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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 30 2013

Even pregnant women are immoral

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The absurdity continues. In Turkey, an Islamist or “Muslim thinker” as they are often called has said that pregnant women should stay home as “it’s disgraceful”, it’s “immorality”. The country’s highest religious body has said that whilst motherhood is a gift, pregnant women should dress more “modestly”. The misogynist comments have sparked protests, including by …

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Jul 30 2013

Many problems can be solved with sex slaves

If only someone had thought of it sooner. But better late than never I guess… (This is from 2011 by the way but too good to pass up on) A female Kuwaiti politician has called for the legalization of sex slavery, saying it would protect decent, devout and virile Kuwaiti men from adultery. And all …

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Jul 30 2013

Guardian’s all excited again

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The Guardian is all excited about the “election” of Hassan Rowhani in Iran. They think (and there is some truth in it) that we are afflicted with (even recent) historical amnesia. They did the same song and dance for Rafsanjani and Khatami and now Rowhani. Whilst the regime has stepped up its executions in order …

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Jul 30 2013

Time to say goodbye to executions

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I have not been able to blog for the past ten days and have much to write about. Most urgently I must tell you about the International Committee against Execution’s call for a two week campaign against executions in Iran during 22 July – 5 August 2013. You can see Mina Ahadi’s report on the …

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Jul 29 2013

My schedule for August

I will be in Edinburgh, Marseilles and Boston in August in case any of you can make the below. Here are more details: 11 August 2013 Edinburgh, Scotland 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at: The Jam House, 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE Maryam will be speaking at Skeptics on the Fringe Festival on “Secularism is my …

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Jul 28 2013

Trolling with Logic

I was on Trolling with Logic Sunday. We discussed religion, Islam, Sharia law, Islamism, and dissent on the show. You can download programme via Itunes, Feedburner (for Non-Itunes), and can download the MP3 directly here. More information here and below.

Jul 20 2013

Hope for Saudi women

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Did you hear the latest? Women in Hafar Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia have been banned from using the library. Their male guardian has to take out books for them. But not to worry – hope is on hand in the form of the findings of last year’s all-male conference on “women in society” pictured below. Or …

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Jul 18 2013

No one wants them

Here’s a good report on the opposition to Asad but also the Islamists in Syria. It says: “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria detained the media activist Mohammad Nour Matar on Tuesday evening outside its base… after he stood alongside a woman who tried to stage a sit-in,” Matar’s brother Amer told AFP. In …

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Jul 18 2013

Channel 4 – Report on this!

I wrote earlier about Channel 4′s daily call to prayer for Ramadan as much of the same old same old pandering to identity politics. In my previous post I mentioned how Channel 4 should report on the many who refuse to fast and who are threatened into fasting and still refuse. Here’s a great example of …

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Jul 18 2013

Plea of the families of 26 activists who have been sentenced to death!

Also below see Khaled Hardani’s family’s appeal to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations To Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations Secretary General of the United Nations, Receive the painful letter of these families whose children have been in exile, jail, and away from family and home, have been deprived of …

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Jul 18 2013

Iraqi Labour Unions Protest

Press release: by the Iraqi Labor Unions regarding the Interventions and Violations Carried out by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Violations to the freedoms of organization of unions is continuing and have been repeated in many procedures and practices of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, which inhibits the right of freedom …

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Jul 16 2013

Manchester and free expression

I am off to Manchester today to speak on “Freedom of Expression, Islam and Blasphemy”. The meeting is organised by Greater Manchester Humanists from 18:30 to 19:45 at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St., Manchester M2 5NS. For more information, click here. Hope to see some of you there!

Jul 14 2013

We need you to protest

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To all caring people around the world! On the left is is a picture of a nice young couple. This is Ali Mahin Torabi and his wife, in Turkey who are looking for a safe place to move to. Ali had been sentenced to death. In 2001 when he was 15 years old he asked …

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Jul 13 2013

22 days – 102 executions in Iran

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Jul 11 2013

Rage against stoning

Today is International day against Stoning. Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson for the International Committee against Stoning, has written a piece in Persian about it here. Real live human beings are still buried in a ditch and stoned until they are dead in the 21st century. In Iran, stoning someone to death isn’t illegal; it’s perfectly legal …

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Jul 11 2013

I will not vote any more

Here’s a satire from Mohammad Reza Aly Payam who can be seen performing his “I won’t vote any more” in Iran. It’s too long to translate all of it or to do it well but I’ve paraphrased a few lines so you get the gist of it. Brilliant! Even if they lift the ban on …

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Jul 09 2013

Riposte Laique and far-Right: We will fight Islamism and you too

Here is my response to Riposte Laique and far-Right-ers who blame Muslims for Islamism’s crimes and try to hijack the legitimate fight against Sharia and Islamism in order to promote their disgusting xenophobia and bigotry. As I say in my response: “You cannot fight Islamism, a far-Right movement, with another far-Right movement.” “We will fight …

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Jul 09 2013

Channel 4′s daily call to prayers for Ramadan same old, same old

Channel 4 is airing the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan every morning and also broadcasting a series of programmes about Ramadan. It says it is doing so as a deliberate act of “provocation” to challenge viewers who associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. Far from being provocative, however, it is just more of the …

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Jul 08 2013

Successful launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France

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The Council of Ex-Muslims of France held a successful launch in Paris hosted by Femmes Solidaires on 6 July 2013. The launch marked the torture and murder of young Frenchman Jean-François Lefevre de la Barre in 1766 for refusing to remove his hat while a religious procession passed by and was a reminder of the …

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Jul 08 2013

Rights within Islamic context? Thanks but no thanks

Here is my speech on Secularism as a right and historical task at Atheist Ireland’s Empowering Women through Secularism in Dublin: “The rest of us must live under sharia law – even in Europe – and be grateful for the veil as a ‘right’ and ‘choice’. We are only allowed freedom and rights within the …

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