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Category Archive: Islam

Nov 21 2011

Some women are deficient in intelligence…

Mona Salah, an Egyptian parliament candidate for the Islamist Salafi Movement told Al-Sharq Alawsat (an Egyptian newspaper) ‘Women are deficient in mind and religion’* and are not permitted to have authority by taking on the position of Presidency.

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Nov 20 2011

Screams against Islamism

‘I will be celebrating my 27th birthday in a few days and as I enter into a new year of my life, I think it is time to renounce religion openly…The CEMB is doing a great job by providing a forum for Ex-Muslims and taking a stand against the brutality of this religion.’ – Hassan …

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Nov 19 2011

Forget breasts, cover those tempting eyes!

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The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (yes, it’s really their name), can order women with ‘tempting’ eyes to cover them up.

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Nov 17 2011

Maryam Namazie on 19 November Jinn and Tonic Show

Maryam Namazie has been confirmed as a guest co-host on “The Jinn and Tonic show” on November 19th, 2011. The Jinn and Tonic Show is a bi-weekly live Internet chat show discussing Islam, including calls from Muslims. It is the sister show of The Magic Sandwich Show and is akin to an Islamic oriented version …

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Nov 17 2011

Not to worry, the hidden imam will sort us out

Sign says: ‘Women’s entry into work and society has caused youth unemployment, their inability to marry, and corruption in the Islamic society. I give my condolences to all Muslims in Iran and the Mahdi*.’ [*The Mahdi is the hidden imam who just won’t come out of hiding until it’s the ‘End of Days’.

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Nov 11 2011

100 lashes for buttock squeeze or for not dying laughing?

The Islamophobia watch police have been busy criticising French weekly Charlie Hebdo for poking fun at Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, rather than condemning the firebombing of its offices for daring to speak about Islam. The ‘offending’ cover had Mohammad saying ’100 lashes if you don’t die laughing’. This they found completely inappropriate. However, around the same …

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Nov 09 2011

Love not Hate, Charlie Hebdo’s Brilliant Response

Thanks to Olav for sending me the cover of this week’s edition of Charlie Hebdo, the French publication firebombed last week for mocking Mohammad, Islam’s prophet. In this week’s issue, the publication is printing messages of solidarity including mine. The cover says Love is Stronger than Hate.

Nov 08 2011

Religious principles are not height of morality but immorality! On faith schools

Here is a short video clip on faith schools and religious morality from a programme I was on a while ago. Love Richard Dawkins’ intervention in the end on apostasy…

Nov 08 2011

Simplicity is killing us…

In September 2011, I spoke at a meeting on Sharia law in Copenhagen, Denmark organised by the Danish atheists. The discussion was on sharia law but as in most talks on the issue, I also dealt extensively with the far-Right, the racist scapegoating and blaming of immigrants and Muslims for the crimes of Islamism and …

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Nov 07 2011

Finally, a more woman-friendly Koranic verse (it had to be made up though)

You have all read or know of the famous Koranic verse or sura al-Nisa (The Women), which basically speaks of the ‘excellent’ status of women under Islam. It says things like how a women is worth half that of a man and that’s it’s alright to beat a disobedient woman (spare me any comments on …

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Nov 06 2011

Sorry but Islam and Mohammad are not off-limits

Charles Hebdo, the French publication that was firebombed a few days ago for mocking Islam and Islam’s prophet Mohammad is gathering messages of solidarity to publish in its next issue, which will be out this Wednesday in France. Here’s mine: No one has yet claimed responsibility for the firebombing of Charlie Hebdo’s office but the …

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Nov 04 2011

When the Hezbollah Came to my School: Why I Became an Atheist

For those of you who don’t know much about my background and why I became an atheist, my piece in 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we are Atheists may be an interesting read. It’s the first time I have published it on my blog below: I don’t remember exactly when I stopped being a Muslim. …

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Apr 28 2010

The fight for a secular society in Iran is intrinsically linked to the fight for a secular one in Britain

I received the following letter from ‘a group of students from Tehran University the other day. They wrote: ‘We are a group of Iranian students at Tehran University. We found about your group activity two years ago when you held an event on 10th of October 2008 (International day against the Death Penalty). We all …

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