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Tag Archive: Maajid Nawaz

Mar 29 2014

Sayeeda Warsi disappoints Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan interviews Sayeeda Warsi for the Huffington Post. Given her work on Islamic finance issues, does she see herself as a Muslim minister, an advocate on behalf of Muslims within the government? “I am a British minister in the British cabinet who happens to be of the Muslim faith. I am not elected, as …

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Feb 15 2014

Their self-congratulatory image of brave “speakers of truth to power”

Nick Cohen points out the very important difference between saying you are not showing a cartoon character named Mo out of respect, and saying you are not showing a cartoon character named Mo because you are afraid to. When the BBC interviewed the artist behind Jesus and Mo, its editors told him privately they could not …

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Feb 09 2014

A new generation of anti-colonial politicized youth

More from Maajid Nawaz’s book Radical. From Chapter 9, “12,000 Muslims Screaming ‘Khilafah‘!” He’s talking about how HT was able to have so much success at Newham college, having won election to all the Student Union posts. We disguised our political demands behind religion and multiculturalism, and deliberately labeled any objection to our demands as …

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Feb 02 2014

Why Chris and Abhishek wore the Jesus and Mo T shirts

The coverage of the controversy over Maajid Nawaz and Jesus & Mo has done a consistently bad job of getting right the part about how and why Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis wore their J & M T shirts on The Big Questions and why they unzipped their jackets to reveal them toward the end …

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Jan 31 2014

Challenging power is “offensive”

A terrific article by Kenan Malik on Channel 4′s contemptible decision to throw Maajid Nawaz under the bus by siding with the “offended” brigade. ‘Thank you @Channel4News you just pushed us liberal Muslims further into a ditch’. So tweeted Maajid Nawaz, prospective Liberal Democratic parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, last night. He had every right to …

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Jan 30 2014

The real problem? He dresses too well

That 5pillarz place has another post about the Sinz of Maajid Nawaz, this one outdoing all the others I’ve seen in wit and polish and elegant subtlety of thought. Maajid Nawaz believes in the right to offend. Well so do I, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih. And that’s why today I’m calling him a donkey (apologies in …

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Jan 29 2014

Guest post by Chris Muir: Must We Burn Maajid Nawaz?

Chris Muir reviews Maajid Nawaz’s memoir Radical. There’s no getting around it. The Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Maajid Nawaz, is a controversial guy. Described by Muslim crackpot Anjem Choudary as a ‘traitor to the faith’ and suggested to be a secret Islamist by Christian crackpot Glenn Beck, it’s clear he has …

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Jan 29 2014

The jargon of authenticity

Stephen Evans of the National Secular Society writes an excellent open letter to Channel 4 about the Black Egg censorship of the image of Mo, sending it via the Huffington Post UK. We were surprised and extremely disappointed to see that Channel 4 News took the decision to cover up the image of Mohammed when …

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Jan 28 2014

We’ve taken the decision

Now for some video that’s not Pete Seeger singing. Channel 4 did a piece on Maajid Nawaz and Jesus and Mo and Mo Shafiq this evening. And what did they do in the process? They covered up Mo.

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Jan 28 2014

Maajid explains his reasons

At Comment is Free. Muslims are not one homogenous tribe requiring representation through a Citizen Khan-like community leader. Neither are we still colonial subjects who must speak through our Brown Sahibs. We Muslims are free. Our prophet left no heir. We have never had a pope or a clergy. We are commanded to worship God alone, and …

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