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Former Muslims Address Islam on Capitol Hill
by Alicia M. Cohn
The Muslim call to prayer was heard on Capitol Hill Friday, Sept. 25 at the "Day of Islamic Unity" in Washington, D.C., but the day before, former Muslims announced that they do not feel safe announcing they have left the faith, even in the United States.
According to Nonie Darwish, author of "Now They Call Me Infidel" and one of the founding members of new organization Former Muslims United, there are thousands of apostate Muslims "in hiding" across the U.S. Darwish also said that the number of Muslims leaving Islam is increasing because there is a new generation of Muslim Americans "who are revolting against their parents' radical Islamist views."
Darwish's appearance came the day before the "Islam on Capitol Hill" event which – though touted as expecting a crowd of 50,000 or more – was only attended by about 3,000. Darwish said that the launch of Former Muslims United was not planned to coincide with the event. "They have the right to gather and express their views, and we have the right to gather and express our views," she said.
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