’s theme was the plight of ex-Muslims, and there were many good speakers. The videos of the meeting are available on this page.


  1. GBJames
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Ex-Muslims are real heroes.

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Great speech because of who it comes from and great finish – Islam is the virus.

  3. rickflick
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    It gives me hope.

  4. Posted August 3, 2017 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Good on him! I hope he and his family can stay safe!

  5. Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I was actually at the conference. Mohammad told me that he was really nervous about his presentation and had spent hours preparing his notes. But he then got up and spoke from the heart, and simply blew everyone away. He also has a great sense of humour, as I discovered the following day as we swapped stories whilst standing in a London park dressed only in our underpants and being painted red from head to foot as part of a body art demonstration in support of the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain!

    • Posted August 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      👍 Very good to hear!

    • rickflick
      Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Encouraging to hear you two are so committed as to be painted nearly nude. Stay safe.

  6. nicky
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Now this was a speech, I could not keep it dry (and I kept it dry at the chimps remembering, so I’m not a softy).
    It really is heartbreaking how those that should support these extraordinarily courageous people don’t, and not just don’t, but meet them with scorn and hatred. Sick.
    (as the Cheeto in chief would say, he does sometimes have a way -blush)

  7. Gary Allan
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    “showed his face in pubic”? Well, that would have been titillating.

  8. darrelle
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    My hat is off to Mohammad Alkhadra. That is what courage looks like.

  9. Heather Hastie
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Courage personified.

  10. Tim Milburn
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I was there on the 1st day of the conference. They screened “Islam’s Non-Believers” by Deeyah Khan (who BTW said she was a liberal muslim rather than ex) which showed graphic images of the seculars killed in Bangladesh. Bonya Ahmed, who survived an attack there (though her partner didn’t) spoke and showed great strength and integrity. The security was quite serious, and we were told not to disclose the location to anyone, but thankfully the atmosphere inside did seem to be fearless and positive. I didn’t count, but women seemed to predominate amongst the speakers which was good to see. One of the most notable points of contention, was the issue of whether or not to go softly on religion to help make religious allies who believe in secular political arrangements (the right to free speech always being granted). Maryam Namazie made a strongly voiced intervention at one point, saying how important it was for nonbelievers to say everything they think and feel about the wrongs and falsehoods of religion. It was a good conference, I hope I can find a way to do more to help with these issues in the future.

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