Muslim Apostasy in Canada

In many Muslim-majority countries, renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death. But even in the liberal West, some ex-Muslims continue to fear leaving their faith. Although reformists point to the Qur’anic ruling,”there is no compulsion in religion,” they hide their disbelief or risk being ostracized by their families and the wider ummah (community) of believers. In extreme cases they believe their status as “apostates of the faith” puts them in danger. Simon Cottee, a senior lecturer in criminology at Kent University, England., interviewed 35 former Muslims in Britain and Canada as part of the first major sociological study of ex-Muslims in the west. He based this piece on fieldwork in Canada.

“…Halima, who asked that her real name not be used, has good reason for concern.

“There was a lot of pressure to be completely religious,” she says of her childhood. And any and all deviations were vigorously punished.

She remembers one incident in particular.

“There was a tear in a page and my father assumed I’d ripped it,” she says. “He got my hand — and put it on the stove.”

After a teacher noticed the burn, the Children’s Aid Society interviewed her parents, who said it was an accident. CAS didn’t pursue the matter, but this did little to placate her father, who castigated her for bringing “kaffirs” (unbelievers) into the house.”

  • k

    Good man. Thanks Ezra for ALL you DO!

    • k

      whoops! wrong article

      On the apostasy thing though.
      Many young Muslims would like to have the freedoms that other cultures in Canada allow their young ones. It is too bad the Muslim clerics can not get together and bring this religion into the current century. I feel at such a loss for these young Muslim kids who want to embrace feminism, democracy, freedom of speech to challenge prevailing ideas (although Cdn’s are curbing that one at the moment), be able to marry someone outside their religion.

      • Islam is the problem. Time may be on our side but there will be a lot of damage done in the world before it is ever reformed.

        • Blacksmith

          Islam is a death cult that thrills on hate, rape, slavery and torture.

  • Why remain in a religion that would let a father hurt his kid like that?

    • Any number of reasons I imagine, fear being No. 1

    • Blacksmith

      There needs to be a better support system for those who try to free themselves. there needs to be a lot of push back against this death cult. Until we remove the leftist appologizers it won’t happen.

      • As long as you have people who maintain that political multiculturalism is a resounding success and various other leftist annoyances, there will be no support for people who want to leave or for people who want reform.

  • CMH

    Politically correct fear of offending islam is alive and thriving in Canada where the Jihad against implementation of social programs against the various forms of (honor/ideological) killing are currently prohibited. Support Pam in Edmonton now or we risk becoming as viciously immoral as the UK is. Even if freedom wins in Edmonton the takeover of our society by Jihad will continue unabated province by province. The moderates will not be behind us.

  • Islam is a giant system built on fear.

    My thesis “Islam is Fear” details how it works.

    Here is a link and a small portion of the beginning. It is worth a read.

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!