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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 26 2013

Upcoming June schedule

Updated 2 June UPCOMING EVENTS 11 June 2013, Talk on Multiculturalism, Child Protection in Britain: Sharia law and other failures, London Join One Law for All Spokesperson Anne-Marie Waters and Baroness Caroline Cox who will be speaking about One Law for All’s newest report on the state of children’s rights in Britain on 11 June …

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May 26 2013

Secularism is my right; freedom is my culture

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Below is my speech at the May 2013 Women in Secularism conference in Washington DC. Participants joined in an action to defend Amina Tyler, Imad Iddine Habib, Bangladesh’s bloggers and Alex Aan (photo on left).   * The outrage over the attempted assassination of 15 year old Malala Yousefzai shot by the Taliban for defending …

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May 26 2013

Kiss me

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In response to a public announcement by subway officials for people to “act in accordance with moral rules” after security cameras spotted a couple kissing, 100 protesters converged on an Ankara subway station and kissed! The kissing protesters also chanted and held signs saying “Free Kisses”. Now that’s how to do things! It echoes the …

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May 25 2013

Hands off our Amina!

Act of solidarity with Amina, Bangladeshi Bloggers, Alex Aan and Imad Iddine Habib at Women in Secularism conference in May 2013

Here’s an update from the campaign to defend Amina. FEMEN Tunisia activist Amina has been arrested and faces imprisonment. We must act to support her now. More details to follow. Here’s the letter: Hello to all of you. Thanks to you, we were able to collect 4730-euro. We collected 5525 USD (less 442 USD of indiegogo expenses …

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May 25 2013

Support those defying Islamism

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The wonderful Karima Bennoune remembers those killed 40 days after the Boston bombings and calls for condemnation of Islamism. She says: I would ask anyone who wants to support the rights of people of Muslim heritage in the United States in the wake of the Boston bombings, please do not so by explaining that jihadist …

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May 25 2013

On Woolwich: Islamism is the problem

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Anything can be justified – a war on Iraq or bombs on buses and decapitations on the streets of London. But having justifications doesn’t necessarily bring legitimacy or mean that they are true. Just as the Iraq war was not about the liberation of Iraqi women or weapons of mass destruction, the cold-blooded murder of …

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May 15 2013

Away until 22 May 2013

I will be away until 22 May attending the 17-19 May 2013 Women in Secularism 2 Conference in DC. More information available here. I’ll be speaking on “apostasy from Islam” on Saturday morning and then on “Freedom – not Islamism – is my culture” in the afternoon. I’ll also be meeting with Muslimish activists in the DC …

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May 15 2013

Message from Imad: In Mickey Mouse we Trust

Dear friends During these hard days of fear, insomnia, and pain, in hiding from authorities as well as fanatics, I have spent many nights expecting to be beaten, killed or caught. I know the real impact of my actions. They are afraid, dear friends; their dogmas and norms are so weak that they cannot stand …

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May 15 2013

I support International Imad Day

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Today is International Imad Day to stand with 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib who has received threats after his establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco and to exert pressure on the Moroccan government to guarantee his security and respect freedom of expression and thought. Rather than prosecute freethinkers, the government should prosecute …

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May 09 2013

Evening drinks in London with Gita Sahgal

Tonight, 9 May 2013, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain has organised evening drinks with Gita Sahgal, Executive Director of Centre for Secular Space. 6:30-8:00pm at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. Entry is £3; £1 for unwaged, which can be paid at the door. All are welcome. Author Rumy Hasan …

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May 04 2013

Today’s Altab Ali Day 2013

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This year the annual Altab Ali Day will be held today on Saturday 4 May 2013, 5pm to commemorate the murder of Altab Ali, a Bengali clothing worker, in 1978, by a gang of racist thugs. The event will take place on Saturday 4th May, at 5.15pm, At the “Shahid Minar” Altab Ali Park, Adler …

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May 04 2013

Amina: No more moral lessons

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Here is the latest photo from Amina Tyler of FEMEN Tunisia. No More Moral Lessons, indeed! You can donate to support Amina here; I just did. Amina continues her protests in Tunisia. On 1 May, Amina and other activists protested against the representatives of the Congress Party for the Republic Moncef Marzouki, including against the …

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May 04 2013

International Imad Day

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Since 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco (the first public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion), he has received numerous threats. Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas (the highest government religious institution headed by the King) issued a fatwa decreeing the death penalty for …

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May 02 2013

Fitnah targets Islam; “ready to cause affliction”

My interview with Women’s eNews on Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation has just been published under the title Fitnah targets Islam; “ready to cause affliction”. You can read the full interview here.

May 02 2013

Abuse of worker rights hallmark of Iranian regime

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From Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran Newsletter, My Voice. This edition’s contributor: Bahram Soroush, Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran Systematic abuse of worker rights has been a hallmark of the regime in Iran since its very inception. At the heart of the attack against workers is subjection of workers …

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May 01 2013

Saudi advertising campaign not enough

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Monica Lanfranco has written an article in Italy’s Il Fatto Quotidiano on the first Saudi campaign against domestic violence here. A poster of the educational campaign can be seen above. In the article she quotes me saying: This anti-violence campaign in Saudi Arabia is clearly in response to the public outrage over the death of …

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May 01 2013

You better not touch him

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The last email the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain received from 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib, the founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco (the first atheist organisation in a country with Islam as a state religion), spoke of more threats and a final warning from the Moroccan government. In the email, he …

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May 01 2013

Must Reads – Bangladesh Bloggers and Sharia law

A must read is Avijit Roy’s piece on Bangladesh’s bloggers on Mukto Muna entitled No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame. See Sudanese ex-Muslim Nahla Mahmoud’s article on Sharia courts entitled Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed policies here.  

May 01 2013

Sharia: What’s Going On?

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One Law For All and the Lawyers’ Secular Society are pleased to announce a student research competition on the subject of sharia law. The competition is sponsored by the National Secular Society and the winner will receive a prize of £300. The winner and the two runners-up will have their essays published in full on …

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