Who is allah?

Who is allah?

Your poor unsuspecting children can find out for the bargain price of $1.82.

This book is designed to help parents and teachers in their efforts to encourage young children to ask questions and to assist them in exploring answers together. It makes the sharing of a basic knowledge of Islam simple, clear and enjoyable. This lays the foundation on which greater understanding can be built and learning enriched as young students grow older. And, whatever our age, reviewing the basic in this way can be very beneficial, in that it re-kindles our awareness and glad acceptance of the beautiful message and wondrous knowledge of Islam: we are then the better able share our renewed enthusiasm with others. May you benefit greatly from reading this book.

Whilst the book pays lip service to children asking questions and exploring, which is very useful for the pro-religious education lobby, it has the requisite veiling of girls (which is child abuse in my opinion, the sexualisation of girls at a young age and a physical and constant reminder of sex apartheid), and the very ‘objective’ views on Islam, the world and creation. It also manages to oh so subtly remind the reader that its aims are to ‘rekindle our awareness’ and ‘glad acceptance of the beautiful message’. So much for objectivity.

The only thing missing is the ‘or else’ but don’t worry, the child will learn that soon enough.

Once your child’s done with this book, there are plenty more to choose from – like ‘I Love Islam – Level 1′ and the ‘A to Z of Akhlaq’ or moral behaviour. Here’s one your child will need to know and very soon:

Enjoy.

Unveiled women are like buses

This is my final blog for Secular Student Alliance blogathon. I can’t believe I managed to post a blog every half an hour from 9am-3pm GMT! But all for a good cause.

I leave you with some pearls of wisdom – not mine of course – but of an Islamic ‘scholar’ and Friday prayers leader.

He says:

“An unveiled woman is like a bus – everyone gets to ride her.

“A woman who is not wearing a full-chador (all encompassing covering) but wearing a head-scarf and manteau (overcoat type covering) is like a taxi – a limited number get to ride her.

“But a woman wearing a chador, like my wife, is like a donkey – only one person gets to ride her.”

 

 

 

Ahh bless, now I wonder how the defenders of religious education are going to explain this one. Oh let’s just stick to the mantra of golden rules and all religions preach love and peace (albeit only for those who agree with them).

Now if this has been useful to you – or more likely not – then go and donate to the SSA.

It’s  the best revenge.

Here’s a link to the official SSA Week page, which has lots of information about the SSA as well as an easy-to-find donation widget.

Here’s a list of quotations collected by Greta on why the SSA is worth supporting.

(Clipping via Afsaneh Vahdat)

 

Let Islam go out of business

…The person who wants to modernise Islam is like that forgetful genius who wants to invent a machine in his/her garage, which can turn copper into gold! Is it good for Islam to become modern? The first question is why should Islam be modernised and why do they insist on this? If someone says that slavery can also become humane, I will ask them why they insist on making slavery humane; is there a lack of modern and humane schools of thought? One should ask persons promoting modern Islam, whether they themselves are modern Moslems? If not, then why are they paving the way for oppressive and historically backward monsters to continue their existence in new forms? Let’s assume that Islam can be modernised; why are they helping it to do so? Leave it, let it be as it is and let it go out of business. Notwithstanding this, in my opinion, their depiction of ‘modern’ is limited, which is why they says Islam can be modern. Probably, if Islam allows a woman to go to school with a knee-length skirt or to become a judge as long as she does not speak of her sexuality, then Islam is modern from their point of view. Now this won’t do.

Islam has no place in what I call modern (in fact this word is also relative) nor in the society that I would like to live or in the modernism that I think we deserve. Islam must be uprooted. Just as some people believe in fascism and still strongly believe in patriarchy, some also believe in Islam. Islam’s track record is much more apparent than that for anyone to attempt its rescue…

Elsewhere in the interview, Mansoor Hekmat says:

…as I have said before, we are witnessing an anti-Islamic revulsion and a popular cultural struggle against Islam in Iran. As far as the ideological battle against Islam and exposing the foundations of this religion are concerned, for a free-minded human being, religion is part of the ‘lumpenism’ in society, which must be put aside. If this struggle is taking place now, it is thanks to communists like us, and even that is limited to what is available to a political organisation. In Iran, we do not have a large-scale social and national movement of enlightened intellectuals loudly proclaiming, ‘we do not have a religion; we are atheists,’ whereas Europe was full of intellectual giants who stood up to the powerful church and expressed their views. They criticised superstition at scientific, philosophical and social levels and many paid a price in doing so. We do not have intellectuals in Iran with the same political and intellectual courage. Today, Mr. Khatami’s friends are called ‘alternative thinkers.’ Consequently, perhaps it is up to the Iranian working class and the Worker-communist Party of Iran to bring this struggle to its end.

- Islam is part of the lumpenism in society, Mansoor Hekmat, June 1999

 

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

I have a gripe

This has got to be one of my all time favorite songs. It’s by Dariush and called Ahay Mardom -e- Donya or Oh people of the world. Here are some of the lyrics.

Oh people of the world
I have a gripe
With everyone and everything
I have a gripe
Also with god.

Those who broke the sanctity of love, extinguished affection and put a price on the heart
My scream is an objection from a restless soul
Weary of all the wounds of the world
My gripe is not on my behalf alone

If there is no love, there is no humanity
If there is no humanity, there is no life
Don’t ask me what happened to love
My response is only that of shame…

You can find a better version on youtube but this one is fun as it is at a concert where the crowd sings along.

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

All you need for an arrest is hurt religious sentiment

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for the writer of a 2003 novel “Bhanga Math” (“Broken Temple”). The book has already been banned for insulting Mohammed. The court issued the order in response to a petition from an Islamist accusing the author Salam Azad of hurting religious sentiment.

And did you hear about the 26 year old Kuwaiti who has been given a ten year (yes 10 year) prison sentence for insulting Mohammad on Twitter?

There’s also the atheist Turkish pianist who faces imprisonment for insulting Islamic values.

Islam kills, mutilates, segregates, dehumanises and all it takes for an arrest and prison sentence is ‘hurt religious sentiment’.

Talk about an upside down world.

(Top Link via Anne Marie Waters)

I’m blogging every half an hour from 9am to 3pm GMT in support of the Secular Student Alliance blogothon. The SSA is trying to raise £100,000 by 16 June.

Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

Here’s a link to the official SSA Week page, which has lots of information about the SSA as well as an easy-to-find donation widget.

Atheists needs to be more critical of Islam

Seth Andrews of the Thinking Atheist who I met at the Kamloops Imagine No Religion conference a few weeks ago has put together his reflections on the conference and also my talk.

He hits on an important point – that atheists need to be more critical of Islam.

Yes please!

He’s really wonderful to listen to. Here’s the podcast from the conference:

Listen to internet radio with TheThinkingAtheist on Blog Talk Radio

(Link via Jim)

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

Religious education is an oxymoron

Good quality’ ‘Religious Education’ (RE) in schools is seen as important and valued by the public, research commissioned by the Religious Education Council (REC) has indicated. According to the research, 53% of adults in England and Wales think that RE should remain a compulsory subject in state funded schools. A greater number (58%) think it is beneficial for pupils to study RE.

REC of England and Wales brings together fifty professional organisations and religion and belief groups with an interest in promoting good quality RE.

Err, good quality religious education? I think that’s what’s called an oxymoron.

Religion and education are at two opposite ends of the spectrum. One is dogmatic, prescriptive and punishes free thinking and reason. Education is *meant* to be the opposite.

I’m really not sure why anyone who is not part of a religious group would be glad that adults recognise the importance of religious education.

And if it’s so important for children to be force-fed their parents’ religion – which is what this is all really about – why not have political education classes too? It is also very helpful in raising obedient robots.

I know, I know, it’s all about exploring the ‘many varied ethical and religious perspectives to promote understanding and to assist in the personal development of each student’, blah, blah, blah.

But religion is the last thing that can help in anything to do with promoting understanding and children’s personal development.

Maybe it would be best if the ‘professionals’ started looking at it from a children’s rights perspective rather than from the perspective of religion.

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

Here’s a link to the official SSA Week page, which has lots of information about the SSA as well as an easy-to find donation widget.

Here’s a list of quotations collected by Greta on why the SSA is worth supporting.

 

Stupid shit that somebody made up

Thanks to Jimmy Harkin for sending me the following clip of George Carlin on the Bible, religion and more:

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

Here’s a link to the official SSA Week page, which has lots of information about the SSA as well as an easy-to find donation widget.

Here’s a list of quotations collected by Greta on why the SSA is worth supporting.

Christianity stinks too

I often hear people saying that Christianity is better than Islam. And I’m not talking about the far-Right that thinks the fight against Islam is a fight for Christianity and a new crusade but I often hear it from skeptics and atheists too.

As you may know even Ayaan Hirsi Ali had recommended that Muslim women become Christians rather than remain within Islam if they want to carry on believing in god. My response is that it’s a racism of lower expectations. If Ayaan and I can become atheists, so can other Muslim women.

But nonetheless there is this perception that Christianity is better.

But that’s a perception only.

As I’ve said before, Christianity only seems nicer because to some extent it has been pushed back by an enlightenment. A ‘better’ religion is generally one that has its back to the wall and has no political power.

And the minute it has access to some form of power, it rears its cruel and ugly head for all to see.

The US Christian Right, the abuse and violence faced by children deemed witches in Nigeria, the lack of accountability of the Church for it years of paedophelia and sex abuse are all current day examples of how Christianity is fundamentally no different. and that’s not even looking at the Spanish inquisition and the like.  Of course there are many more current days examples but the most recent case is the complaint by the Mumbai Catholic Archdiocese against Indian Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku.

Following his exposure of a supposed miracle at a Catholic Church in Mumbai in March 2012 as nothing more than a leak, a complaint has been lodged against Sanal by local Catholic organisations with the police, who are now able to arrest him. He has been denied ‘anticipatory’ bail which means if arrested he faces a long term in prison merely for explaining the science behind yet another fraudulent claim by religion.

It is important to defend Sanal and also the many facing such charges by Islamists across the globe.

Here’s a petition you can sign on Sanal’s behalf.

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Repent and get a good husband

I’ve already told you about an article on me in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ‘press’ entitled ‘Meet this anti-religion woman’. (I translated it anti-Islam in my original piece on it because that is what they mean when they speak of religion but it is more accurate to translate it anti-religion.)

Anyway since its publication, I’ve been receiving more than my usual share of emails from nutjobs (though I get hundreds of times more emails in support so it’s not that bad really) but some – though they’re not meant to be – are quite hilarious.

There’s one below from a Vahid Habibi doing the regime’s bidding. I’m not going to translate all of his email, well because I just can’t be bothered translating pure nonsense but am translating one funny line just for you.

His piece of advice to me at the end of his email is:

‘Repent, get a good husband, follow the principles of Islam and return to Iran.’

توبه کن یک شوهر خوب گیر بیار واین اصول  اسلام رو رعایت کن وبرگرد به ایران

Err, no thanks.

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Add your message of support for the Council of Ex-Muslims

As you know, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain 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 our birthday. Here are some messages we have already received. Add your below or email it to us at maryamnamazie[@]gmail[dot]com.

To become an “Ex” of any religion needs intelligence and education. To become an Ex-Muslim needs courage as well. Maryam Namazie has the additional ability to inspire others to follow her admirable example. Many congratulations on the fifth anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
Richard Dawkins FRS, University of Oxford

The Council of Ex-Muslims performs a vitally important service to the cause of liberty of conscience and all the human rights involved with it. I applaud it’s courage, humanity, determination and persistence.
A C Grayling, philosopher, UK

Congratulations to the Council of Ex-Muslims on your fifth anniversary. You have defied threats and intimidation to stand up for the freedom of all to think and believe as they wish. These are easy principles for we humanists to uphold, but ex-Muslims take their life in their hands when they proclaim themselves non-believers. Maryam Namazie herself deserves special praise for her bravery.
Polly Toynbee, President, British Humanist Association

Dearest Maryam, congratulations on the survival and continuing growth of the Council of Ex-Muslims. It’s a desperately needed group and community for people who want to escape one of the most binding and demanding communities that humans have ever created. From a community where the punishment for leaving is death to one where there is no punishment – what a hopeful inspiring journey for anyone, and how wonderful that it has achieved five years of existence.
Ophelia Benson, Author, USA

On behalf of the Token Skeptic podcast, I congratulate The Council of Ex-Muslims for their continued bravery and efforts in the face of enormous challenges. As an educator and friend of former Islamic students, I am proud to hear of your fifth birthday and know that there are many Australians who wish you the very best.
Kylie Sturgess
Token Skeptic podcast

CEMB,
Good luck with your celebrations of the 5th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on Saturday 23 June 2012.
Public awareness of the CEMB is growing which is encouraging for all. Please keep up the good work.
Cheers,
Dave, Kingston upon Thames [Read more...]

Mickey Mouse must die

It seems the Islamists are running out of people to kill so they are now targetting the seemingly much deserved Mickey Mouse. Don’t even ask about the Three Little Pigs…

It may seem funny but it is all serious stuff. Did you hear about the Egyptian who was accused of mocking Islam after tweeting the below photo last year?

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, I’m blogging every half hour today from 9am-3pm London time for Secular Student Alliance’s ten day fundraising blogathon. You can donate to the SSA by clicking the box on the right hand column.

(Video link via Anne Marie Waters)

Blogging for Secular Student Alliance

I’m blogging every half an hour from 9am to 3pm UK time in support of the Secular Student Alliance blogathon. The SSA is trying to raise £100,000 by 16 June. I’m not quite sure what I’m meant to write about so I’ll start writing about some of the things that I’ve been meaning to comment on but haven’t had the chance. If there is anything specific you want me to address, please feel free to comment.

And don’t forget to support the SSA. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

The difference between a Victorian Workhouse and the Jubilee River Pageant

Did you hear how a group of unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London to work as unpaid stewards during the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations last weekend and told to sleep under London Bridge before working on the river pageant? They had to change into security gear in public, had no access to toilets for 24 hours, and were taken to a swampy campsite outside London after working a 14-hour shift in the pouring rain on the banks of the Thames on Sunday.

Nice.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell who protested the event with other Republicans writes about the lack of media balance in covering the jubilee. Oh well, no surprise there.

Whilst of course we were all happy to have two extra days off, had it been a strike for better wages or working conditions, we would have been bombarded with a stream of misinformation on how the country would never recover because of it. This past weekend we heard how this wasn’t costing us a penny. But even if the money – all £12 million of it – came from private funds (which is just not true), I can think of a whole lot of other things that money could have been used for. It’s called public need and welfare but that isn’t what the system is designed for, now is it?

Q. What’s the difference between a Victorian workhouse and workfare jubilee pageant stewardship?

A. The workhouse gave you a bed to sleep in.

Err, god save the queen?

(Via Jim H)

Khomeini and ethics?!

Press TV (AKA an intelligence wing of the Islamic Republic of Iran) reports on an international conference this past weekend to discuss Khomeini’s views on ethics and politics to mark his death anniversary. It was attended by ‘thinkers’ and ‘scholars’. Really!? As Richard Dawkins has said, you do need to read more than one book to be considered a scholar in the real world. And what’s to discuss on ethics?

How to promote religiously sanctioned paedophelia or sex with babies, perhaps?

Or how to kill more people courtesy of his very ‘ethical politics’? Some of his many quotes:

“Do not interrupt the activities. You all have to obey the Islamic Republic. And if you don’t, you all will vanish.” -Ayatollah Khomeini (Isfahan, September 19, 1979)

“Those who are against us are like cancer tumors that need to be removed surgically; otherwise they will corrupt everything.” -Ayatollah Khomeini (Tabriz, Qom, September 19, 1979)

“If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, the infidel’s moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him.” (1984)

“…the author of The Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Qu’ran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them wherever they find them, so that no one will dare to insult the Islamic sanctions. Whoever is killed on this path will be regarded as a martyr, God willing.” (February 1989)

Ah yes so very ethical…

There are more quotes, which you can read here and here if you want to learn more about what all these ‘thinkers’ are discussing.

And for those of you who want to start defending his honour and going on about urban legends and what not, don’t bother. I am also busy marking him and his ‘ethics’ but in a slightly different way (the dustbin has the slogan: ‘dustbin of history’)…

Meet this anti-Islam woman

A large number of major Islamic Republic of Iran ‘media’ and hundreds of other websites have published an article about me entitled: ‘Get to know this anti-Islam woman’ in what seems like a coordinated effort.

Clearly the regime has become so desperate that it is moving away from its usual behind the scenes assassination attempts, threats and intimidations of exiles to more public forms of renunciation (once again) – hence the recent fatwa against rapper Shahin Najafi and this ‘exposé’ on me, amongst others.

It lists my various organisational affiliations and says that I am ‘noticeable’ for my ‘enmity’ and ‘widespread activities against Islam and the Islamic Republic and in areas such as the defence of women’s rights and refugee rights’, and that I am ‘in charge’ of those ‘who are effectively apostates’. It adds that I have shamefully opposed Islamic totalitarianism during the Danish cartoons fiasco and quotes someone asking how ‘ugly and deformed [nude] bodies [can] be seen as a form of protest’. It goes on to say that my actions are so appalling that even some ‘ex-Christian Muslim’ writing on an Islamic website has come to understand how ‘those who used to be Muslim can be used to do anything to destroy Islam’…

Of course there is much that can be said about the ‘article’ but this is neither time nor place.

Suffice it to say that you vile lot are – sooner or later – on your way out and that nothing could make me prouder than being part of an immense human movement that will bring you to your knees.

Below are some more links to the absurd piece:
Asre Emrooz
Bardasht News
Sabze Nabavi
Ruzegar e No
Zane Farda
Jahan News
Neda Online
Nedaye Enghelab

Support the Council of Ex-Muslim on 23 June

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.

Book your tickets today.

Speakers and acts include:
Renowned Philosopher AC Grayling
Writer and Documentary-maker Gita Sahgal
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite
Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Best-selling Author of A Universe From Nothing
DV8 Physical Theatre Director Lloyd Newson with a clip from Can we Talk about This?
CEMB Founder and Campaigner Maryam Namazie
Magician Neil Edwards
Singer and Songwriter Shelley Segal

Ticket(s) for the event, which includes a three-course meal and glass of wine at a wonderful Italian restaurant, are £45.00 per person or £35.00 for students/unwaged.

If you are unable to attend the luncheon but would like to help, please donate or organise an event on 23 June, such as a coffee morning or a luncheon party in your home or a local cafe, to raise much needed funds for the CEMB.

You can also send a message of support to the CEMB to [email protected] All messages will be published.

To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to CEMB to BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX or pay via Paypal or Worldpay. Please make sure to include an email address and/or telephone number so that further details can be provided. Additional donations are welcome to help ensure the attendance of CEMB volunteers at the event.

For more information, please contact:
Maryam Namazie
Spokesperson
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
[email protected]
www.ex-muslim.org.uk

Intisar Sharif Abdallah is in danger of being stoned in Sudan!

I’ve been away for a few days and am trying to get through all my emails but thought I’d post this right away. It’s from Mina Ahadi about a stoning sentence in Sudan:

Intisar who is under 18 and has three children of whom the youngest is five months old is now in Omdurmanprison in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, with her five-month-old child. She has been condemned to death by stoning for allegedly having sexual relations outside marriage. She was tried without a lawyer or an interpreter, and was condemned to be stoned on the 22nd of April, 2012. She says that she was forced to confess under torture.

The International Committee Against Stoning invites all human-rights organisations, as well as all opponents of stoning and the people of the world as a whole, to protest immediately against this young woman’s stoning sentence…

Just as in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, this time too the people of the world must arise and declare that they will not allow these Islamic criminals to wrap a young woman in a burial shroud while she is still alive and then torture to death by throwing stones at her. Protest against Intisar Sharif Abdallah’s stoning sentence by any means possible!

International Committee Against Stoning
1 June 2012
Email: [email protected]

http://notonemoreexecution.org

http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/

June 2012: Nude Protest = Peaceful Protest

June 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of English teacher and translator Luisa Batista.

She says:

Why I joined:

I joined the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar, because I sympathize with all people who are oppressed by their religion and/or leaders.

Women especially are being discriminated, oppressed, intimidated, sexually harassed, used and abused and treated without any respect, and very often religion is used as an excuse to justify this.

I also read about Aliaa Elmahdy’s blog and the nude photograph she posted on the internet, and the reactions she received – eg. death threats.

When I myself wrote a blog and posted it on the internet accompanied by a nude photograph, someone sent me the link to Maryam Namazie’s blog about the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar.

Why nudity?

The human body is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of, and women should not be made to feel ashamed of their bodies.

Nude protest = peaceful protest.

We are vulnerable but strong!

Why I think the calendar is important?

I think the calendar is important, because it may help to open people’s eyes and hearts. Women – and men – who are afraid, may find courage and feel supported by the quotes and faces and bodies of the people in the calendar.

By the way, here is the censored photo for Facebook since it doesn’t permit nudity…

You can download the calendar or purchase it here and join the scream on Facebook or Tweet #NudePhotoRevolutionary Calendar.