2017 was a year full of momentous occasions and numerous ‘firsts’ for CEMSG.
Particularly, we got out there and collaborated on our first give-back to society event with HPHP where we brought elderly folks out on a trip to Sentosa. We formed connections and alliances with other associations, participated in our first ever presentation in a dialogue with Muslims held by EIF and had our very own Hari Raya Open House with many members of the group meeting each other for the first time.
That being said, the apostasy movement in Singapore continues to be an increasing phenomenon here, with more Muslims coming forth and leaving Islam. We are a growing community of ex-Muslims with a unique set of shared experiences. Our group membership grew by 20% in the second half of 2017 alone and this is set to continue.
We would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our stance of non-conversion and freedom of religion.
Our stance of non-conversion means that we do not in any way work towards trying to apostatize Muslims from Islam. On the contrary, we believe that belief is a matter of personal choice and a journey and eventual decision one must make by him or herself. We are first and foremost a support group for Muslims who have already chosen to leave Islam on their own accord.
Our stance in support of freedom of religion means that we are for the idea that one should be able to choose his or her own set of beliefs without ostracisation, stigmatisation and other social repercussions usually involved in the process of leaving Islam.
The year 2018 brings with it the opportunity to form new friendships with both Muslim and non-Muslim associations alike , generate greater awareness on the existence and plight of ex-Muslims particularly in Singapore and most certainly contribute to the intricate and diverse tapestry of religions and races that makes up the Singapore identity.
Here’s to a great year ahead, everyone.
CEMSG (Council Of Ex-Muslims of Singapore)