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 University. For more details, visit here.

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 posts, which I promise I’ll respond to as soon as I can by Monday evening latest.

I am away for a week

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am away this week and won’t be blogging.

I’ll be at the below events the following week:

25 February 2013
Ex-Muslim apostate and refugee meet-up group from 11:30am-1:00pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email [email protected]

February 26, 2013
Birmingham Reason Week
26 February 2013 Birmingham, UK Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Birmingham University Reason Week on 26 February hosted by the Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society on Apostasy and Freedom of Conscience from 1900-2030 hours. Arts Building LR7.

February 28, 2013
London Ex-Muslim Women’s Luncheon
The ex-Muslim women’s group will meet for lunch on 28 February from 1130am-1:30pm in central London. To RSVP, email [email protected]

Where I’ll be this month

I’ll be at the following places this month:

Tomorrow 3 November 2012, I’ll be attending and speaking at One Law for All’s Passion for Freedom Art Festival private view from 6.30-9.30pm. More details here.

During 8-11 November 2012 I will be speaking at the Jersey Human Rights Festival on the human rights situation in Iran, censorship and Sharia law. More details here.

On 17 November 2012 I’ll be attending a private luncheon to celebrate the CEMB forum‘s 5th anniversary.

During 30 November – 2 December 2012 I will be speaking at a two-day symposium organised by the Institute of Humanist Studies entitled ‘Does theism have an impact on public policy and, if it does, what is it and how should humanists respond to this situation?’ held on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas.

In between I have decided I will be learning how to drive – I’ve given myself from now until end December to do it so better stay off the roads if you can…

Ex-Muslim Women Coffee Morning

Ex-Muslim Women’s Coffee Morning

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is organising a second meet-up for ex-Muslim women after the summer term to provide a safe space for meeting like-minded friends and discussing concerns. The second meet-up will be held on Friday 7 September from 11:30am-1pm in central London.

If you would like to join us, email Maryam Namazie at [email protected] or call 07719166731 for further details.

Coffee morning for ex-Muslim women

Join the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s
Coffee Morning for Ex-Muslim Women

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is organising monthly coffee mornings for women who want to meet like-minded ex-Muslims to chat, discuss concerns and make new friends.

The first coffee morning will be held this Friday 13 July from 11:30am-1pm in central London.

If you would like to join us, email Maryam Namazie at [email protected] for further details.

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919 London WC1N 3XX
Telephone: +44(0)7719166731
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ex-muslim.org.uk

I’ll be on Aljazeera’s The Stream tonight

Al Jazeera’s social media-driven show, The Stream, will be speaking with Richard Dawkins on atheism, religion and culture tonight. It goes live at 19:30 GMT (8:30 p.m. in London). I’ll be participating in a Google+ Hangout panel which can ask Dawkins questions and make comments.

I’ve never used Google+ before but hopefully I’ll be able to join without a hitch.

You can join in the discussions via Twitter #AJStream.

It’s on Saturday

Join us to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on Saturday 23 June 2012 from 13.00-16.00hours in London.

There is still space so book your tickets today if you can join us!

Speakers and acts include:
Renowned Philosopher AC Grayling
Writer and Documentary-maker Gita Sahgal
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite
Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Best-selling Author of A Universe From Nothing
Anti-Injustice Movement Poet Lilith
DV8 Physical Theatre Director Lloyd Newson with a clip from Can we Talk about This?
Dancer Maryam Freeflower
CEMB Founder and Campaigner Maryam Namazie
Magician Neil Edwards
Singer and Songwriter Shelley Segal

Ticket(s) for the event, which includes a three-course meal and glass of wine at a wonderful Italian restaurant, are £45.00 per person or £35.00 for students/unwaged.

If you are unable to attend the luncheon but would like to help, please donate or organise an event on 23 June, such as a coffee morning or a luncheon party in your home or a local cafe, to raise much needed funds for the CEMB.

You can also send a message of support to the CEMB to [email protected] All messages will be published.

To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to CEMB to BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX or pay via Paypal or Worldpay. Please make sure to include an email address and/or telephone number so that further details can be provided. Additional donations are welcome to help ensure the attendance of CEMB volunteers at the event.

For more information, please contact:
Maryam Namazie
Spokesperson
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
[email protected]
www.ex-muslim.org.uk

Where do you draw the line?

On 26 May 2012 from 4.30 – 6pm at the Brighton Dome, Pavilion Theatre, I will be joining a panel discussion staged by Index on Censorship and Free Word as part of this year’s Brighton Festival called ‘Where do you draw the line?’

Open dialogue is the key to a healthy, cohesive society, but some fear the disruptive, dangerous potential of truly free speech. Inspired by themes of DV8’s show Can We Talk About This? the event presents an interactive conversation about how, when and why we censor ourselves. Chaired by Kenan Malik, author of From Fatwa to Jihad and regular guest on The Moral Maze, the discussion moves between panellists and the audience using electronic polling terminals, with poll results screened live.

To buy tickets and for more information, click here.

Kamloops here I come

I am off to Kamloops, BC Canada to speak at the Imagine No Religion 2 Conference being held during 18-20 May 2012. For more information on the conference, click here. It’s been sold out.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of the greats there (I’ll be seeing PZ again, yay!) but am not looking forward to the long journey and I am going to give power point another try…

I’ll be back on 22 May and may not be able to blog until then.

I’m off for a week

As I mentioned before, I will be away 28 April – 6 May 2012 during which time I’ll be joining the Centre for Inquiry’s River Cruise to speak about Sharia law and Secularism as well as Free Expression and Islam. Other speakers will be Richard Dawkins and Ronald Lindsay.

Here’s more details.

I will have access to the internet and will try and blog regularly.

I’ll try to work really hard and not have too much fun.

 

 

Sharia Law and Human Rights: Take Two

Tomorrow is 14 March – International Day to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates.

To mark the day, Anne Marie Waters and I will be speaking on ‘Sharia Law and Human Rights’ at Queen Mary.

Sounds familiar?

Yup; this is a repeat of the meeting that was cancelled by organisers in January after Islamist threats.

Well we’re going back there as there is no way in hell we will be silenced.

If you can join us, please do.

Because of security reasons, if you are not a student or staff at the university, you will need to register here beforehand to be admitted.

The event begins at 7pm in the Skeel Lecture Theatre in Francis Bancroft Building at Queen Mary, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

The meeting has been organised by the Queen Mary Atheist Society. For a map, click here.

Hope to see you there.

I am soon off to Manchester

I am soon off to Manchester for the QED Science and Skepticism Conference that will take place during 10-11 March 2012 at the Piccadilly Hotel. I’ll be speaking on Secularism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship on the Sunday. For more information on the conference, visit here. If any of you are coming, I’ll see you there!

Sharia Law – Divine Claims and Harsh Realities

I’m back from a really good panel discussion on secularism in Ghent. I’ll post my talk when I manage to type it up but am madly working with Sonya Barnett of SlutWalk to finish up the Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar, which is looking quite beautiful, thanks to Sonya. We’re sending it off to the printers tomorrow.

In case you are in London, Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer Sundas Hoorain and I will be speaking at the LSE KSW.1.04 opposite the Peacock Theatre tomorrow 5 March 2012, 7-8.30pm on “Sharia law – Divine claims and harsh realities” . The event is organised by the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. A map of the location can be found here. Hope to see some of you there.

Only secular values are universal

I am soon off to Ghent, where I will be speaking on a panel Saturday morning on whether there can be universal values other than secular ones. I think not. Here are details:

‘Freethinking Women’s Organisation of Oost-Vlaanderen’ has organised a debate on 3 March 2012 in Ghent, Belgium on ‘Can universal values be other than secular values?’ Speakers are: Muslim Feminist Nahed Selim, MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, and politician Ann Brusseel and campaigner Maryam Namazie. The event begins at 10.00am and will be held at Geuzenhuis gent, Kantienberg 9, 9000 Gent. Here is more information.

Will be back blogging on Sunday.

Sheffield and Stockholm

I will be speaking in Sheffield on Sharia law today. Details:

1 February 2012 Sheffield: Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a meeting organised by the Sheffield Humanist Society on Wednesday 1st February at The Friends Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The talk will be on “One Law for All, Sharia and Secularism”.

I leave on Friday for a talk in Stockholm on Saturday. Details:

4 February 2012 Stockholm: Sweden Maryam Namazie will be speaking on the ‘Arab Spring and Women’s Rights’ at a public meeting in Stockholm, Sweden at 13.00 hours. ABF huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm. For more information, contact: Afsaneh Vahdat, 070-246 84 54

If you are in Sheffield or Stockholm, maybe I’ll see you?

Thousands came out in over 100 cities

PR No. 55
August 28, 2010

August 28, 2010, registered as a historic day in the struggle against the barbarism of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Today, August 28, thousands of citizens in 32 countries came out in response to the call by the International Committee Against Stoning, the International Committee Against Execution, Mission Free Iran, and Iran Solidarity. The call was to demand the immediate freedom of Sakineh Ashtiani and all others condemned to stoning, as well as to protest the barbaric cruelty of the regime of Islamic Republic, specifically the medieval punishment of stoning.

The early news of today’s rallies around the world indicates that the call to action has been widely responded to – unprecedented in the similar category of international callouts. Citizens have come out in over 100 cities, carrying posters of Sakineh and others condemned to be stoned, listening to several speakers from different parties and organizations, and chanting slogans. At the end the rallies held so far, the Statement of the demonstration (see Appendix) has been confirmed by the participants with clapping or signing.

The Statement points to examples of 31 years of crime by the Islamic regime, from genocidal massacre of political prisoners to enforcing the pre-medieval Sharia (doctrinal) law, which, among other barbaric punishments, prescribes stoning for the ‘crime’ of adultery. The Statement goes on to demand: the immediate and unconditional release of Sakineh Ashtiani and all others condemned to stoning; the abolition as well as criminalization of stoning worldwide; not recognizing the Islamic Republic as the government of Iran, and expelling it from all international bodies; the trial by international courts of the leaders of the regime for 31 years of crime against humanity.

Hundreds of TV networks, radio stations and newspapers covered the news of the international day before the event. Several of them included in their coverage interviews with the leaders and activists of the campaign. The early news indicate that so far today the media has given the rallies wide coverage – some of them live and with interviews.

Post cards have been presented to the participants to buy and mail to the Secretary General of UN asking for Ahmadinejad not to let in the UN General Assembly session in September.

August 28 was thus made into a historic day of world protest against stoning, in particular, and the barbarism of the Islamic Republic, in general – a day on which the foundation was laid for wider solidarity with the people of Iran in order to bring down the vile Islamic regime.

We salute all the organizers of today’s international event as well as all those who participated in them, including personages, organizations and the media. We will gradually make available reports, photos and footages of the rallies.

Further, we hereby declare that our fight against stoning and the regime of stoning in Iran took a great step forward today, and thus put the people of Iran as well as the world in a more advantageous position to further the struggle. On this day, we proudly declare that we shall most resolutely continue this fight until Sakineh Ashtiani all those sentenced to stoning have been unconditionally freed, until stoning has been abolished around the world, until all criminal laws of the Islamic Republic have been complete revoked, and, indeed, until the regime itself has been brought down. This regime has been founded, and survived, on human blood shed by means of terror: from policing the people’s private lives in the most brutal ways to jailing, flogging, raping, torturing, executing (including minors, gays and lesbians), assassinating, massacring political prisoners, stoning, mutilating people in accordance with the pre-medieval, tribal Islamic Sharia law, …the list is almost endless in criminality. Such a terrorist regime must be brought down. We proudly declare that we shall continue the struggle most resolutely until this has been achieved.

International Committee Against Stoning
International Committee Against Execution

August 29, 2010

Appendix:

The Statement of the protest action of August 28, 2010 by
100 Cities Around the World Against Stoning

On August 28, 2010 one hundred cities around the world are rising up to protest the barbaric practice of stoning, as well as to save the life of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani in Iran. This day will be recorded in the annals of humanity as a manifestation of the protest, during the prior weeks, by millions of people across the globe against stoning as the most heinous form of medieval cruelty. It is a disgrace to humanity that, at the close of the first decade of the twenty-first century, stoning is still practiced in Iran and similar Islam-stricken countries. We, the citizens of 100 cities, hereby unequivocally declare that this blot must be removed from the face of humanity immediately and permanently.

On this day we also protest against the regime of stoning in Iran. This regime has, during the 31 years of its existence, committed genocide, established a system of sexual apartheid in Iran, and made imprisonment, execution, torture, rape of political prisoners, and the rule of pre-medieval Islamic Sharia the law of the land. Such a regime is not the representative of the people of Iran. It is their murderer, and its leaders must be brought to trial before international tribunals for their crimes against humanity.

Further, the international protest of August 28 is yet another manifestation of the solidarity of people around the world with the people of Iran, who have heroically risen up to bring down the regime of stoning, the Islamic code of punishment (Qesaas), hijab, torture, and execution. We, the citizens of 100 cities worldwide, proudly declare that we consider ourselves the standard bearers of the universal front of humanity against barbarity. We support the struggles of the people of Iran against one of the cruellest regimes in the history of humankind. We, therefore, emphatically declare, on behalf of the world’s civilized humanity, that the path to the liberation of the Iranian people will not pass through threats or military action against the country but through the removal of the regime of the Islamic Republic by the power of the struggles of people in Iran and across the world.

The following are our common demands on August 28, 2010 throughout 100 cities of the world:

1- The immediate and unconditional freedom of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and all other prisoners in Iran sentenced to be stoned to death.

2- The abolition of stoning in Iran and elsewhere. We demand that the United Nations urgently adopt a specific resolution forbidding stoning as an inhuman punishment all over the world.

3- Not recognizing the Islamic regime of stoning in Iran as the government of that country and, thus, banning it from all international bodies.

4- Bringing to trial the perpetrators of stoning. Stoning is one of the most abominable forms of crime against humanity. Any individual, group, organization or state executing the punishment of stoning must be prosecuted and tried by international tribunals.

We continue our struggles until we have achieved all of these demands. As an immediate, primary step to that end, we demand that Mahmood Ahmadinejad, the president of the regime of stoning, be stopped from entering the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2010.