Monday, February 10, 2014

There Is No Religious Freedom Without The Freedom To Change Religion.
I am concerned that 1.3 billion Muslims do not have the freedom to change religion. They do not have the freedom to leave Islam.
Freedom of believe and religion is a basic civil right of the individual.
Religious Freedom is given by God. We can chose between “the wide and the narrow way”. God will not accept our religious conviction if it does not come from our heart. As God wants us to love Him and without freedom we can not love. To love we need the freedom to love or not to love. Love can not be forced.

Article 18 of the UDHR spells out this right.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”.
Apostasy and Blasphemy laws in Islam are breaching article 18 and 19. As the Apostasy law doesn’t give the individual the right to change and Blasphemy law contradict with freedom of thought and speech.
If I say: “I do not believe that Muhammed is a prophet of God”. I would be accused of blasphemy. It is ridiculous, because if I had believed that, I would have been a muslim. Both accusations can lead to execution.
We need to stand up for the application of article 18 and 19 world wide. Dr. Martin Luther King said:
“Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere”.
Kamal Fahmi
Set My People Free 

International Executive Director 

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