On 15 September 2011
Syed Rizvi wrote:
In a country where most people cannot complete a sentence without invoking God’s name.
In a country where one cannot carry out an intellectual discourse on religion and philosophy without being accused of committing blasphemy.
In a country where without any authorization from its government an individual can carry out the death sentence of a blasphemer with full public support.
An appearance of a site like e-paa.org was unthinkable.
I believe, and I hope, this site serves as an open forum like the New Age Islam does, by addressing issues that relate to the Muslim community where some may want to associate themselves with Islamic culture rather than the religion of Islam
The above sentiments are described well in the following lines on page 6 of The Quotable Atheist by Jack Huberman
"From the age of five or six I was an agnostic, At twelve I became a staunch atheist.... But [Muslim culture] has enriched my life. ... The historian Isaac Deutscher used to refer to himself as a non-Jewish Jew, identifying himself with a long tradition of intellectual scepticism, symbolized by Spinoza, Freud, and Marx. I have ... on occasion describe myself as non-Muslim Muslim."
Tariq Ali (1943 - ), Pakistani-born British historian, journalist, film maker, antiwar activist, atheist. Grew up in a communist family in Lahore)