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Two cheers for ex-Muslim atheists

March 7, 2017

Ali Rivzi is exactly right when he says:

Challenging Islam as a doctrine is very different from demonizing Muslim people.

Let me push that further. The vast majority of Muslims keep their faith for the same reason as the vast majority of Christians: they were raised in it, and it is a strong part of their family life. Those so raised who leave their religion behind have followed a path similar to those of us who left other religions, but will be shaped by that upbringing and have an understanding of their former co-religionists that, say, ex-Christian atheists do not. So I am glad to see authors like Rivzi writing on that journey.

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