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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 18 2012

Hoping that we return to the right path

Here is one more of the many emails we get at the Council of Ex-Muslims for you to enjoy. It’s heartwarming, really,  to see all the concern. Here Khalid Najib asks why we don’t all ‘return to the right path’. Err, Khalid, please don’t bother holding your breath. And thanks for asking but no thanks. …

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Feb 17 2012

Join the screaaaammmm

To mark 8 March 2012, International Women’s Day, a Nude Photo Revolutionary calendar is being published in homage to Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, who in November 2011 posted a nude photo (featured) of herself on her blog as ‘screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy’. At a time when women’s rights …

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Feb 16 2012

My nude photo

I just had my photo taken for the Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar today by the brilliant photographer Ben Hopper. It was more difficult than I ever imagined on so many different levels… More on this though when the calendar is launched. If you are interested in submitting a photo in homage to Egyptian atheist Aliaa …

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Feb 15 2012

Do you encounter long delays on my blog?

evilDoug has written to say that he often encounters long delays as my FTB pages load. He says: I don’t have this problem with any of the other FTBs. I’m sorry I can’t provide any clues as to exactly what is happening. Part of the page will load, then it just stops for some time, …

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Feb 14 2012

11 February 2012: An Important Stand for Free Expression

One Law for All held a successful rally in defence of free expression on Saturday 11 February 2012 opposite the Houses of Parliament. Hundreds braved the cold weather to join the rally at Old Palace Yard. The rally followed several incidents in London recently where freedom of expression was curtailed in favour of fear of …

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Feb 14 2012

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Hassan Radwan just sent me a link to the video clip of the Saudi Sheikh Nasser Al Omar crying whilst relating the ‘offence’ that Hamza Kashgari has committed by tweeting about Mohammad, Islam’s prophet. As is expected, the Sheikh quickly gathers his emotions and calls for Hamza’s death. The sheikh’s crocodile tears remind me of …

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Feb 14 2012

There must be more people who want Hamza to live not die

The Facebook page الشعب السعودي يريد القصاص من حمزة كاشغري ‘The Saudi People Demand Ghisas [Retribution] for Hamza Kashgari’ has 22,500 members as of now. And the Free Hamza Kashgari page you ask? 2,500. Facebook sees no problem with the first Facebook page though complaints have been made. It’s ‘their culture’ after all. But a call …

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Feb 13 2012

Freedom for Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari

On 12 February, Malaysian police deported 23 year old Saudi columnist Hamza Kashgari, who fled Saudi Arabia after making comments on Twitter claimed by some to be “insulting” to the prophet Muhammad. There have been widespread calls from Islamists for his execution; in Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is punishable by death. Theocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia …

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Feb 13 2012

INTERPOL, you have done this before…

INTERPOL has issued a statement saying it is not involved in the arrest or deportation of Saudi blogger, Hamza Kashgari: ‘INTERPOL confirms that it has NOT been involved in the case involving a Saudi blogger arrested in Malaysia and deported to Saudi Arabia. No INTERPOL channels, its National Central Bureaus in Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh …

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Feb 12 2012

Malaysia must pay for this and Saudi Arabia too: Hamza must live

Police have confirmed that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests. A friend has emailed to say the Malysian authorities refused to allow a lawyer to talk to him. Malaysia’s home ministry has said that ‘The nature of the charges against the individual in this case are a matter for …

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Feb 12 2012

But you cannot shut us up

It was a good day for free expression. Hundreds turned up in the freezing cold in London to defend it and there were solidarity rallies and actions in various parts of the world. A report will follow soon, including videos on Youtube and photos, but in the meanwhile you can hear the brilliant speakers on the …

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Feb 11 2012

Free Expression Day: Today I go for Hamza, Alex, Asia, Zaniar and Loghman

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I go today to the 11 February Rally in London for Free Expression for all those who cannot be there because of efforts to silence them. Their lives are intertwined with ours and this day is about them more than anything else. It’s about putting people first not religions and beliefs. I hope you will …

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Feb 10 2012

To Human Rights Watch: Separation of religion from state is the most basic guarantee of rights

An Open Letter to Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Dear Kenneth Roth, In your Introduction to Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012, “Time to Abandon the Autocrats and Embrace Rights,” you urge support for the newly elected governments that have brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Tunisia and Egypt. In your …

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Feb 10 2012

In defence of Hamza Kashgari

I’ve received a number of calls and emails asking to help 23 year old Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari. Hamza’s a Muslim who has been forced to flee Saudi Arabia because his Tweets about Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, have been deemed to be offensive and blasphemous by Islamists calling for his head. The Saudi king has personally …

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Feb 09 2012

No to economic sanctions, war threats, and war! Revolution against the Islamic regime of Iran!

The below is a press release of the Worker-communist Party of Iran dated January 26, 2012 on the threats of war and economic sanctions. It says: The real way to fight poverty, misery, threat of war, and the whole present hazardous situation is the expansion of the struggle against the Islamic regime in all arenas, …

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Feb 09 2012

Jesus and Mo counter-demonstration against free expression rally

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Feb 09 2012

Hamza Tzortzis lies again!

Islamist Hamza Tzortzis has been bragging that he is to debate me on the 15 February on his Facebook page. I was more than happy to oblige especially since his gang looked so foolish the last time they tried to debate me at my talk on the Islamic Inquisition in Dublin. Today, though, I was …

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Feb 08 2012

I won’t voluntarily agree to self-censorship

Islamist Inayat Bunglawala says the amount of negative stories is “demonizing” Islam and calls on the government to do all it can to “ensure a fairer portrayal, a more balanced portrayal of the faith of Islam” in the British media when appearing before the Leveson Inquiry (which is looking into increasing government oversight into the …

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Feb 08 2012

Khomeini and the Dustbin

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You know the absurd cardboard cut-outs of Khomeini disembarking a plane to ‘celebrate’ his arrival in Tehran, inspecting the military, and so on (which incidentally heralded the beginning of Islamism’s expropriation of a left-leaning revolution and its slaughter of an entire generation)? Well, here’s a better place for the cut-out. It’s called the dustbin of …

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Feb 07 2012

Religion in power is the end of any form of democratic politics

The below is a section of Maryam’s speech On the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 February 2012: The ‘Arab Spring’ represents a period of revolutions. It’s exciting, isn’t it? People in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya… have rise up against dictatorships. It’s a period of …

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