Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31 2012

January 2013: Why? Because I can.

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January 2013 is here. Happy New Year! The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of mother and actor Cleo Simone Powell. Why? Because [she] can… By the way, here is her censored photo for Facebook since it doesn’t allow nudity…

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Dec 31 2012

In Defence of Raif Badawi, Turki Al-Hamad and Hamza Kashgari

See the latest video from the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Webforum Admin on the recent cases of apostasy and blasphemy in Saudi Arabia:

Dec 28 2012

Stop persecution of worker activists and political prisoners in Iran. Free them now!

The regime in Iran has again stepped up its persecution of worker activists – from more arrests to harassment of those already in jail and their families. These activists are in prison purely for their trade union activities. They must be freed immediately and unconditionally. Reza Shahabi is a leader of the Union of Workers …

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Dec 26 2012

Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year! I’ll be back blogging on 8 January.

Dec 20 2012

Iran: Worker campaigners start sit-in outside the National Assembly

Workers behind a petition protesting low pay and deterioration of the labour law today started a sit-in outside the National Assembly in the capital Tehran, according to the Free Union of Iranian Workers. The petition, which has been circulating across the industries in Iran since this summer, has so far attracted over 30,000 signatures. Prior …

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Dec 17 2012

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

One Law for All is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition. ‘Change comes about by breaking taboos and pushing aside that which is deemed sacred and art is such an important way of doing this’ –Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All Song entries should …

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Dec 17 2012

A warning to European Secularists

European Secularists are quick to say Egypt has “turned out exactly as they predicted” even whilst Egyptians continue to battle the Islamists on the streets. A warning to you: If you focus only on political Islam, you will not be able to see the resistance and dissent even when it is staring you in the …

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Dec 13 2012

Why I Left Islam Live Show

On December 15th at 9PM GMT/UK time The Jinn And Tonic Show will be discussing the subject “Why I left Islam.” The panel will consist of a small number of atheists and a Muslim, Akber Chaudhry. This live show will feature calls in from ex-Muslims who are going to talk about why they decided to …

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Dec 10 2012

Join us for 11 December end-year drinks

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday 11 December 2012 from 18:30-20:00 Hours, members and supporters of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain are invited to join us for end-year drink in central London. The location will be sent to those who RSVP for the event. Our Special Guest Speaker for the evening is philosopher …

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Dec 07 2012

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain expresses concern at the exclusion of Muslim women from demands for gender equality

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is appalled to learn of the Bristol University Christian Union’s ban on women speaking at its main meetings and events. The sexist policy, which demonstrated a blatant disregard for gender equality, has now been reversed after an ensuing uproar. Whilst the CEMB congratulates those involved in the successful …

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Dec 07 2012

Statement on adding ex-Muslim to the LSE Atheist, Secularist, and Humanist Society name

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) unequivocally supports the London School of Economics Student Union Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society’s decision to add ‘ex-Muslim’ to its name. This is a positive move that will give heightened visibility and a sense of belonging to ex-Muslims who are often not seen and not heard. Even if …

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Dec 06 2012

Your Muslim Friend

After every talk, there is always that one person that will challenge what I have said about Sharia courts by – wait for it – saying: “I have a Muslim friend who says Sharia is not at all as you say.” I heard this for the umpteenth time at the two-day symposium on theism in …

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Dec 06 2012

Free Expression Day

UPDATE: Anne Marie is going in my place tonight. It should be an excellent meeting so stop by if you can. I’ll be in Reading tonight with Peter Tatchell – LGBT, human rights, democracy, and global justice activist, Robert Sharp – English PEN and Andrew Copson – British Humanist Association for Free Expression Day. It’s …

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Dec 05 2012

Ex-Muslim Events, Poster Competition, International Apostasy Report and more

Dear friend UPCOMING EVENTS The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has a number of events and meetings planned in the next few weeks. On 11 December 2012 we are having end-year drinks for our members and supporters with philosopher A C Grayling from 18:30-20:00 hours in central London. Email [email protected] to RSVP. Entry is …

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Dec 04 2012

December 2012: I carry it with me wherever I go

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December 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is that of Syrian American photographer Mallorie Nasrallah. Here’s what she says: Every time the shame some people demand women feel about their bodies is brought to light I quite literally want to scream. I have been working as an erotic photographer …

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