Documentary on “ex-Muslims” sparks contentious debate at Portland State

An anonymous note which read, “Atheist Islamophobia is not okay” was left in the display case for the event.

Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into an Ohio State jihad attack. h/t Jihad Watch who writes:

The film is about Muslims being victimized, and the knee-jerk reaction of Leftist and Islamic supremacist students at Portland State University is that this makes Muslims victims. The plight of the ex-Muslims depicted in the film is lost in the brouhaha.

Source: Documentary on “ex-Muslims” sparks contentious debate at Portland State – The Ex-Muslim

On Nov. 23, over 60 people attended the screening of Islam’s Non-Believers at Portland State University. The documentary film featured the personal testimonies of ex-Muslims who have faced death threats, severe abuse and ostracization from their communities for leaving Islam. The film’s director, Deeyah Khan, is a Muslim and human rights activist.

The event was hosted by secular humanist student group, Freethinkers of PSU.

Controversy surrounded the event in the weeks leading up to the screening. Some students found the event insensitive given the political climate, while others thought the event promoted discrimination. In the glass display case for Freethinkers, a note was left which read, “Atheist Islamophobia is not okay.” Across campus, many flyers for the event were vandalized or torn down.

In response to the backlash, two ex-Muslim women featured in the documentary issued statements which were read or shown at the screening. “I hope you realize that discriminating against ex-Muslims is not an excuse to validate your savior complex,” Rayhana said in a pre-recorded video message.

Sadia sent Freethinkers of PSU a written statement. It read in part, “Islam’s Non-Believers was such an important documentary because for the first time ex-Muslims have been given a face and a voice. It has made us human.”

Despite the controversy leading up to the event, the screening proceeded without any disruptions. Dr. Peter Boghossian, professor of philosophy at PSU, facilitated a group discussion after the film ended.

One Muslim woman in attendance objected to the narrative presented in the film. “The punishment for apostasy in the Qur’an is not death,” she said. “The Qur’an is written in Arabic and most people from Bangladesh, India and other parts don’t speak Arabic.” Two native Arabic speakers later challenged this assertion when they recited several Qur’anic verses which can be interpreted as prescribing death for those who reject God.


Read it all at the link above and/or watch the documentary below the fold, courtesy of IslamWatch.

3 Responses

  1. The ex-muslim woman in this video is extremely courageous to speak out publicly! We need thousands more just like her! I hope Pres-Elect Trump invites her to the White House in two or three months to speak on national TV to all of her former muslim associates and friends! It only takes a spark to get a fire going–the fire of TRUTH! We need to EXPOSE islam for the TOTAL PACK OF LIES that it is!!!!!

  2. I agree. We need to make it SAFE for moslems to do so. After Trump has his feet on the ground we may see more of this. Also gives us insight into the moslem in America’s mind(sic).

  3. If you want to leave, you must leave your head behind.If you are dead we want your body as an evidence.Total obedient is observed no objection.That is why politic mixed with cult belief becomes a big powder keg.

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