Category Archive: Sharia

May 30 2012

Sharia law: neither equal nor free

Here’s a letter being sent out today by my One Law for All co-spokesperson Anne Marie Waters: Dear friend Update on Baroness Cox’s Equality Bill One Law for All has been spending a lot of time recently working with Caroline Cox and her team in promoting the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equalities) Bill. The aim …

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May 07 2012

Often, the silence is deafening

I have just returned from the Center For Inquiry’s Rhine River cruise where Richard Dawkins, Ronald A Lindsay and I were speaking. I gave two talks – one on Sharia law, Islamophobia and Secularism and the other on Free Expression and Islam. Here’s my speech on Sharia law: My talk today is on Sharia law, …

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Apr 11 2012

Nightmare week

This week I have been dealing with a number of really heart-wrenching cases. Apart from the asylum cases that need support, and desperate emails and calls from people living under Islamism who fear for their lives and want to flee, I am also working on a case of a young woman (under 18 and a …

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Mar 16 2012

Poor Little Victims (yeah right!)

At the Queen Mary talk two nights ago, I had yet another Sharia apologist come up to me and ask whether I would be willing to debate the pro-Sharia lobby so that there can be a ‘fair’ hearing on the issues. Well I have always ‘debated’ with Islamists when possible (knowing full well that they …

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Feb 06 2012

You don’t need to speak Arabic to know that Sharia stinks

I had a ball in Sheffield when I went to speak about Sharia law at the invitation of the Sheffield Humanist group. Some Islamists came to the meeting to try and win their case. Poor things. They spent the entire time giving me the evil eye and whispering about their strategy and all they could …

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Jan 17 2012

Why remove One Law for All’s name?

On the cancellation of our talk, New Humanist magazine wrote: Yesterday evening, a talk on “Sharia Law and Human Rights” organised by the Atheism, Secularism and Humanism Society at Queen Mary, University London, had to be cancelled after threats of violence. The talk was due to be given by Anne Marie Waters of the One …

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Jan 16 2012

The Guardian’s at it again

The Guardian  is at it again. It has published yet another article by David Shariatmadari on how a ‘leading barrister’ says ‘Sharia is compatible with human rights’. If you read the article though, it hard to find much evidence on how it is compatible other than that this is the barrister’s ‘interpretation’. So we’re back …

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Jan 16 2012

ACLU: How can you simultaneously defend sharia and rights?

One Law for All co-spokesperson Anne Marie Waters has just sent off a letter to the the ACLU criticising its support or sharia law. In the letter she asks: ‘I am interested to know how the ACLU intends to square the circle on this, and how you can simultaneously support the application of sharia law …

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Jan 12 2012

Scientific proof that women cannot talk and remember at the same time

Sharia law is the same everywhere. Iran, Britain, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia – that is if it’s Sharia. And under Sharia law a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s so you always need two women for every man, not just in financial transactions – as its proponents deceptively say (as if that’s not …

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Jan 10 2012

Women cane morality police

Islamists have been harassing shop owners and female customers in rural towns around Egypt for ‘indecent behaviour’ and enforcing Sharia law. Shop owners have been told they can no longer sell ‘indecent’ clothing, barbers can no longer shave men’s beards, and customers ordered to veil and threatened with severe punishment if they did not abide …

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Jan 09 2012

Religiously Sanctioned Paedophilia

The Director General of the Census Bureau in Hormozgan announced that there had been five marriages of girls under the age of 10 in the Iranian province. Latest national statistics for children ‘married’ under the age of 14 in Iran is 24,506 girls and 5, 519 boys. The total number of marriages from 10-18 years …

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Dec 24 2011

We intend to step up pace against Sharia law in 2012

Dear Friend, We want to thank you for your support throughout 2011 and to give you a reminder of the important steps we took throughout the year, none of which would have been possible without you. One of the most significant events this year was the introduction of the Arbitration and Mediation (Equality) Bill which …

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Dec 15 2011

Debate: Sharia law negates human rights

Here’s the video of the debate at UCL on 8 December 2011 entitled Sharia Law Negate Human Rights: (Thanks to Richard Francis for videotaping and uploading.)

Dec 15 2011

They deserve it! They defied culture and religion!

Indonesian sharia police arrested more than 60 youth at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, and forced them to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray (definitely not the same as my extending a handshake in case you were wondering). Now there are …

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Dec 12 2011

Beheading is not real Islam or Sharia!?

According to a Saudi Interior Ministry statement, a woman, Amina Bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was beheaded today in the northern province of Jawf for ‘practising witchcraft and sorcery’. Yes beheaded and yes for witchcraft and sorcery. Oh but according to the Ahmadiyyas who I debated last Thursday (and which I will be blogging about later today), …

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Dec 08 2011

The absurdity of debating Sharia law

I find it absurd that tonight – and for the umpteenth time – I must argue that Sharia law negates human rights at a ‘debate’. It reminds me of my ‘debates’ with campaigners at a women’s rights meeting more than 20 years ago. They kept excusing FGM as a cultural matter that needed to be …

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Dec 05 2011

Talaq via text

Under Sharia law, a man has unilateral right to divorce. He only needs to say ‘Talaq’ thrice and he’s scott free whereas women have very limited rights to divorce. With new technology it’s become even easier…

Dec 01 2011

Sharia law negates human rights

THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC On Thursday 8th of December, from 18:00-21:00 hours at UCL, 26 Bedford Way, London UCLU-Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society and One Law for All will be hosting a debate on a very important topic. The proponents of the motion will be arguing that Sharia Law negates …

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Dec 01 2011

Gulnaz pardoned… so she can marry her rapist

Hamid Karzai is pardoning Gulnaz, the Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence after she was raped. But don’t get too excited. He is pardoning her so she can marry her rapist! According to a statement from the presidential palace, ‘As the both sides [Gulnaz and the rapist] have agreed to get married to each …

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Nov 30 2011

Invitation to legislate misogyny

The lying Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (also known as a Sharia court) has been sending out letters to lawyers inviting them to legislate misogyny. As I’ve explained countless times, sharia law – or any religious law for that matter – is discriminatory and unfair (at best), and medieval and barbaric (when it’s at its best). Yes, Sharia’s family …

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