Some perspectives from former believers Video
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Links to some videos imparting perspectives on
disbelief in gods / supernaturalism from former
christians (first two videos) and from former
muslims (last two videos) ...

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Confessions of a Former Christian

A former christian, now atheist, discusses some
of his former views when he was a christian




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Dan Barker Lecture - Part 1 of 9

2009 lecture by Freedom From Religion Foundation
co-president Dan Barker, a former christian pastor who
deconverted and became an activist in the movement
to promote values distanced from religious faith




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Islam to Atheism - Ex Muslims

From the submitter of the video: "I got a bit fed up
with seeing so many videos about celebrities converting
to Islam so I thought I'd make a video about well known,
well educated individuals who understood their prior
faith but came to a reasoned and rational conclusion
that Islam and all theistic religions are false.

This is not to presume that they all became atheists for
the same reasons or agree with each other on all matters
about religion, race, or nationality. Only that each of
them have moved from Islam to Atheism : )"

Soundtrack: Bad Religion -- Atheist Peace

Maybe it’s too late for intellectual debate,
but a residue of confusion remains.

Changing with the times,
and developmentally tortured minds
are the average citizen’s sources of pain.

Tell me what we’re fighting for—
I don’t remember anymore,
only temporary reprieve

And the world might cease
if we fail to tame the beast
from the faith that you release
comes an atheist peace.

Atheist peace.

Political forces render
bitter cold winds of discontent,
and the modern age emerged triumphantly.
But now it seemed we've stalled,
And it’s time to de-evolve
and relive the dark chapters of history

Tell me what we’re fighting for—
No progress ever came from war,
only a false sense of increase

and the world won’t wait
for the truth upon a plate
but we’re ready now to feast on an atheist peace.

Atheist peace



Manifesto of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
  http://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/indexManifesto.html

We, non-believers, atheists, and ex-Muslims, are establishing
or joining the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain to insist that
no one be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative
rights nor deemed to be represented by regressive Islamic
organisations and 'Muslim community leaders'.

Those of us who have come forward with our names and
photographs represent countless others who are unable or
unwilling to do so because of the threats faced by those
considered 'apostates' - punishable by death in countries
under Islamic law.

By doing so, we are breaking the taboo that comes with
renouncing Islam but also taking a stand for reason, universal
rights and values, and secularism.

Whilst religion or the lack thereof is a private affair, the
increasing intervention of and devastation caused by religion
and particularly Islam in contemporary society has necessi-
tated our public renunciation and declaration. We represent
a majority in Europe and a vast secular and humanist protest
movement in countries like Iran.

Taking the lead from the Central Council of Ex-Muslims in
Germany, we demand:

  1. Universal rights and equal citizenship for all. We are opposed
      to cultural relativism and the tolerance of inhuman beliefs,
      discrimination and abuse in the name of respecting religion or
      culture.

  2. Freedom to criticise religion. Prohibition of restrictions on uncon-
      ditional freedom of criticism and expression using so-called reli-
      gious 'sanctities'.

  3. Freedom of religion and atheism.

  4. Separation of religion from the state and legal and educational
      system.

  5. Prohibition of religious customs, rules, ceremonies or activities
      that are incompatible with or infringe people's rights and free-
      doms.

  6. Abolition of all restrictive and repressive cultural and religious
      customs which hinder and contradict woman's independence,
      free will and equality. Prohibition of segregation of sexes.

  7. Prohibition of interference by any authority, family members or
      relatives, or official authorities in the private lives of women and
      men and their personal, emotional and sexual relationships and
      sexuality.

  8. Protection of children from manipulation and abuse by religion
      and religious institutions.

  9. Prohibition of any kind of financial, material or moral support by
      the state or state institutions to religion and religious activities and
      institutions.

10. Prohibition of all forms of religious intimidation and threats.

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On the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, French TV

Members of the British Council of Ex-Muslims discuss
the way in which the 9-11 islamic terrorist mass mur-
ders led them to form this group and publicly denounce
religion, and in particular the religion of islam.



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