I'm an Atheist Moslem
I'm an atheist; I don't believe in God, I don't believe in his existence in any materialistic or spiritual way. Yet, I acknowledge the probability of his existence. My belief is my own personal opinion about those 2 probabilities.
I believe in the big boom, and I believe that we don't know a lot of stuff, but that doesn't "necessarily" mean that it's supernatural. It might, It might not. I feel [through experience, life, readings, and way of thinking, as ME] more for the "Might not" option. Very simple.
I believe in trial and error, I believe in proofs. I don't believe in Myths. Although i enjoy reading them, immensely. I enjoyed reading the bible, just as I enjoyed reading Greek and Nordic mythology.
I believe that, even in case God turned out to be a real thing, in any of the old, or new forms, whether the Sun was God, or whether Jesus was the son of God, or whether God was merely light... No God has the right to question my decision to stay honest to what I feel inside, and what I sense outside... and that is exactly what I'm doing.
I, too, consider myself Moslem. I was born to a Moslem family [My Grandfather, his father, his grandfather... were very important religious figures in their sect, although my father turned Marxist, that doesn't change the fact that everyone else in the family is deeply religious], I've lived in a country with an overwhelming majority of Moslems, albeit, most are moderate, but still.. I practiced a lot of the social traditions, I celebrate Eid, I enjoy the culture, I enjoy reading Quran, I enjoy the History, I feel proud to belong to such history. I enjoy a lot of the traditions.
I know very well that I've read about Islamic History more than half of whom they claim themselves as the "Protectors" of this religion.
I am a member of this civilization. I am a member of this culture, I'm not a member of this religion [Islam], but no one, has the right to say I'm not a Moslem. because, Islam, is also a cultural identity.
The Islamic Civilization at its Height, was not only made by Moslems... there were Christians, Jews, Atheists... two of my favorite poets, and probably of the most famous Arab poets in history, are Abu Nawas and Abu al-'Ala' al-Ma'arry. Who are well known Atheists... in the modern sense of the word.
So, yes, I am proud of belonging to this culture, a culture that reached its height by opening up to all currents of thinking.
I might understand, why a Japanese person, with his own mindset, and his stereotypes might not understand that.
But, why is it so hard for us?