10 January 2016

An Atheist and a Muslim in Conversation

This excellent event brought together Boyd Sleator, Chair of Atheist Northern Ireland, and Tehmina Kazi, the Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy.

Tehmina began by speaking of her liberal Muslim upbringing, her strong rejection of conservative and intolerant views within Muslim communities, and her pleasure in discovering like-minded progressive Muslims with whom she has found common ground.

She spoke warmly of several positive projects, including the Inclusive Mosque Initiative and Muslim outreach efforts, such as those aimed at helping victims of flooding. She also explained some of the challenges she faces – as a secular Muslim activist Tehmina has come in for criticism not just (predictably) from Islamists, but also from elements of the far left. [Harry’s Place] Read more