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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 22 2013

Marseilles and Boston

I haven’t been able to blog at all recently as my son is off from school and it is near impossible to do anything other than swimming (for 6 hours straight), eating ice cream, or watching Wreck it Ralph for the 100th time. FYI, I’ll be speaking in Marseilles this Saturday and Boston next weekend …

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Aug 14 2013

CEMB needs your support

Dear Friend PROTECT NAHLA MAHMOUD Following her interview on Channel 4 on Sharia law, Islamists have threatened Sudanese secular campaigner and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) Co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud with death, calling her a ‘Kafira’ and ‘Murtada’ who has offended Islam and brought “fitnah”. The threats have been reported to the police who have …

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Aug 12 2013

New website on Islam and Quran

A Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain member, The Rationaliser, has a new website to help with research on Islam or the Quran. Features include: 1: Search 2: Ability to view each verse word-by-word and to see where else in the Quran the same Arabic word is used (helps with context) 3: Verses have links to …

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Aug 10 2013

I’m in Edinburgh this weekend

I will be speaking in Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow 11 August 2013 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at: The Jam House, 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE at Skeptics on the Fringe Festival. I’ll be speaking on “Secularism is my right; freedom my culture”. More details here. I know I’ve received a lot of responses to my two recent blog …

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Aug 09 2013

Finally a good use for the burka

A mild mannered teacher becomes the burka avenger when her school is threatened with being shut down by Islamists, armed with pens and books: Finally a good use for the burka… You can find out more about the TV programme being shown in Pakistan here. (Via Monica Lanfranco)

Aug 09 2013

Enough about white men!

Alex Gabriel’s recently compiled list called “100 of Britain and Ireland’s Secular Thinkers You Should Know About, Who Aren’t White Men” includes some really wonderful people (many of whom I have worked with closely). It also includes people who are not so great. Given the inconsistencies, it does give me a sense of a “racism …

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Aug 09 2013

Report them!

I haven’t been following the cases of sexual harassment and assault at Skeptic conferences or organisations very carefully but don’t understand why those who have been accused of committing a crime are not reported to the police? If a crime has been committed (and they are crimes unless it’s a sharia court) it’s important to take …

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Aug 09 2013

I stand with Raif Badawi

Aug 05 2013

Amina’s first interview after prison

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Here’s Amina’s first interview with FEMEN’s Inna Shevchenko after her release from prison. She still awaits a trial for outstanding charges and isn’t completely safe or free so we need to remain vigilant:

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Aug 05 2013

The solution for humanity

In case you didn’t realise it, the solution for humanity is very simple and it comes in the form of an Islamic smartphone: the peace mobile. You can find out more below though I would think the less of Islamic anything we have, the more peaceful it will all be be but that’s just me… …

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Aug 02 2013

Support Picnic during Ramadan

An initiative in Algeria is organising a picnic during Ramadan to stand up to the inquisition and defend freedom of conscience. They are protesting the harassment of those who do not choose to observe fasting during Ramadan. The picnic will be held on August 3, 2013 at 12pm in Algeria.   Many Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, …

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Aug 02 2013

On Raif Badawi: When is it going to end?

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I reported on Raif Badawi before here. The founder of a website calling for religious liberalisation has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. How does someone survive 600 lashes? Since they couldn’t execute him for apostasy as was initially planned, they hope to kill him with 600 lashes (150 at a …

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Aug 02 2013

Protect Nahla Mahmoud

Following an interview on Channel 4 on Sharia law, Islamists have threatened Sudanese secular campaigner and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud with death, calling her a ‘Kafira’ and ‘Murtada’ who has offended Islam and brought “fitnah”. The threats have been reported to the police who have closed the case and advised that nothing could be …

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Aug 02 2013

Amina is free; viva Amina

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Amina has been freed though she still faces charges. Her lawyer said: “Amina is still on trial for desecrating the cemetery but the public indecency and forming an alliance to assault properties and individuals charges have been dropped.” Congratulations to FEMEN and all those who fought to free her. We must continue the fight until …

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