Ex-Muslims have a bad rep. In Muslim circles, those ad hominems fly thick and fast when even mere mention is made of their existence. For example, there are numerous "progressive" Muslim blogs that, while having achieved much respect across the blogosphere, happily take up this more regressive attitude when discussing former Muslims. Alas, many conspiratorial Muslims generally demonise their "fallen" brothers and sisters both in public and in private, as if they were secret agents constantly scheming and plotting away, with each and every one briefed and sent by the devil himself.
But ex-Muslims are people. And most of them are very good, caring people. Many of them have families and friends who remain Muslims, but, of course, still care just as much about them, if not more. And one big reason for ex-Muslims' even deeper empathy with their Muslim families and friends is their worry about what manner of dark alleys the faith will lead them to. Many things can be said about ex-Muslims but at the end of the day, while they may have enduring disputes with central aspects of Islam itself, they are as pro-Muslim as one can get.
This is quite true. When a piece written by one of the contributors to this blog was brought up in a thread at a certain site where a certain Muslim continues to abuse other commenters with impunity, she (this certain ill-mannered, grammatically-challenged Muslim) dismissed the author as, "another apostate flogging a book*".
*As an aside, why is it whenever someone writes a book about their negative experiences with something (like Islam, or in Dawn Eden's case, promiscuity/pre-marital sex), people who disagree think they are somehow discrediting the author by saying, "Oh, you're just trying to make a buck off your book"? As if there is something wrong with wanting to actually sell books! Why shouldn't an author make money from selling their books? It smacks of jealousy that someone would hold that against them.