An NPM list member writes:
As has been said already, it IS necessary to define what we mean by progressive Muslim. And that means first defining 'muslim'. I do notbelieve that atheists are Muslims. Sorry. I have lots of friends and comrades who are atheists. I respect them for their work and they style respect me for mine. But they wouldn't pretend to be 'Muslim' or 'Christian' - because they are not. Being Muslim means surrenderingone's self to Allah. If one does not believe that Allah exists, then how does one still call one's self a Muslim. And at least one of the names Isaw on the list of people invited to be on the board is an atheist.