I will be away until 6 September and will begin blogging regularly when I return.
Have a good rest of the summer!
Three members of Pussy Riot were found guilty of ‘hooliganism’ driven by religious hatred and sentenced to two years in jail for staging an ‘obscene’ ‘punk prayer service’ at the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow as part of a protest against Putin.
If anything it is religion that is part of the hooliganism in society. What could be more hateful and obscene than a two year prison sentence for singing in a church?
FEMEN have the right idea. Watch then chainsaw a crucifix:
As I mentioned before, this is something I’d love to do in a mosque…
Ex-Muslim Women’s Coffee Morning
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is organising a second meet-up for ex-Muslim women after the summer term to provide a safe space for meeting like-minded friends and discussing concerns. The second meet-up will be held on Friday 7 September from 11:30am-1pm in central London.
If you would like to join us, email Maryam Namazie at email@example.com or call 07719166731 for further details.
I wanted to write to give you a quick update on some of the things we’ve been doing recently, as well as some of our plans for the near future. Thank you, as always, for your support.
Meeting with Trevor Phillips
Recently, Maryam and I met with Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We told him of our concerns at the existence of sharia tribunals in Britain and the treatment of women by these bodies. We also discussed the refusal of the Charity Commission to grant charity status to secular organisations such as the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain which was refused status by the Commission for being too political, despite the fact that the Islamic Sharia Council – which runs a system of sharia-based family law and promotes Islamism – is a registered charity. Mr Phillips was very supportive and promised to look in to these issues for us. He also agreed to contact Baroness Cox’s office at the House of Lords to discuss her Arbitration and Mediation (Equality) Bill. [Read more…]
I am off today to Montreal, Canada where I will be speaking on Sharia law, the veil and sexual apartheid on Saturday 4 August at the Sex and Secularism conference hosted by Humanist Canada, the Quebec Humanist Association and the Quebec Secular Movement. More details can be found here.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the FEMEN action against Sharia law and Islamism at the Olympics today as I am really sick and travelling tomorrow for a conference in Montreal (which I would most likely have missed since they were arrested).
Reza Moradi was there and filmed their action and the police’s brutal arrest. Interesting how the police were so pre-occupied with covering up their breasts and bodies.
British police: you did your Islamic morality counterparts in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan proud!
Talk about an upside down world. Regimes that have killed a generation, impose sex apartheid, and still stone people to death in the 21st century are given red carpet treatments by the Olympics Committee and this is what women’s rights campaigners get.
But not to worry, our day will come.
Police were brutal towards the FEMEN activists protesting Sharia law and Islamist states in the Olympics. I got a text today saying that four activists had been arrested at their action today. This report says five.
Shame on the British police. They have arrested the wrong people.
There are plenty of representatives of Islamic states that should be arrested instead of women defending rights and opposing violence against women. But then we already know which side the ruling elite is on.
After all Islamism has merely annihilated an entire generation… But it is topless activists that must be brutalised and arrested!?
Have you seen the new Egyptian channel called Maria where women must all wear the niqab and full Islamic veil to work there?
Is anyone else finding absurd the contradiction of hiding women away in a mobile prison and then putting them on television for all to see?
The ‘scholar’ may package it any way he wants but clearly this is another attempt in ensuring that women know their place in Egyptian society.
It’s the Islamists, however, that need to know their place – somewhere in the dustbins of history…
(Link via Dawood)
As you know, we’ve been involved in some protests against the International Olympics Committee’s violation of its principles of gender equality and neutrality with regards Islamic states, veiling and inequality. On 25 July, One Law for All co-organised an event on this at which activist Sundas Hoorain spoke. Here is her speech.
Tomorrow, FEMEN is organising another related event, which is demanding that the International Olympics Committee condemn violence against women via Islamist states. Femen demands that those states that apply Sharia law be shut out of the Olympic games, because of the inhumanity of Sharia laws, which are in total contradiction with Olympic principles.
With the support of the IOC, these Islamist governments are using their participation of women in the Olympic games to hide thousands of victims and dead.
FEMEN’s action will take place tomorrow at 11am. The meeting point for the media is 10.45am in front of the London House, near Tower Bridge.
Join FEMEN if you can tomorrow. We have to do all we can whilst attention is on the Olympics to show our opposition to Islamism and our support of women’s rights and equality.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0033662839340 or 0033663187245.
August 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of atheist writer and blogger, Greta Christina, who was one of the first women to agree to take part in the calendar.
When Greta was asked why nudity and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar, she said:
Sexuality is one of the most powerful aspects of human experience, and the suppression of sexuality by religious or other tyranny can have devastating consequences.
Sexual freedom is an important freedom — but it’s one that commonly gets ignored or trivialized. When Aliaa Magda Elmahdy posted nude photos of herself in defiance of Islamist theocracy, she did something incredibly brave, and I want to stand with her and support her.
Here’s some other things Greta has written on the calendar and nudity:
By the way, here is her photo censored for Facebook since it doesn’t allow nudity…
I am back blogging after a few weeks away. Thanks for all your kind messages and emails whilst I was taking time off to work out some personal problems. I had gotten used to just bulldozing ahead whilst my life fell apart so it was nice taking a break and sorting things out.
Everything is fine now – but I still need to get back into the groove of blogging daily…