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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 15 2011

Islam’s abominations are too obvious for you to excuse

I have now posted the full video of the 8 December UCL debate on ‘Sharia law negates human rights’. You’ve already read about handshake-gate but there is a lot more to say on this. What took place at the debate is nothing new. Our opponents, Ayyaz Mahmood and Jonathan Butterworth, were quick to brush aside …

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Dec 15 2011

Debate: Sharia law negates human rights

Here’s the video of the debate at UCL on 8 December 2011 entitled Sharia Law Negate Human Rights: (Thanks to Richard Francis for videotaping and uploading.)

Dec 15 2011

What needs to be done at every execution

This is exactly what needs to be done with every execution: ‘Capital punishment is the state’s terminology for murder. Individuals murder each other, but states sentence individuals to ‘capital punishment.’ The demand to end capital punishment and prohibit murder stems from opposition to intentional, deliberate and planned murder of one by the other. That a …

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Dec 15 2011

I have evidence!

How do I know you’ve taken on a second wife without even consulting me? Here’s the evidence! Or is that…? (Via Facebook)

Dec 15 2011

They deserve it! They defied culture and religion!

Indonesian sharia police arrested more than 60 youth at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, and forced them to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray (definitely not the same as my extending a handshake in case you were wondering). Now there are …

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Dec 14 2011

Reminder: Call for submissions for Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar in support of Egyptian student, atheist and blogger, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 20, who posted nude photos of herself on her blog to show her ‘screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy’. As I mentioned before, there …

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Dec 14 2011

It’s his culture; he can’t shake your hand

‘It’s his culture; he can’t shake hands with women.’ That’s what the student from the Ahmadiyya Youth Association came to say to me before last week’s debate on Sharia law negating human rights at the UCL. ‘It isn’t personal’ I was told but Ayazz Mahmood of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim University of Theology and Languages …

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Dec 14 2011

More hellfire waiting just for you if you celebrate Christmas

Islamist Anjem Choudary says ‘Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas.’ And Deacon Fred, the pastor of the Landover Baptist Church, says: ‘Jesus will roast unsaved …

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Dec 13 2011

The hijab feels hot but hell is hotter!

The HijabiBengaliSisters have made a video called ‘I Hate the Hijab!’ where they respond to reasons given for not wearing the veil. Of course they go out of their way to say that their aim is not to put pressure on unveiled ‘sisters’ but they merely want to help Muslim (and non-Muslim) women dress more …

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Dec 13 2011

Yes I’m intolerant – as we all should be

Here’s an interview I did when I was visiting Iceland some years back. It addresses the banning of the burka, intolerance and racism, fundamentalist versus ‘moderate’ Islam, why we need an ex-Muslim movement and the Islamic holocaust: (Via Reza Moradi on Youtube)

Dec 13 2011

La ilaha: There is no god

Islamist thugs came to intimidate a meeting at which Irshad Manji was speaking. Manji considers herself a Muslim reformist; she’s not even an apostate. Or maybe, in the world according to them, she is. This is exactly what I mean when I say we are living under an Islamic inquisition. When religion is in political …

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Dec 13 2011

Free Reza Shahabi now

Labour activist Reza Shahabi who was arrested 18 months ago has been on hunger strike since 22 days ago in protest against his tenuous situation in prison. As a result, his health has rapidly deteriorated and he is at risk of paralysis. According to news published by the Committee to Free Reza Shahabi, he was …

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Dec 12 2011

They smell your breath, lest you had uttered ‘I love you’

Here is a wonderful poem, In this Dead-end, by Ahmad Shamlou: They smell your breath, lest you had uttered ‘I love you’. They smell your heart! Strange times are these my dear. They flog love at a roadblock corner. Love is better off hidden in a closet at home. In this crooked dead-end of twisting …

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Dec 12 2011

Islam is the most horrible thing I have experienced in my life

Nazanin, a friend of mine, who now lives in Europe, was imprisoned and raped by the Islamic regime in Iran for opposing veiling. She says: ‘Islam to me is the most horrible thing I have experienced in my life.’ I’ll second that. Here’s her testimony:

Dec 12 2011

Beheading is not real Islam or Sharia!?

According to a Saudi Interior Ministry statement, a woman, Amina Bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was beheaded today in the northern province of Jawf for ‘practising witchcraft and sorcery’. Yes beheaded and yes for witchcraft and sorcery. Oh but according to the Ahmadiyyas who I debated last Thursday (and which I will be blogging about later today), …

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Dec 11 2011

One must even decapitate with respect…

Here’s a mullah giving his weekly sermon. To paraphrase him: Good words and morality are important. [Yada yada yada.] If we want to tell the UN or the world one verse from the Koran it must be the verse that says ‘treat everyone well.’ [Blah, blah, blah.] Even when imam Ali was decapitating his enemy, …

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Dec 10 2011

Even male urine purer than female urine – who knew?

Even male urine is purer than female urine. Who knew? A Koranic scientist – that’s who. Ignore the oxymoron to learn the ‘science’ behind it: (Via Iain Simpson on Facebook)

Dec 09 2011

Dawkins guest-edit New Statesman Christmas issue

In a 100-page special issue, the evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Richard Dawkins guest-edits the Christmas double issue of the New Statesman. I have a piece in there about Islam and freedom of expression. Here’s more information on it.

Dec 08 2011

The absurdity of debating Sharia law

I find it absurd that tonight – and for the umpteenth time – I must argue that Sharia law negates human rights at a ‘debate’. It reminds me of my ‘debates’ with campaigners at a women’s rights meeting more than 20 years ago. They kept excusing FGM as a cultural matter that needed to be …

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Dec 07 2011

On Ashura: If the shoe fits…

Yesterday was Ashura. It marks the death of Hussain in Karbala. I still have nightmares of this yearly event, where people take to the street and self-flagellate. It’s a blood fest and children are often involved. Obviously whilst people have a right to religion and to observe religious ceremonies, however stupid, the violent and inhuman …

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