For years, ex-Muslims have been dismissed as a fringe phenomenon that wouldn’t gain any traction or influence. In 2018, we knew that nothing could be further from the truth. A young Saudi ex-Muslim woman, Rahaf Al-Qunun, escaped her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait, and fled to Thailand, en route to Australia where she planned to apply for asylum. Thai authorities detained her, ready to ship her back to her family, where she would face almost certain death. When she started tweeting about her situation, it took less than 24 hours for her story to become a media firestorm. The world’s ex-Muslim community—more united than ever—brought mass attention to the story in real time, leading to features in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and CNN. Even Muslim supporters like Mona Eltahawy and new US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted their support. Today, Rahaf has been declared a refugee by the UNHCR and is on the way to freedom. In the last year, we’re seeing the ex-Muslim movement breaking through like never before. Prominent celebrities of Muslim heritage like Zayn Malik and Jameela Jamil have announced their dissociation from religion. There are more conferences, more organizations, and more individuals speaking out anonymously. We review this amazing year and look to 2019 to keep the fire burning. Watch our conversation.