21 – Sarah Haider – Writer, Activist, Founder of Ex-Muslims Of North America (Episode Co-Hosted by Sarah Nicholson)

Sarah Haider – Writer, Activist, Founder of Ex-Muslims Of North America (Episode Co-Hosted by Sarah Nicholson)

Sarah Haider is an American writer, speaker, and activist. Born in Pakistan and raised in Texas, Sarah spent her early youth as a practicing Shia Muslim. In her late-teens, she began to read the Quran critically and left religion soon after.

In 2013, she co-founded Ex-Muslims of North America, where she advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and works to create local support communities for those who have left Islam. In addition to atheism, Sarah is particularly passionate about civil liberties and women’s rights.

This episode has Sarah Haider fearlessly discussing Islam in the modern world. Sarah Nicholson (who was the guest in episode #01 of this podcast), co-hosts this episode. The two Sarahs find common ground between fundamental Christianity and Islam as they talk about and try to understand the issues these religions pose in our political and social circles. With her unique perspective, Sarah Haider discusses whether such a rigid religion can be reformed, and what the mainstream beliefs look like within Islam.

Further topics include trying to reclaim a feminism that represents universal equality, the current mixing of liberal values, religious conservatism, and finding out what it means for a woman to truly be free and equal. They discuss the beliefs about modesty and sexual ownership reinforced by religion, and the ways women are brainwashed to welcome oppression.

Understanding the discomfort and sensitivity around the topic of Islam, Sarah Haider gets to the core of why racism is used to stop conversation and where the true victims of political correctness lie. She presents important changes to public discourse to support these necessary dialogs while also using her foundation to help with the real – and exclusive – dangers that face those who choose to leave Islam.

Website: www.exmna.org

Twitter: @exmuslimsofna and @sarahthehaider

Ex-Muslims of North America YouTube Channel

Sarah Haider’s interview with Sam HarrisLeaving Islam

Seth Andrew’s podcast about Islam and Women

Video – Sarah Haider: Ex-Muslim

Podcast YouTube Channel

Music – Original Composition by Esther Nicholson

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson