No, it’s not about what you think.
She quotes a short letter they received that quite literally made me cry:
“I am an ex Muslim living in Kenya. I am in the closet because if I go public I will lose my job, my children, my security and even my life. Would you please advice and assist me.”
This person went on to say that the only option xi sees is asylum in a more liberal country. As Ophelia points out, The Apostasy Project is currently unable to assist with asylum.
And that pisses me the fuck off. Not at The Apostasy Project, mind you. They are blameless in this. What pisses me the fuck off is that we apparently don’t have asylum assistance.
And I’m not okay with that.
I am not rich.
Indeed, I am poor.
I am also not a very good writer, especially of proposals.
But I do not care how much red tape has to be cut, or how many forms have to signed.
I don’t care who has to be asked, nor do I care how long it will take. I desperately need your help to put this together. I need people who can write proposals, lawyers, and people with money. I need people with connections to government.
We, atheists, need an asylum project. This person, and all the people out there in similar situations, need this. They should have an organization they can reach out to for actual help with their fucking lives.
I beg all of you.
Help me. Let’s do this. Let’s create a way for those who need asylum because of their godlessness to get it. let’s do this together. It’ll mean putting aside differences and being willing to potentially work alongside some you do not like. It will mean putting the lives of those oppressed ahead of yourself. But I really, desperately want this to happen.
I know it won’t be easy. I know getting asylum is ever so much harder than giving support, and money, and other resources. But that is no excuse to not work for something like this. This is something we can all do. This is something we can do as atheists, in solidarity with atheists.
Please help this person. Please help all of them.
Please. Help me to do this.
I’m begging you.