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Tag Archive: Religious censorship

Jan 22 2012

No Jaipur Literature Festival for you

Yesterday Praveen Swami reported that Local intelligence officials in Rajasthan invented information that hit men were preparing to assassinate eminent author Salman Rushdie in a successful plot to deter him from attending the Jaipur Literature Festival, highly placed police sources have told The Hindu. I didn’t post about it yesterday only because it was a …

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Jan 21 2012

The organisers have refused to hand over the tapes

The police are still policing the writers who read from The Satanic Verses at the Jaipur festival yesterday. A day after author Salman Rushdie made it clear that he would not be coming to India, alleging that he was told that underworld hitmen were out to get him, the raging debate at the Jaipur Literature …

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Jan 20 2012

Muscle v truth and humour

Salman Rushdie stayed away from the Jaipur Literary Festival because of threats. So, defying the organizers of the festival, Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar read from The Satanic Verses, then Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi joined them. And then what happened? According to Stephanie Nolen, South Asia correspondent for the Globe and Mail, who is …

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Jan 19 2012

Are you now or have you ever been an Islamophobe

The UCL Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society put out a statement today. They’re tired of the whole thing and don’t want to talk about it any more. What makes a student society is the ability to be open, foster community and – most importantly – encourage critical debate. The principal objective of our Society is …

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Jan 19 2012

More from the bully boyz

And then we drop in on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK – which is actually not a “youth association” at all because it addresses members as “Brothers,” so clearly it’s only for male youth. Anyway we drop in on it and find its views on how to get more deference and obedience from people …

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Jan 19 2012

History has told us that these things cause offence

The president of UCL’s Atheist, Secularist and Humanist society, Robbie Yellon, has stepped down to be replaced by former vice president Michael Thor. Yellon quit because of all this mishegas about the Jesus and Mo image. “Robbie stepped aside because he signed up as president to organise events and run a student society,” said Michael Paynter, …

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Jan 17 2012

Behold, theocracy in action

Ann Marie Waters on last night at Queen Mary College. This week I was due to give a talk to students at Queen Mary College, London on sharia law and human rights. Rather fittingly – and as if to prove my point – my human rights were quashed by a person demonstrating one of the …

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Jan 17 2012

“If I hear that anything is said against the holy Prophet Muhammad”

Yesterday evening, One Law for All Co-Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters was to speak at a meeting on Sharia Law and Human Rights at the University of London. Maryam continues: It was cancelled by the atheist group organisers after police had to be called in due to Islamist threats. One Islamist filmed everyone at the meeting …

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Jan 17 2012

He annoyed the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past

Now to look at each one in more detail, though not calmly. Protests from “influential Muslim clerics” in India have prompted the organizers of a literary festival in Jaipur to take Salman Rushdie’s name off the list of speakers. He was scheduled to speak at three events during the five day festival. The BBC explains …

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Jan 17 2012

1 shut up. 2 shut up. 3 shut up.

Damn. Things have gone crazy – so crazy that it’s hard to keep up. Just to give you the bare list – Salman Rushdie will miss the opening day of the Jaipur literary festival, organisers say, after protests by influential Muslim clerics in India. A talk on sharia and human rights organised by the Atheism, Secularism …

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