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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

Oppose Channel 4 and BBC’s censorship when it comes to Islam

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Dear Friend, You may remember Lloyd Newson’s verbatim hit play ‘Can We Talk About This?’ which enjoyed a successful run at London’s National Theatre and Sydney Opera House amongst others. The play focused on the reluctance of media and political figures to openly discuss the dangers of Islamism and Sharia law. Featuring speeches and interviews …

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Feb 28 2013

Amnesty International: You keep getting it wrong

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Today, there will be a demonstration against Amnesty International for its disproportionate support of the Islamist perpetrators of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. I am also vehemently opposed to the death penalty in all cases (it’s nothing short of state-sponsored murder), but Amnesty could do much more to support the victims and the …

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Feb 27 2013

We can’t leave Islam? Watch us!

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I was at Birmingham University yesterday speaking on apostasy and freedom of conscience for the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society’s Reason Week. We had an excellent discussion. Of course, there had been complaints about my speaking there (yes it is very controversial to defend the rights of apostates not to die!). The Society was even …

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Feb 20 2013

I am away for a week

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am away this week and won’t be blogging. I’ll be at the below events the following week: 25 February 2013 Ex-Muslim apostate and refugee meet-up group from 11:30am-1:00pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email [email protected] February 26, 2013 Birmingham Reason Week 26 February 2013 Birmingham, …

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Feb 16 2013

La lucha continua

Atheist blogger, 35 year old Ahmed Rajib known by his online identity Thaba Baba, had his head hacked apart with a machete one day after attending anti-Islamist protests in Bangladesh. This is the usual Islamist response to any opposition: assassination, decapitation and sheer barbarity. But nothing – not even the brutal murder of yet one …

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Feb 15 2013

Sharia Law: Extremism the Government Ignores

In her latest Huffington Post article, One Law for All Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters concludes: One Law for All has repeatedly asked the government why it allows sharia councils, with their blatant disregard for human rights and democracy, to yield power in such important areas as family and criminal law; the government response? It doesn’t …

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Feb 14 2013

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Pot. Kettle. Black.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his political rivals of plotting to rig this summer’s presidential election in Iran. Pot. Kettle. Black. Of course he should know as that’s how he got to be president. But seriously, even his most ardent supporters, like George Galloway, know that elections in Iran are nothing but a farce. For starters, the …

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Feb 13 2013

Council of Ex-Muslims: Updates and Reminders

Dear friend I wanted to write a quick note updating you on the work of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, reminding you of some important events, and asking for some help. March 14: International Day to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates We will be organising another international day to defend blasphemers and apostates. On the …

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Feb 13 2013

Too outrageous even for the Saudi royal family

Public outrage over the rape, torture and murder of 5 year old Lama and the lenient sentence imposed on her Islamic cleric father has forced the Saudi royal family to intervene. It is reported that they have been ‘stung’ by the public outrage and are blocking Al-Ghamdi’s release; he is to remain in prison for a …

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Feb 12 2013

No time for shoes

وقتی مرسی پابرهنه از مسجد گریخت!

Did you hear the report saying Morsi had to run out of a mosque leaving his shoes behind in order to evade protesters. It reminds me of the song, “run oppressor man, where you gonna run to?” All I can say is: it’s good to be alive today. Real good.

Feb 11 2013

Sexual Harassment of Women is State Sponsored Say Egyptian Women

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Today was a day of action against sexual terrorism in Egypt. One Islamic cleric gave a fatwa justifying the sexual assaults saying women were going to the protests to get raped. Nonetheless he and his Muslim Brothers have received their response by women on the streets of Egypt. See the magnificent protest below: Here are what some …

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Feb 10 2013

Double Bind

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On Monday 11 February 2013, I will be speaking at the Centre for Secular Space launch of its first publication, Double Bind: the Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights. The event will be at 7pm at Toynbee Hall in East London. Other speakers include Meredith Tax, Gita Sahgal, and Ansar Ahmed Ullah. For more …

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Feb 09 2013

Islamic regime of Iran: Guilty as charged!

In his interview entitled June 20, 1981: One of the Greatest Crimes of the 20th Century, Mansoor Hekmat likened the Islamic movement’s suppression of the left-leaning Iranian revolution as “a violent coup d’état that succeeded as a result of widespread executions and murders”: They poured onto the streets and arrested anyone who did not look …

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Feb 08 2013

Chokri Belaid murdered in broad daylight

The anti-Islamist, Marxist, and secularist political figure Chokri Belaid was assassinated as he left his home in Tunis yesterday. His brother accuses the leader of Ennahda, the Islamist ruling party, for his murder as do we. After all, terror and assassination are what they do best. For those who keep saying that secularists are the same as Islamists, …

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Feb 06 2013

Women in Public Life Awards

I was just informed that I have been shortlisted for the Journalist of the Year Award at the Dods Women in Public Life Awards. I’m really surprised (especially to be called a journalist!). Nonetheless I am delighted, particularly given some of the other women shortlisted like our young hero Malala Yousefzai who has been shortlisted for …

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Feb 06 2013

A few things about Sharia and Islamism

Haven’t had time to write a blog post today but wanted to bring attention to a few things: * Several Ahmadi Muslims have been arrested for publishing ‘blasphemous’ books about their faith. This is what happens when Islamist values are seen to be one and the same with Muslim values. Then a large number of …

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Feb 04 2013

Ana Lama

Update: Sign a petition calling for justice for Lama here. Cleric sheikh Fayhan Al Ghamdi, a regular on Islamic channels, was absolved and made to pay blood money (only half of what he would have had to pay had he killed a boy) for raping and torturing his five year old daughter Lama last October; he had custody …

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Feb 04 2013

The day the music died

Did you hear about Pragash Band, an all girls rock band from Kashmir, which has had to stop singing after receiving a string of death and rape threats as well as a fatwa against them by the Grand Mufti for being “un-Islamic”, “immoral” and “for spreading obscenity”…   Just in case you haven’t quite understood the severity …

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Feb 03 2013

One Law for All statement on Jewish court

Below is One Law for All’s Statement on High Court Beth Din Case: A High Court judge in London last week approved the decision of a Beth Din Council in New York. The anonymous couple were in dispute over access to children and asked the High Court judge to agree to allow them to refer …

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Feb 01 2013

A new letter about Iran Stoning case and her imprisoned lawyer

Friday 1 February 2013 (Persian date: Bahman 13th 1391) Today, the International Committee against Stoning received the following urgent appeal from Tabriz prison about Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and her lawyer Javid Houtan Kian who languish in the Iranian prison under severe security control. “Here’s the notorious prison of Tabriz. I am taking …

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