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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 18 2012

Won’t be blogging until the end of the month

I won’t be blogging until the end of the month due to some personal problems I am trying to sort out. I’ve also had to pull out of my speaking engagements this month so Nahla Mahmoud will be going to Reading Skeptics tomorrow and Sundas Hoorain will be speaking at the July 25 event on …

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Jul 13 2012

The struggle continues

Women march with banners to protest the recent public execution of a young woman, in Kabul

On 11 July, the International Day against Stoning, brave women and men (including a 16 year old who had acid thrown on her face) marched to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul to denounce the brutal execution of Najiba, a young woman, by the Taliban four days ago. See more photos here and be …

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Jul 13 2012

It has to stop

I have just been informed that a Dutch MP of the Socialist Party, Harry van Bommel, has successfully submitted a resolution in the Dutch parliament calling for the Dutch government to instigate an initiative during the 67th UN General Assembly with the goal of an international condemnation and prohibition of stoning.  The resolution has been accepted. …

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Jul 11 2012

Stoning must end now

In commemoration of 11 July, International Day against Stoning, we call on people worldwide to demand an end to the barbaric practice of stoning to death. 11 July has been chosen by the International Committee against Stoning to mark the day that 31 year old mother of two, Maryam Ayoubi, was stoned to death in …

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Jul 11 2012

It is meant to shock and provoke

Here’s a video clip of my speech at the 5th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. It is meant to shock and provoke! You can read the speech here.

Jul 10 2012

There are as many different Muslims as there are unfettered minds

Musa Budeiri, a professor at Birzeit University, the oldest Palestinian University, has been asked by the university to issue an apology to Islamist students who were offended by cartoons posted on his door.  The Islamists distributed leaflets on campus saying that the cartoons were ‘an insult to Islam’ and that the professor should apologize and …

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Jul 10 2012

Letter to Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission

Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain met with Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), on 28 June to raise our concerns about sharia courts in Britain and the Charities Commission’s refusal of charity status for secular organisations. Nobel Laureate …

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Jul 10 2012

Coffee morning for ex-Muslim women

Join the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Coffee Morning for Ex-Muslim Women The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is organising monthly coffee mornings for women who want to meet like-minded ex-Muslims to chat, discuss concerns and make new friends. The first coffee morning will be held this Friday 13 July from 11:30am-1pm in central London. …

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Jul 10 2012

Allah ordered the execution

Below is a Reuter’s report of a woman being executed near Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban this Sunday. It says she was accused of adultery and that Taliban members were ‘sexually involved’ with her, possibly via rape, and that she was tortured and killed to settle a dispute… Watching the very disturbing video, I can’t …

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Jul 09 2012

Not that kind of atheist

It seems the wonderful PZ Myers considers me a ‘Humanist’ Atheist. In his blog entitled ‘what kind of atheist are you?’ he says my type of atheist has the following strengths and weaknesses: Strengths: This is the heart of an atheist movement that will endure and grow. Ignore it and we can expect atheism to fade …

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Jul 04 2012

How dare you not defend Alex!

In a letter to the editor in the latest edition of the National Secular Society’s very excellent Newsline, Raymond Carlise writes: I have considered Edward Conduit’s appeal to sign the petition in defence of the Indonesian atheist who has been jailed for saying there is no God, but have concluded that I cannot sign [the] Avaaz …

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Jul 03 2012

July 2012: Dogma will never determine where I sit, what I wear or how I live

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July 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of Amanda Brown, We are Atheism founder. By the way, here is the censored photo for Facebook since it doesn’t permit nudity… Incidentally, there is a report in Alarabiya Farsi (though I can’t seem to find the English version) stating …

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Jul 03 2012

The courage to think

Over one hundred people joined the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s hugely successful 5th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 23 June 2012. Guests heard from philosopher AC Grayling, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, writer Gita Sahgal, singer/songwriter Shelley Segal, dancer Maryam Freeflower, DV8 Physical Theatre Director Lloyd Newson, and poet Lilith. Magician …

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Jul 03 2012

Richard Dawkins: A most popular figure

Richard Dawkins was on Aljazeera’s The Stream last week. I was invited on a Google+ panel to ask questions, though I was only able to ask two. Anyone who watched it could plainly see the programme’s bias in favour of religion. Look no further than the title labelling Dawkins a ‘polarising’ figure and the opening …

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