A crowd of about 100 people of mixed gender, age and ethnicity gradually filled the space to celebrate the end of 2015. Everybody seemed to be in a joyful spirit despite a tough year for the members of the Council of the Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and many of the ex-Muslims worldwide. I was told that Richard Dawkins may be joining them as he has done so in the previous years, always bringing a message of hope and encouragement to the Council’s members who are fighting on multiple fronts. But this year Mr Dawkins’ trip to Stockholm prevented him from attending. As the speakers were lining up to deliver their talks and report on their various activities throughout the year, Dawkins’ text message arrived and was read to everyone by the MC of the evening, an Iranian born ex-Muslim who has been with the Council since its humble beginnings about eight years ago. Professor AC Grayling, another moral supporter and intellectual patron of the Council, whose books have been inspirational to many of the members gave the opening speech. He acknowledged the Council’s efforts in 2015 for spreading the message, the hardship they had to endure, not just in England but worldwide as new Councils have opened up in other countries in the face of fierce opposition and threats.