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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 27 2012

So much for human values

Ahmadinejad gave his speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday and has conducted a number of interviews. He didn’t say anything new really – basically his usual same old same old on everything from the nuclear issue, Israel and of course homosexuality. ‘Homosexuality is very ugly behaviour’ and ‘this kind of support of homosexuality is only …

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Sep 23 2012

This is about politics not religion

Below is my speech at the 22 September National Secular Society conference in London: Sometimes I really don’t know what more to say. What else can be said about Sharia law that– at least in your gut – you don’t already know? It is based on the Koran, the Hadith and Islamic jurisprudence. Its criminal …

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Sep 21 2012

NSS London Conference on Secularism

On Saturday 22 September 2012, I will be speaking at the sold-out National Secular Society One Day Conference on Secularism in London along with other speakers, including the fantastic Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell. For more information on the conference, click here. Here are two articles on it: London: Challenging religious privilege, Examiner, 16 August 2012 [external …

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Sep 20 2012

Bravo Charlie Hebdo

In a climate where Islamist murder, violence and intimidation is cowering many into silence and submission,  Charlie Hebdo’s insistence on poking fun at Islam on par with all religions and its refusal to back down despite calls for censorship is one that will be remembered when Islamism is in the dustbins of history. French professor …

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Sep 20 2012

This is annoying

I did refugee rights work for 18 years until I had a melt-down from the very depressing state of affairs for asylum seekers. Until then I always had access to resources and support. In the US, where I lived before I moved to the UK, NYANA – the New York Association for New Americans – …

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Sep 20 2012

Cover your damn eyes

Did you hear the report about the mullah who told a girl to  cover herself properly whilst on his way to the mosque in a VILLAGE(!) in Iran? Veiling is compulsory there and ‘bad-hejabi’ a form of dissent and resistance. The girl told him  to cover his eyes, insulted him and beat him so bad …

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Sep 19 2012

Atheism Plus revisted

I did say I would write more on Atheism Plus and feel I should given the various comments I have received. This will be my last post on this for now. I registered my support for Atheism Plus after reading the FAQs on its official website. I won’t be calling myself an Atheist Plus but I …

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Sep 19 2012

I’m in Coventry today

I’ll be speaking on Sharia law at a meeting organised by Coventry Skeptics in the Pub today at 7.30pm. It will be at The Albany, 24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JUMore information here.

Sep 18 2012

Child ‘marriages’ and Sharia courts: It must end now

Dear Friend, We are writing to you today to ask for your urgent and immediate support. As you may have seen in the papers recently, there is growing evidence that young children – some as young at 5 years old – are being “married” to older men in Sharia courts across Britain. This is increasingly …

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Sep 14 2012

Secular Europe

If you’re around London this Saturday, why not join the Secular Europe march and rally? Sudanese atheist and activist Nahla Mahmoud will be speaking on behalf of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All. Other speakers include Sue Cox, Terry Sanderson and Joan Smith. Here are more details. When you’re marching, …

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Sep 13 2012

The other film: The Innocence of Muslims

Another film that has hit the headlines – ‘The innocence of Muslims’ – merits comment particularly since it has sparked protests that have resulted in the death of several US officials in Libya. Have you seen the film? It is absolutely ludicrous. It’s low budget (though they say they spent $5 million on it), poorly …

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Sep 13 2012

Urgent Action: Islam: The Untold Story must not be cancelled

Dear friend The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to make public its support for Tom Holland’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’. We are indignant to learn that due to threats made on Holland, Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of the historical inquiry into the origins of Islam similar to …

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Sep 12 2012

We never will

I have just posted a statement by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain in support of Tom Holland’s documentary “Islam: The Untold Story”. Channel 4 has just cancelled a repeat screening due to threats. Here’s my question to Channel 4: what about the threats on our lives for being apostates, ex-Muslims, atheists, freethinkers, secularists, 21st …

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Sep 12 2012

We must be able to scrutinise Islam

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to make public our support for Tom Holland’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’. We are indignant to learn that due to threats made on Holland, Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of the historical inquiry into the origins of Islam similar to the kind …

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Sep 11 2012

Atheism+

I am slightly embarrassed to say that I only found out about Jen McCreight’s Atheism Plus yesterday when someone Tweeted to ask me for my position on it. And so I had to do a search to find out more. [I must confess that I am a terrible blogger in the sense that I don’t usually …

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Sep 11 2012

This is why

There are those who ask how I could be a communist. My gut response is always, how could you not? The recent outrageous slaughter of miners in South Africa is just one more reason why. I am usually the first to use the end of apartheid as an example of how things can change for …

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Sep 10 2012

I’m back blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging regularly again. But it does become difficult to get back into the groove of it all once you’ve been away for a while. I hope everyone had a good summer. I eventually did – after my personal crisis was sorted out. Anyway it’s good to be back blogging again. …

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Sep 02 2012

September 2012: Freedom and Nudity

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September 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of atheist  blogger, Emily Dietle. Here’s what Emily said about the project: – Why did you join the ‘Scream’ and Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar? There are people who are actively trying to silence, shame, and control women, in this country …

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