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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 30 2012

گفتگو با مریم نمازی: “زن ضد دین” و “فتواهای سکولار

Here’s an interview in Farsi in this week’s International entitled “This anti-religion woman” and “secular fatwas”. You can read it here.

Jun 28 2012

There is some sanity after all

A German court has said that a child’s right to physical integrity trumps religious and parental rights in a case involving a doctor who carried out a circumcision on a four year-old that led to medical complications. The decision, which is not binding, has caused ‘outrage’ amongst religious groups. By the way, the decision – …

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Jun 28 2012

Actually it’s the same old same old

The Muslim Brotherhood has hailed Morsi’s narrow win of Egypt’s presidential election as the ‘start of a new era‘. It’s actually same old same old. Egyptians were given the [non] ‘choice’ between Mubarak’s former general and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which were there to bring an end to the revolution that has changed much …

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Jun 27 2012

I’ll be on Aljazeera’s The Stream tonight

Al Jazeera’s social media-driven show, The Stream, will be speaking with Richard Dawkins on atheism, religion and culture tonight. It goes live at 19:30 GMT (8:30 p.m. in London). I’ll be participating in a Google+ Hangout panel which can ask Dawkins questions and make comments. I’ve never used Google+ before but hopefully I’ll be able to …

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Jun 26 2012

I could have told you that for free

Did you hear about Islington social services paying over £8,000 for a consultant to travel to Africa to investigate whether they should send a boy in their care to the Congo for an exorcism?! I could have told them NO! and for free. The consultant – who actually accepted the job – was told that …

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Jun 25 2012

An unnecessary provocation?

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s fifth anniversary celebration was absolutely fantastic. Here’s my speech. Thank you for joining us on the fifth anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB). People often ask why ex-Muslim? Is it not an unnecessary provocation? Provocation, yes, but unnecessary, no. Islamists tell us this all the time. …

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Jun 22 2012

Beware of those who hide behind ‘choice’

I find that people often hide behind ‘choice’ in order to defend their position. But that to me is a cop-out. I think it’s always better to start with principle. You’re less likely to go wrong. Do I support the US bombing of Iran? Do I support the veil? Do I support religion? The death …

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Jun 22 2012

Post your messages of support for Council of ex-Muslims here

Messages of support to mark 5th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Final Updated 28 June 2012 As you know, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is celebrating its 5th anniversary on 23 June. We’re asking people to attend the fundraiser luncheon if they can, donate, and send messages of support to mark …

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Jun 21 2012

It’s on Saturday

Join us to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on Saturday 23 June 2012 from 13.00-16.00hours in London. There is still space so book your tickets today if you can join us! Speakers and acts include: Renowned Philosopher AC Grayling Writer and Documentary-maker Gita Sahgal Comedian Kate Smurthwaite Theoretical Physicist …

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Jun 20 2012

You’re on the wrong side

I was recently criticised for ‘picking on Iran’. Well, yes if you side with the Iranian regime, or don’t see anything wrong with it, then my opposing it may seem this way to you. It is all about taking sides really. The same applies to the discussion we are having here on the veil. You …

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Jun 19 2012

Simple!

In response to my post explaining the ex in ex-Muslim, Mr. A Kundi‏ or @adnzafar says on Twitter: @MaryamNamazie then don’t say ‪#exmuslims‬. then there will be no killings. Simple! Simple for who? The defenders of Islamism are always on the ready to blame Islam’s victims for its crimes. All you need to do to …

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Jun 19 2012

The veil must be opposed

I’m posting this speech of mine on the veil here for the pro-veil lobby. I’ll be sure to respond to comments in detail once the CEMB fundraiser is over. Bahar a young woman living in Germany wrote: When you see me on the street I am veiled but do not think I am a Muslim. …

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Jun 19 2012

The veil a choice? Hardly!

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ENTRY UPDATED and incorrect photo replaced with a video made by Reza Moradi and a quote from Mansoor Hekmat: For those who are in love with the veil and keep going on about how it’s a ‘right’ and ‘choice’, here’s a video just for you. Someone definitely forgot to tell the child it was her …

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Jun 19 2012

20 June: Join 28 cities in support of political prisoners in Iran

For the last thirty three years, the Islamic Regime in Iran has robbed Iranian citizens of their most basic human rights in order to stay in power. The slightest criticism of the government is met with immediate arrest, unspeakable torture and even execution. Tens of thousands of men and women including juveniles as young as …

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Jun 19 2012

We can’t forget

I am off in the morning to attend Iran Tribunal, the International People’s Court being held this week in London to try the Islamic Republic of Iran for its crimes during the 1980s, the bloody decade. You can see the hearing live from 9.30am-5.30pm GMT here. A good friend of mine, Mersedeh Ghaedi, whose two …

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Jun 18 2012

Why the ‘Ex’ in Ex-Muslims

The wonderful author, activist (and friend) Taslima Nasrin writes the following in her message to the Council of Ex-Muslims to mark its 5th anniversary: I congratulate British ex-Muslims for their bravery. Even though I do not consider myself an ex-Muslim because I was never really a Muslim or a believer, I feel close to Maryam Namazie …

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Jun 16 2012

CEMB is an organisation that must be defended

Dear friend You may have heard that Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for saying ‘There is no god’ on Facebook. The Council of Ex-Muslims condemns the sentence and demands that Alex be immediately and unconditionally released. He has done nothing wrong. Help us oppose his …

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Jun 14 2012

Islam hasn’t been tarnished; humanity has

30 year old atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison and fined today, Thursday, for posting ‘there is no god’ on Facebook and being critical of Islam. He was found guilty of “deliberately spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity” under the Electronic Information and Transactions law. Aan …

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Jun 13 2012

Next!

2012-06-13

A new Jesus and Mo. There have been a lot of hurt religious sentiments recently. It’s such a shame.                                 (via Fame at Last)

Jun 13 2012

Defending Rasheed

Ismail ‘Hilath’ Rasheed, a Maldivian blogger, journalist and free speech advocate, has been brutally attacked near his home on 4 June 2012. His throat was slit through the trachea and he survived only because a vital artery was missed by millimetres. He is recovering. Whilst police are still investigating, it is believed to be the …

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