“I am an Arab. I am also an atheist. Because of that, I had to flee my native Morocco.”

images-1By coming out of the ‘religious closet’ and admitting that he is an atheist, Kacem al-Ghazzali was threatened with death – the punishment under Islam for blasphemy.

Free Arabs  At a UN Human Rights Council meeting, famed Arab atheist Kacem al-Ghazzal offered his listeners a brief account of his life after coming out of the religious closet; his public admission of atheism in 2010 shook the world around him, resulting in outraged demonstrations, secret interrogations, and uncountable death threats. Fearing his safety, al-Ghazzali fled his home in Morocco and sought asylum in Switzerland, where he currently resides.