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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29 2013

Rouhani smiles abroad whilst executions stepped up in Iran

Whilst Rouhani smiles abroad, executions have been stepped up in Iran according to Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Execution. Since the election at least 213 prisoners have been executed. 27 were executed in the past two weeks. There are plans to execute 26 political prisoners imminently. Rouhani was quoted saying he wanted to …

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Sep 28 2013

Statement on the takfir campaign against activist Nahla Mahmoud

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Below is a statement by several Sudanese rights activists against Salah Al Bandar’s takfir campaign against Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud. Takfir is an originally Arabic word that literally means pronouncement of unbelief against someone; it is similar to the ecclesiastical concept of ‘excommunication’. Takfir in Islam is a justification for capital punishment. Drawing on …

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Sep 27 2013

We look forward to continuing our fight

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Dear Friend, We are writing to give you an update on One Law for All. Rights for All Turkey First, let’s begin with the good news. We are very pleased to announce that Rights for All Turkey is being established to defend secularism and equal rights in that country. It’s an important development given the …

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Sep 26 2013

Rights for All – Turkey has been established

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The Rights For All – Turkey (HERKES ICIN AYNI YASA – TURKIYE) affiliated with One Law For All is being established to promote a secular legal system and challenge religion’s increasing role in the judiciary in Turkey. The campaign will highlight discrimination against women, charges of blasphemy and government “reforms” that aim to weaken Turkish …

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Sep 25 2013

Ask Rouhani: why don’t you free Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani?

I want to hold my children in my arms. Please help me! For three years I have been consumed by longing for liberty and the chance to breathe freely. They told me that if I collaborated on a film for Press TV, I would be released. Press TV made its film and went on its …

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Sep 24 2013

Terrorism and the burka

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I don’t need to tell you what has happened in the past few days. In Nairobi, Islamists have attacked innocent civilians out for a day shopping. They said they were there to kill non-Muslims “only” but of course as is always the case, they killed anyone and everyone they could, including Muslims. In Nigeria, Boko …

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Sep 20 2013

You’re not Muslims

These handful of burka-clad women “respond” to the debate on the burka-ban on behalf of “Muslim women.” Listen to their vile rhetoric. They do not represent Muslim women” but Islamism. The burka symbolises everything Islamism wants at the expense of countless human beings, many of them Muslim. Oh sorry I forgot, it’s a “right” and …

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Sep 20 2013

Remembering Irtaza

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Here’s my tribute to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s young member and activist Irtaza Hussain who tragically committed suicide on 11 September. I gave it at last night’s evening drinks event with philosopher Arif Ahmed: Irtaza was an active member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. In his membership statement he wrote: “Islam …

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Sep 19 2013

I won’t cover my hair

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Amira Osman Hamed says: I’m Sudanese. I’m Muslim, and I’m not going to cover my head. Today, 19 September, she faces trial in the Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab and will be flogged if convicted. She says she’s prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance …

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Sep 19 2013

To ban or not to ban the burka

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Again the “veil controversy”. And as usual full of misinformation and deception. Let me clear a few things up: First off, no one is calling for an all-out ban on the veil though proponents often give this impression. Even the French ban is not an all-out ban; it merely bans all “conspicuous religious symbols” – …

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Sep 18 2013

Ex-Muslim Council 19 September Event

Just a reminder that we will be having a meetup for apostate asylum seekers and refugees followed by evening drinks with philosopher Arif Ahmed tomorrow 19 September from 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 …

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Sep 18 2013

Insult to humanity

I have written about Raif Badawi, the wonderful Saudi blogger and website editor calling for religious liberalisation who was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison and given 600 lashes (600!) for “insulting Islam”. His wife and three children have been forced to flee the country. Here’s what she says: What’s important now is that …

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Sep 18 2013

Pharbin Malik

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s forum has just published an article to commemorate 16 year old Pharbin Malik from Birmingham who was killed by her father in 1989 for leaving Islam. It says: Pharbin Malik was sixteen years old when she died on a street in Birmingham, England, in 1989. She was killed by …

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Sep 13 2013

Human essence of Syria’s revolution

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat who fingers were broken by Asad has an exhibition in London. He says the “exhibition is about the essence of the revolution – it’s human and creative side, which the media ignores. Wherever I go I try and show this hidden part of my people’s culture.” He adds: “I am not …

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Sep 13 2013

No right to oppress

Sharia courts are oppressive; there is no right to oppress. Here’s a recent interview I did with the Edinburgh Secular Society on Sharia court and on secularism:

Sep 12 2013

March for secularism

Don’t forget to join the March and Rally for Secularism on Saturday 14th September 2013. We will assemble at 12.30pm in Temple Place, next to Temple Tube Station, the March will start at 1.00pm and end in a Rally at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at around 2pm. Confirmed speakers include Sue Cox (Survivors Voice), …

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Sep 12 2013

Secular Nation Podcast

You can hear my interview with Secular Nation, which was recorded at the recent Atheist Alliance of America conference in Boston. My interview starts from 7:59 minutes. We discuss multiculturalism, the Left, the far-Right, Islamism… (Thanks to @Dofang)

Sep 12 2013

Journalist of the year

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I won “Journalist of the Year” for my blogging at today’s prestigious 2013 Dods Women in Public Life Awards. I was massively surprised (and pleased) given that other shortlisted candidates included “national treasure” BBC Olympics presenter Claire Balding. Other winners at the award ceremony were the wonderful Malala Yousafzai (International Women’s Rights Champion); Michelle McDowell …

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Sep 06 2013

Lottery indeed

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Here is a small Iranian girl giving a sermon in defence of the Quran: I find the use of children in promoting religion or the labelling of children as having a religion particularly sickening; it’s an insidious form of child abuse. As Mansoor Hekmat says in his brilliant piece in defence of children’s rights: The …

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Sep 06 2013

We too yearn for freedom

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The outrage over the attempted assassination of 15 year old Malala Yousefzai shot by the Taliban for defending girls’ education; the mass protests against Islamists for the assassination of Socialist leader Chokri Belaid and Amina Tyler’s topless activism in Tunisia where she wrote “My body is not the source of your honour” and “fuck your …

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