I’m back blogging

I am back blogging after a few weeks away. Thanks for all your kind messages and emails whilst I was taking time off to work out some personal problems. I had gotten used to just bulldozing ahead whilst my life fell apart so it was nice taking a break and sorting things out.

Everything is fine now – but I still need to get back into the groove of blogging daily…

Won’t be blogging until the end of the month

I won’t be blogging until the end of the month due to some personal problems I am trying to sort out.

I’ve also had to pull out of my speaking engagements this month so Nahla Mahmoud will be going to Reading Skeptics tomorrow and Sundas Hoorain will be speaking at the July 25 event on the Olympics’ failure to uphold gender equality and neutrality in my place.

Hopefully I’ll be blogging again soon.

Islam hasn’t been tarnished; humanity has

30 year old atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison and fined today, Thursday, for posting ‘there is no god’ on Facebook and being critical of Islam. He was found guilty of “deliberately spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity” under the Electronic Information and Transactions law.

Aan had been indicted with two other charges — persuading others to embrace atheism and blasphemy — and prosecutors had sought a three-and-a-half-year jail term for him but the court dropped these two.

According to the judge, “What he did has caused anxiety to the community and tarnished Islam.”

FYI, Islam’s not a person; Alex Aan is.

What the Indonesian court and government have done is to tarnish humanity itself.

This is not the end of the story – just the beginning.

Alex has to be freed. He has done nothing wrong except express his views.

Write to the Indonesian authorities today and tell them to review the case and free him now. You can find contact details here.

 

(News via Rafiq Mahmood)

I’m back from the dead

Well I’m sort of back from the dead. I haven’t blogged for a few days because I have been in a dark room with a massive migraine. But the pounding in my head has stopped and I am as good as new – at least for now.

I’ll be blogging again today after I go through the million and one emails waiting for me and I’ll be sure to look over your comments as soon as I can.

What I’m doing this month

I am away from tomorrow until Sunday as I am going to the Worker-communist Party of Iran’s congress. I won’t be blogging for that period as we won’t have personal access to phones and the internet. Try not to miss me too much.

Other things I am doing this month are:

3 March 2012, 10.00am Gent, Belgium Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a debate organised by ‘Freethinking Women’s Organisation of Oost-Vlaanderen’ on ‘Can universal values be other than secular values?’

5 March 2012, 7-8.30pm Maryam Namazie will be speaking on “Sharia law – Divine claims and harsh realities” at the LSE opposite to the Peacock Theatre. The event is organised by the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. A map can be found here.

10-11 March 2012 Manchester, UK Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the QED science and skepticism conference taking place in the Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester on the 10th-11th March 2012 on Secularism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship. For more information, visit here.

19 March 2012 Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London DV8: Can We Talk About This? with Inayat Bunglawala, Maryam Namazie and DV8′s Lloyd Newson Freedom of speech, multiculturalism and Islam; a panel discussion about the issues raised in the new production with guests Inayat Bunglawala, Founder and Chair of Muslims4UK, Maryam Namazie, campaigner and Spokesperson for One Law for All, and DV8′s Artistic Director Lloyd Newson. Tickets £4 (£3 concessions) Running time: 6-7pm For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. By the way it seems I am a character in the production so am excited to see it.

Have a good weekend.

Do you encounter long delays on my blog?

evilDoug has written to say that he often encounters long delays as my FTB pages load. He says:

I don’t have this problem with any of the other FTBs. I’m sorry I can’t provide any clues as to exactly what is happening. Part of the page will load, then it just stops for some time, showing “DONE” in the info line (I’m using Internet Explorer), then eventually begins again. Most strange. I have some small suspicion that it may have something to do with one of your share links, but that is a very small suspicion.

Anyone else having this problem?

We need nudity: In support of Golshifteh Farahani

Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani has posed nude for a Madame Le Figaro magazine photoshoot in a move that is seen to defend freedom of speech and oppose the strictures against women.

I unequivocally support Golshifteh Farahani.

We need nudity now more than ever to break the hold of Islam and Islamism in our lives particularly since Islam hates a woman’s body like nothing else…

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By the way, don’t forget that I am still collecting submissions for the Nude Revolutionaries Calendar in homage to Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. This is an important initiative that must be supported.

The hijab is not cultural, it’s compulsory!

Have you noticed how they are always able to ‘compromise’ when it comes to women’s rights? Well at least that’s what they call it. According to FIFA, the Football Federation, the hijab is cultural, thereby allowing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s women footballers to participate in the Olympics. [Read more…]

You can do something else for a few hours; site being upgraded tonight

Freethoughtblogs is being upgraded tonight starting at 10pm Eastern Time and will take 2-3 hours to complete; there may still be some intermittent problems that will need to be fixed. Hopefully things will be running smoothly soon. This should give you all a couple of hours to do something else?

A real passion for freedom!

One Law for All’s third edition art competition and exhibition held during 29 October – 5 November at Unit 24 Gallery in London was a huge success bringing together a shortlisted group of international artists addressing controversial topics such as female genital mutilation, executions of gays in Iran, censorship and the veil via painting, drawing, sculpture, film and installation. [Read more…]

I have chosen to speak up

Here are some testimonies from atheist ex-Muslims:

I left Islam at 16. I am at university now, but I am still “in the closet” about my atheism, worried about the reaction it would get from religious family members and friends. I still have to pretend to pray and wear the hijab. This has been frustrating, especially since I live in a mainly Muslim area of London. But through websites like this, knowing that there are people who have had similar experiences has been a great source of comfort. (SJ, London) [Read more…]

Hi

I am really excited about joining freethought blogs. Can’t wait.

In the next few days, I’ll be migrating my archives here (with lots of help on how to do it of course) so the full blog will be up and running soon.

I will now have to take my blogging more seriously – blogging amongst greats – which is a good thing because it usually gets put off with some campaign or the other. Let’s see how well I manage…