To everyone reading my introduction
Koonjane meaning hello from South Africa.
I am a fifty year old divorced father living with two children, a feisty teenage daughter and a "special" son of 19 years who suffers from severe cerebral palsy.
A couple of years ago I "deconverted" from Islam to become an "informed atheist".
When I look back I could never understand how a person like me who loves the rational and logical aspects of life could have lived for such a long time as a fundamentalist Muslim following my heart instead of my head.
Here in South Africa I’ve been through the period of a brutal apartheid era where human dignity was eroded to an unimaginable level.
We have emerged from this nightmare to come together in a peaceful manner to produce a constitution that is regarded as one of the most liberal and progressive in the world.
Yet the populace of South Africa is still steeped deep in religious dogma that is serving as a hindrance and braking from allowing South Africa to become a leading nation in guiding the world.
This is my duty. To help ensure our constitutional guidance is applied with the vigour it deserves.
Personally, I am the happiest man in the world. Why? Because I am comfortable with who I am, knowing that my view of life is based on rationalism and logic and this allows me a reason to defend my comfort.