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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 15 2011

Beware the curses of angels

According to the Islamic regime of Iran, you better beware if you leave your house wearing perfume….

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Nov 15 2011

The EU, like Sharia courts, doesn’t want women to speak up

A few days ago, Ophelia Benson blogged about Gulnaz, the Afghan women jailed for 12 years after being raped in Afghanistan. On the day, I was asked to do an interview on it by SKY TV but couldn’t as I had to pick up my 6 year old from school. Since then, I have been …

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Nov 14 2011

The far-Right and Islamism: Two sides of one coin

The Norwegian far-Right extremist Anders Behring Brevik who murdered 77 people in cold-blood in July had his first public hearing today. As I’ve said before whilst the far-Right targets Islamism, they are both two sides of the same coin.

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Nov 14 2011

Facebook and Salman Rushdie

Ophelia Benson reports that Facebook de-activated Salman Rushdie’s account but has now re-activated it, though it initially asked him to call himself Ahmed Rushdie. I’m not surprised.

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Nov 14 2011

The hijab is not cultural, it’s compulsory!

Have you noticed how they are always able to ‘compromise’ when it comes to women’s rights? Well at least that’s what they call it. According to FIFA, the Football Federation, the hijab is cultural, thereby allowing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s women footballers to participate in the Olympics.

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Nov 13 2011

Why we rejected Islam: In solidarity with Arab-speaking athiests and agnostics

Here’s a video of those who have rejected Islam speaking in solidarity with Arab-speaking atheists and agnostics:

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Nov 12 2011

Yes, to Hitch

PZ recently posted a touching video of testimonials saluting Christopher Hitchens. Below is a letter we sent him from the Council of Ex-Muslims some while back and his response:

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Nov 11 2011

You can do something else for a few hours; site being upgraded tonight

Freethoughtblogs is being upgraded tonight starting at 10pm Eastern Time and will take 2-3 hours to complete; there may still be some intermittent problems that will need to be fixed. Hopefully things will be running smoothly soon. This should give you all a couple of hours to do something else?

Nov 11 2011

Sharia and Children, A Secular World, and Passion for Freedom

22 November 2011: Seminar on Sharia and Children Act On 22 November, One Law for All will host a seminar on sharia law and the Children Act. In the first examination of its kind, One Law for All will claim that there is a real danger that children, within Muslim communities, are at risk of …

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Nov 11 2011

Alert: Do not accept any invites from ‘Pak Falcons’

Hassan Radwan just sent this warning: ‘Invites to an event called ‘Gift from Pak Falcons’ is being sent around to many Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain members.

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Nov 11 2011

A real passion for freedom!

One Law for All’s third edition art competition and exhibition held during 29 October – 5 November at Unit 24 Gallery in London was a huge success bringing together a shortlisted group of international artists addressing controversial topics such as female genital mutilation, executions of gays in Iran, censorship and the veil via painting, drawing, …

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Nov 11 2011

100 lashes for buttock squeeze or for not dying laughing?

The Islamophobia watch police have been busy criticising French weekly Charlie Hebdo for poking fun at Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, rather than condemning the firebombing of its offices for daring to speak about Islam. The ‘offending’ cover had Mohammad saying ’100 lashes if you don’t die laughing’. This they found completely inappropriate. However, around the same …

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Nov 10 2011

Will you shut down Press TV already?

In June this year, I spoke on yet another panel on Islam. One of the other panellists was Lauren Booth (former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law who has become a Muslim – err I mean Islamist).

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Nov 10 2011

It’s not rocket science: you can be against war on Iran and also the regime and its nuclear bomb!

Sections of the far-Right in the Israeli government and US administration as well as some western states have started threatening war on Iran over the nuclear issue. The Islamic regime has in turn threatened back. War or any Israeli government military action will only benefit the most reactionary elements in the west and Israel on …

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Nov 09 2011

Forget religion, it’s the army that sets moral standards?!

The former head of the British Army is offering us a ‘way forward for rebuilding a society based on values and virtues’, according to Elizabeth Hunter, director of Theos. 

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Nov 09 2011

Love not Hate, Charlie Hebdo’s Brilliant Response

Thanks to Olav for sending me the cover of this week’s edition of Charlie Hebdo, the French publication firebombed last week for mocking Mohammad, Islam’s prophet. In this week’s issue, the publication is printing messages of solidarity including mine. The cover says Love is Stronger than Hate.

Nov 08 2011

Religious principles are not height of morality but immorality! On faith schools

Here is a short video clip on faith schools and religious morality from a programme I was on a while ago. Love Richard Dawkins’ intervention in the end on apostasy…

Nov 08 2011

Simplicity is killing us…

In September 2011, I spoke at a meeting on Sharia law in Copenhagen, Denmark organised by the Danish atheists. The discussion was on sharia law but as in most talks on the issue, I also dealt extensively with the far-Right, the racist scapegoating and blaming of immigrants and Muslims for the crimes of Islamism and …

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Nov 08 2011

I have chosen to speak up

Here are some testimonies from atheist ex-Muslims: I left Islam at 16. I am at university now, but I am still “in the closet” about my atheism, worried about the reaction it would get from religious family members and friends. I still have to pretend to pray and wear the hijab. This has been frustrating, …

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Nov 07 2011

Finally, a more woman-friendly Koranic verse (it had to be made up though)

You have all read or know of the famous Koranic verse or sura al-Nisa (The Women), which basically speaks of the ‘excellent’ status of women under Islam. It says things like how a women is worth half that of a man and that’s it’s alright to beat a disobedient woman (spare me any comments on …

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