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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 12 2012

Who is allah?

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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 …

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Jun 11 2012

Unveiled women are like buses

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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. …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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: *** 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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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, …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 11 2012

Mickey Mouse must die

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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 …

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Jun 11 2012

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 …

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Jun 09 2012

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 …

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Jun 08 2012

Khomeini and ethics?!

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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 …

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Jun 07 2012

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, …

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Jun 07 2012

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 …

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Jun 07 2012

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 …

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Jun 01 2012

June 2012: Nude Protest = Peaceful Protest

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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, …

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