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Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 27 2013

Britain should ban the niqab

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Here’s me on Channel 4thought.tv on whether Britain should ban the niqab/burqa? Err yes. See it here. By the way, Fitnah’s third issue is almost ready for publication and will focus on secularism. It’s good to remind everyone to look at the November issue of Unveiled which focused on the veil and burqa. I am posting …

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Nov 27 2013

The Ex-Muslims: Leaving the Faith

Finally, a decent programme on ex-Muslims and leaving the faith by Sarfraz Manzoor on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to it here.

Nov 26 2013

CEMB November Update: Apostasy, Sex Segregation and Islamist Double-Speak

Hello APOSTATES IN ISLAM REPORT The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and Atheist Alliance International have published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, …

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Nov 26 2013

British Universities shouldn’t condone this kind of gender segregation

British Universities shouldn’t condone this kind of gender segregation, The Guardian, Comment is Free, 26 November 2013 [external link]

Nov 26 2013

New Report: Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Atheist Alliance International have just published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, reviews legislation and government policies …

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Nov 26 2013

Why We Believe in Gods in Urdu

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Andy Thomson, author of the groundbreaking book, Why We Believe in Gods, is making the Urdu translation of the book available free of charge: WhyWeBelieveInGods_Urdu_Translation . Print copies of the book will also be available for purchase via the CEMB with proceeds going to the organisation.

Nov 23 2013

Rescind endorsement of sex segregation at UK universities

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UPDATE: * There will be a protest at Universities UK offices in London on 10 December 2013, International Human Rights Day, to oppose sex segregation. You can join Facebook Events Page here. * Teams of Sex Apartheid Busters are being organised to break segregation wherever it is instituted. To join, email [email protected]  Universities UK (UUK) has …

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Nov 23 2013

Sex apartheid not discriminatory?

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Universities UK, a “representative” body of UK Universities, has issued guidelines on external speakers saying that the segregation of the sexes at universities is not discriminatory as long as both men and women are segregated side by side rather than women being made to sit in the back! The guidance states: Assuming the side-by-side segregated seating …

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Nov 22 2013

Walking a tightrope: Between the pro-Islamist Left and the far-Right

Opposing Sharia and Islamism in the west is like walking on a tight rope most of the time – thwarting attacks from the Left, refuting cultural relativism, preventing alliances with the far-Right, explaining the issues ignored by government and the media, mobilising support for secularism and citizenship whilst opposing racism and xenophobia, and making linkages …

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Nov 21 2013

Lib Dems: Wrong Answer, Again!

Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, was threatened after speaking out against Sharia law including by Salah al Bandar (or Salah al Bander) who has until recently been a Liberal Democrat Councillor and is currently an esteemed member. Details of his threats can be found here as can information on his dubious background here. …

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Nov 21 2013

Open Letter to Stop the War Coalition on Agnès Mariam de la Croix

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Here’s an open letter to Stop the War Coalition that I signed which (yet again) highlights their support of those who defend oppressive regimes like Iran’s and Syria’s. The open letter was published here. You can read it below. By the way, here’s a good article by James Bloodworth on this issue saying she is …

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Nov 19 2013

Iran: Stop the execution of Zaniar and Loghman Moradi Now

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Zaniar and Loghman Moradi are two political prisoners who were arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death for ‘enmity against God’ after being accused of murdering the son of a cleric in Marivan, Iranian Kurdistan. They have written frequent open letters from prison; in one letter to Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the …

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Nov 13 2013

Unveiled: Neither Veil nor Submission

Fitnah’s November issue of Unveiled (Volume 1, Issue 2) has now been published and can be found here: fitnah-UNVEILED-nov13. editor: Maryam Namazie design by: Kiran Opal Content includes: The veil is nothing but the flag of the Muslim far-right, An interview with Algerian sociologist Marieme Helie Lucas. In this must-read interview, Marieme Helie Lucas says: “If we …

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Nov 05 2013

My speaking engagements this month

I will be speaking in Brighton tomorrow 6 November at a meeting organised by the Brighton Secular Humanists at 730pm at Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton University, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0JY. More information available here. After that I will be speaking at NYU during 15-16 November at the Global Secularisms Conference at New York …

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Nov 02 2013

The show will go on

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The show will go on. The 5th Passion for Freedom Festival will take place as planned from 02 November 2013 even though the original venue – out of sheer cowardice – pulled out last minute. The festival will now be held at: Embassy Tea Gallery 195-205 Union Street London SE1 0LN (Closest underground Southwark) The …

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Nov 01 2013

Forbidden Talk: Atheism in Middle East

See an interview with me on Levant TV’s “Forbidden Talk” programme on “Atheism in the Middle East.” Levant TV is a new channel with a focus on the Middle East. Here’s to the day when speaking about atheism doesn’t end up on the forbidden talk section of a TV channel. With atheism on the rise in the …

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