Long live those who resist Israeli state and Islamist terrorism and stand together as people:
نقش مخرب مذهب در آموزش و پرورش
برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد٬ ۲ ژوئيه ۲۰۱۴
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى
مصاحبه با آليا سليم٬ فعال قانون برابر براى همه
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى
What isn’t wrong with Islamic and faith Schools?
Bread and Roses, 1 July 2014
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush
Interview with Aliyah Saleem who attended an Islamic school for 6 years in Britain and 1 year in Pakistan
One Law for All activist.
Director: Reza Moradi.
Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi.
This week’s Programme on Bread and Roses TV in Persian and English.
عدام براى حفاطت از دولت است نه جامعه
برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد٬ ۲۵ ژوئن ۲۰۱۴
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى
مصاحبه با سخنگوى کميته بين المللى عليه اعدام و سنگسار مينا احدى
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى
Execution Protects State not Society
Bread and Roses on New Channel TV, 25 June 2014
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush.
Interview with Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of International Committee against Execution and Stoning.
Director: Reza Moradi. Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi.
To see all the programmes, visit Bread and Roses TV channel on Youtube.
Join notable free-thinkers, atheists and secularists from around the world for a weekend of discussions and debates on the religious-Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity. The exciting two-day conference will discuss the Arab Spring, Sharia and religious laws, the limits of religion’s role in society, free expression, honour killings, apostasy and blasphemy laws, faith schools, women’s rights, secular values and much more.
The conference will be held at the Tower Hotel with spectacular views of the River Thames and the Tower of London. On the evening of 11 October, participants will enjoy cocktails followed by a delicious three-course meal and entertainment in the company of our speakers.
Distinguished speakers and acts:
An International Secular Manifesto and the establishment of a united front of secularists to meet future challenges will be the final outcome of the Conference. Conference contributions will also be published in a book.
The conference is endorsed by Atheist Alliance International; Children First Now; Center for Inquiry; Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran; Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation; International Committee against Stoning; International Committee against Execution; International Federation of Iranian Refugees; Iran Solidarity; One Law for All; Secularism is a Women’s Issue; The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK; and Women Living Under Muslim Laws amongst others.
کمتر از صد روز براى ثبت نام در کنفرانس تاريخى باقی است
۱۱-۱۲ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴
تاور هتل، لندن، انگلستان
آزاداندیشان و سکولاریستهای سرشناس از سراسر جهان در ۱۱ و ۱۲ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴ در تاور هتل لندن گرد هم میآیند تا درباره راست افراطى و اسلام سياسى، حملات آن به حقوق و آزادیهای مدنی، و نقش سکولاریسم در سرنوشت بشریت قرن حاضر به بحث و جدل بپردازند.
تمهاى مورد بحث انقلابات منطقه، شریعه و قوانین مذهب، آزادی بیان و ارتداد، قتلهاى ناموسی و ارزشهای سکولار و ديگر مسائل خواهد بود.
کنفرانس در تاور هتل با منظره تماشائی رود تیمز و برج لندن برگذار خواهد شد. در شب ۱۱ اکتبر ۲۰۱۴ از شرکت کنندگان در کنفرانس با مجموعهای از برنامههای متنوع سرگرم کننده و با شام مفصلی در مصاحبت با سخنرانان سرشناس ما پذیرائی خواهد شد.
اسامی سخنرانان به این شرح است (به ترتیب الفباى انگليسى):
اى سى گريلينگ، فیلسوف، استاد فلسفه و نويسنده
آمل فرح، سخنگوى سازمان قانون برابر براى همه و اکس مسلم بريتانيا و متولد سومالي
آمل گرامی، استاد دانشکده مانو در تونس. درسال گذشته او در صف مقدم مبارزه ای موفق درجهت عقب راندن محاصره اسلامى ها در دانشگاه بوده
آمينه السبوعى، فعال اعتراض برهنگى تونسى که بخاطر فعاليتهايش زندانى شد
بهرام سروش، فعال سیاسی، مفسر و تحلیل گر و مسئول روابط عمومى كمپين براي آزادي كارگران زنداني در ایران
بن باز عزيز، بلاگر مصرى که بخاطر بى خدايى در کويت زندانى شد
کارولاین فورت، نویسندۀ فرانسوی و سردبیر مجلۀ چپ
چيتان باط، مدیر مرکز مطالعات حقوق بشر در دانشکدۀ علوم سیاسی و اقتصادیِ اِل اس ای در لندن
کریس موس، فعال دانشجویی سکولار
الهام مانيا، نویسنده و فعال حقوق بشر يمنى
فريبرز پويا، بنيانگذار جامعه سکولار ايران و يکى از مجريان برنامه نان و گل سرخ
فاىسل سعيد المطعار، بنيان کذار عراقى جنبش بين المللى سکولار اومانيست
فاتو سو، جامعه شناس اهل سنگال و هماهنگ کنندۀ شبکۀ همبستگی بنام زندگی زنان تحتِ قوانین مسلمانان
گیتا ساهگل، نویسنده، روزنامه نگار، فیلم ساز، مدیر مرکز سکولار. او در فوریۀ سال ۲۰۱۲ از سازمان عفو بین المللی به خاطر انتقادش به آن سازمان براى رابطه اش با اسلامىيون اخراج شد.
حميد تقوائى، لیدر حزب کمونيست کارگرى ايران
هوزان محمود، فعال حقوق زن و سخنگوی سازمان آزادی زن در عراق
حوريه مصدق، مشاور کمیسیون مستقل حقوق بشر در افغانستان و روزنامه نگار در افغانستان و پاکستان
عماد هبيب ادين، بنیانگذار شورای اکس مسلم مراکش – اولین سازمان علنی خداناباوران در کشورى که اسلام دین رسمی آن کشور است.
اینا شوچنکو، رئيس سازمان فمن که درسال ۲۰۱۱ توسط ” کا گ ب” سازمان اطلاعات بلاروس، تهدید و ربوده شد و سپس در فرانسه به عنوان پناهندۀ سیاسی پذیرفته شد.
جولی بيندل، نویسندۀ انگلیسی و از بنیانگذاران گروه عدالت برای زنان
کاظم الغزالی، مدیر بخش جوانان مرکزحقوق بشر مراکش و عضو هئیت اجرایی انجمن وبلاگ نویسان مراکش بود.
کریمه بنون، استاد حقوق بین الملل ازدانشکدۀ قانون دِی ویس کالیفرنیا و نویسندۀ الجزايرى کتاب “فتوای شما اینجا جایز نیست “
کيت سمورتويت، کمدین و فعال سیاسی
کينان مالک، نویسنده
کیران اپال، فعال پاکستانی حقوق بشر، نویسنده و از بنیانگذاران اکس مسلم شمال آمریکا
ال سی پی، گروه رقص که به مسائل مربوط به حقوق بشر و عمدتا مساله قاچاق انسان تاکید دارد.
ليلا قبادى، فیلمساز، نویسنده و روزنامه نگار ایرانی
لينو ولجک، استاد فلسفه در دانشگاه مغرب
مگدامين آبيدا، فعال حقوق زن که توسط اسلاميون در بنغازی ليبى ربوده شد و بعد از آزادی مجبور به فرار از این کشور گردید
مريم هلى لوکاس، جامعه شناس الجزایری، بنیانگذار سکولاریسم مسئله زنان است
مریم نمازی، سخنگوی فتنه، قانون برابر برای همه و تولید کننده برنامه نان و گل سرخ
نادیا ال فانی، فیلمساز تونسی که بعد از شکايت اسلامى ها در مورد فيلمش به اسم “نه خدا و نه ارباب” مجبور به فرار شد.
نهلا محمود، فعال حقوق محیط زیست و انسانى سودانى
نينا سنکارى، رئیس انجمن آزادانديشان لهستان
پرويز حودبى، فیزیکدان هسته ای پاکستانى و فعال محیط زیست و اجتماع
پیتر تاچل، خوانندگان يک روزنامه انگليسى او را يکى از “قهرمانان زمان ما” شناختند. او مدافع حقوق انسان و همجنسگرايان است
پراگنا پاتل، رئيسسازمان حقوق زنان. روزنامه گاردين او را به عنوان۱۰۰ زن اول فعال شناخت
رندا کاسيس، عضو شورای ملی سوریه بود تا زمانی که بخاطر هشدار به اسلاميون در سال ۲۰۱۲ از این شورا کنار گذاشته شد
رومى حسن، نویسنده
سانال اداماروکو، نویسنده و بنیانگذار بین المللی خردگرا و انجمن خردگرا در هند
شلی سگال، خواننده و فعال سکولار
سیبا شکیب، فیلمساز ایرانی / آلمانی، کتابش در مورد افغانستان “جایی که فقط خدا می آید گریه کند” جايزه برده و به ۲۷ زبان ترجمه شده
ستاسا زجويچ، از بنیانگذاران و هماهنگ کننده زنان ضد جنگ بلگراد
سو کاکس، از بنیانگذاران بازماندگان صدای تجاوز جنسى کودکان از سوى کليسا
تاج هرجى، فعال ضد آپارتاید آفریقای جنوبی و بنیانگذار مرکز آموزش و پرورش مسلمانان
طارق فتح، نویسنده پاکستانى، بنیانگذار کنگره مسلمانان کانادا
تسليمه نسرين، نویسنده بنگلادشی، پزشک و فعال حقوق زنان
تری ساندرسون، رئیس انجمن سراسرى سکولار بريتانيا
ولید حسینی، وبلاگ نویس فلسطینیکه در سال ۲۰۱۰ در فلسطین به اتهام “کفر” زندانى شد. او شورای اکس مسلم فرانسه را تاسیس کرد.
بيوگرافى کاملتر سخنرانان را مى توانيد در ساىت کنفرانس مشاهده کنيد.
حاصل نهائی کار کنفرانس تدوین یک مانیفست سکولاریستی جهانی و تشکیل یک جبهۀ متحد سکولاریستی بمنظور پاسخگويى به چالشهای آینده خواهد بود. تمامی درافزودههاى کنفرانس در قالب يک کتاب منتشر خواهد شد.
سازمانهای زیر از جمله اسپانسرهاى برگزاری کنفرانس هستند:
کودکان مقدمند؛ مرکز تحقيقات، شوراى اکس مسلم بريتانيا، فتنه، علیه تبعیض – سازمان دفاع از حقوق زن، کمیته بین المللی علیه سنگسار و اعدام، فدراسیون سراسرى پناهندگان ایرانى، همبستگى با مردم ايران، قانون برابر براى همه، سکولاريسم مسئله زن است، بنياد ريچارد داوکينز و زنان تحت قوانين مسلمانان.
برای دریافت اطلاعات بیشتر، ثبت نام و خرید بلیط لطفا به ما مراجعه کنيد:
مريم نمازى؛ برگزار کننده کنفرانس
Article 222 of the Moroccan Penal Code states that: “a person commonly known to be Muslim who violates the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without having one of the justifications allowed by Islam [such as travelling or sickness], shall be punished by one to six months in prison,” as well as a fine.
Non-Muslim minorities in Morocco – such as Jews and foreigners – are exempted from the prohibition of eating in public during Ramadan. However, its application to people “commonly known to be Muslim” denies anyone the state considers as a Muslim, the right to come out either as a non-Muslim, or as a Muslim who simply choose not to fast.
As the month of Ramadan begins, we young secular Moroccans, call the Moroccan authorities, once again, to immediately repeal Article 222 of the Penal Code. This is clearly an attack on freedom of conscience, which includes the right of everyone to change their religious views, according to their choice, and at any time. It is also incompatible with a true rule of law, since “commonly known to be Muslim” is unclear as a notion that leaves the door wide open to judicial discretion of judges which is unacceptable. This creates an a fortiori, allowing for the imposition of a heavy prison sentence.
We stand for freedom of conscience, inseparable from any democratic state based on respect for the choices of its citizens.
We are Moroccans of all religious views (including practising Muslims), united to defend individual liberties. To this end, a press conference will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at 11 am in the premises of the AMDH (Moroccan Association for Human Rights) at Avenue Hassan II, 6 Rue Aguensous in Rabat.
The press conference is open to public.
For more information, contact:
Imad Iddine Habib
Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco
Skype ID : ZokTooR
+212 (0) 626-172590
.برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد. روز پخش ۱۸ ژوئن ۲۰۱۴
اين هفته در مورد آزادى ابراز عقيده و تمسخر مذهب. هيچ چيز مقدس نيست
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى. مصاحبه با کمدين کيت سمورتويت. کارگردان: رضا مرادى مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى
Bread and Roses, 17 June 2014, On Nothing is Sacred. With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush.
Interview with Comedian Kate Smurthwaite. Director: Reza Moradi. Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is appalled at Ofsted’s recently updated guidance on faith schools. The guidance asserts that segregation of the sexes is not a sign of inequality and that veiling is a sign of Islamic “modesty” and “identity”; it also justifies restrictions on everything from art and music to sex and health education.
The guidance helps to further normalise the Islamist agenda at a time when the Birmingham Trojan horse plot has been exposed.
CEMB calls on Ofsted to revise its guidance and put the educational needs of children before religion and the religious-Right.
All children have a right to a full education, free from restrictions and discrimination, and regardless of the nature of the school they attend – be it privately or publicly funded. Children and young adults must be recognised as equal members of society and not as “community members” with culturally relative rights.
The increasing problem surrounding faith and other religious schools highlights the importance not of “British values” but of a secular education for all.
For more information, contact:
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: [email protected]
Company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under company number 8059509.
Thanks to 82 people, we have managed to raise £2,465 towards our second Bread and Roses fundraising campaign for much-needed equipment.
With only 6 days left and more than £12,500 more to raise, though, we were hoping you or someone you know might be willing and able to help us reach our target.
Bread and Roses is an important taboo-breaking, freethinking political-social TV magazine in Persian and English broadcast in Iran and the Middle East via New Channel satellite TV and globally via social media. Millions have already seen the programme. It has been extremely well-received and can play an important role in opposing Islamism and promoting universal rights, free-thought and secularism.
To continue long-term, though, we will need additional equipment. We cannot keep producing our programmes with the current computer and without a video mixer or proper lighting.
Please help us if you can.
16 June is the last day you can help.
For your information, we have produced the following programmes so far:
* Apostasy and right to belief highlighting case of Sudanese apostasy case Mariam Yahya Ibrahim (with an interview with Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain co-Spokersperson Nahla Mahmoud), English, Farsi
The programme is hosted by Maryam Namazie, an award-winning secularist and atheist blogger and campaigner; Fariborz Pooya, founder of the Iranian Secular Society and Bahram Soroush, a civil rights activist. Its director is Reza Moradi; programme consultant is Poone Ravi.
Please support our fundraising campaign if you can. You can donate here. Every penny will help.
Thank you for any support.
PS Listen to my interview with Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist on the importance of Bread and Roses here.
Below is an email I just received from iERA – the organisation we recently exposed as a hate group (not charity) in our report entitled Evangelising Hate.
They are now threatening the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and myself with legal action unless we remove one paragraph on my blog (though they are also “taking legal advice on the whole report”).
Really iERA? Just one teeny tiny little paragraph though we have over 40 pages of the organisation’s hate speech documented in our report?
In the letter, the hate group says they have never called for anyone’s death. Well, we beg to differ and we think the facts speak for themselves.
And to prove our point, after the report was published, a number of iERA supporters/activists have called me a “murtad” and “munafiq”, which are clear death threats for anyone who knows the Islamist movement. There have been death threats against me on their Facebook page (which have now been deleted). Plus one of their speakers we exposed in our report, Adnan Rashid, has been calling me Janazie (which means a corpse)…
— Adnan Rashid (@MrAdnanRashid) June 8, 2014
iERA: If anyone should face legal action it is you lot.
And no we will not be removing anything.
Here’s their letter, which if looked at carefully just exposes them even more…
I am writing to you in relation to your “Evangelising Hate” report against iERA as well as further comments made by Maryam Namazie on the website entitled FreeThoughtBlogs (http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2014/05/31/what-happens-to-iera-t-shirts-in-my-hands/) where she wrote:
“The iERA has sent the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) two T-shirts. You know, the yellow ones which their dawah teams wear on the streets of Britain to hate-preach misogyny and death to apostates, gays, Jews, unveiled women, Muslims who don’t agree with them….”
We are taking legal advice on the report as a whole because we believe there are some blatant untruths and twisting of many matters. As for the paragraph above, this contains outright falsehood as iERA has never called for the death of anyone. In fact, iERA does not know of any mainstream organisation in the West who has called for the death to unveiled women or Muslims who don’t agree with them. We advise you to take down this paragraph as this puts Ms. Namazie and your organisation at considerable risk of legal action.
I look forward to your confirmation of taking down this quote.
Abdurrahman bin Jaseem
Watch this week’s Bread and Roses TV on Stealthy Freedom and Unveiling of Women in Iran. In English. Interview with Journal Editor Keyvan Javid. UPDATE: Farsi programme below.
Clearly an Islamic regime with unveiled women walking around is impossible.
An advisor to Khamenei has said the regime has lost control of compulsory veiling.
Yes it has…
The iERA has sent the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) two T-shirts. You know, the yellow ones which their dawah teams wear on the streets of Britain to hate-preach misogyny and death to apostates, gays, Jews, unveiled women, Muslims who don’t agree with them….
They have sent the T-shirts to prove that anyone can wear them. This is in response to the CEMB’s recent report on the group called Evangelising Hate where we show Ifthekar Jaman in one of their T-shirts doing Dawah.
IIn case you don’t know, Jaman is from Portsmouth and was killed in Syria whilst fighting for a Jihadi group called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which has engaged in brutal terrorist violence. It seeks to set up an Islamic caliphate in territory that it controls, and its members have engaged in beheadings, amputations and public executions. Shias and Christians have been persecuted by them. ISIS executed a secular Syrian activist for “apostasy”.
Nine months before being killed in Syria, Jaman was participating in an iERA dawah event in Portsmouth city centre.
In a picture posted on his Twitter account on 14 April, Jaman is standing in a group of men, wearing a yellow iERA T-shirt with the slogan ‘Is Life Just a Game?’ He comments under the picture “Us Portsmouth Dawah group & brothers from Newham dawah joined today. Alhamdullilah for shahadahs! Allahu Akbar”.
In their pathetic response to our report, iERA tried to deceptively dissociate themselves from Jaman by saying that anyone could wear their T-shirts, including me.
But sending the T-Shirts to CEMB has once again proven them wrong and confirmed my position that only Islamists, terrorists, and their apologists would wear their T-Shirts. When I get my hands on them, something else happens. Here’s some before and after photos:
iERA T-Shirt before I get my hands on them
iERA T-Shirt after I get my hands on them:
I will leave the intentions of a group preaching the death of apostates (by beheading no less as it is “painless”) sending unmarked post to those it wishes dead to the readers of this post. Needless to say, as I have written earlier, the iERA’s charity status is the least of our worries.
Revoking its charitable status should be a first step in further investigation of this organisation and its links to terrorism.
My editorial in May issue of Fitnah’s “Unveiled”
Tehranˈs Interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoeslam Kazem Sedighi recently said: “In certain towns and cities, some have been seen to have removed their headscarves. This lack of hijab has infiltrated homes via internet and satellite TV…”
Hadi Sharifi, a “media activist” interviewed by Tasnim, a state-run news agency in Iran controlled and operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp, has said when a man forces himself onto a woman because she is “showing off her beauty”, this should not be considered rape because it is natural and instinctual for a man to be drawn to the beauty of a woman and seek sex with her. Since men have not granted women permission to show off their beauty, then men who become aroused by the “nakedness” of women do not need the permission of women to pursue their sexual urges…
Recently, too, thousands held a protest in Tehran, urging the Islamic regime to confront what they say is the increasing flouting of the Islamic dress code.
Clearly, the Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, where women in Iran are posting unveiled photos of themselves despite the compulsory veiling law has hit a nerve with the regime and its apologists. And rightly so. The veil is an important symbol of the regime. One of the first things Islamists did after expropriating the Iranian revolution was to impose compulsory veiling. The slogan of their thugs attacking women protesters was “either veil or a smack” (ya rusary ya tusary).
Throughout its 35 year rule, women have challenged the regime’s compulsory veiling law by transgressing them; improper or “bad” veiling has always been a form of resistance to the regime despite the morality police’s constant harassment, and risks of fines or imprisonment.
The unveiling of women, however, in broad daylight, for all the world to see is an even more fundamental challenge to the regime and its rule.
The unveiled woman is the beginning of the end of the regime. A female revolution has long been in the making and it is this movement that will bring the regime to its knees. And not a day too soon.
A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
Volume 2, Issue 5
Editor: Maryam Namazie
Design: Kiran Opal
Secularism is a Human Right
Interview with AC Grayling
The below is a Bread and Roses TV interview broadcast via New Channel TV on 20 May 2014:
Maryam Namazie: What is secularism and what is the value of secularism for both believers and non-believers?
AC Grayling: Firstly let me say it’s a great pleasure to be with you as I’m a big admirer of what you do. Secularism has to be distinguished from atheism and from other isms, like for example, humanism, which are naturally associated with it.
Most people who are atheists are probably likely to be secularists, but there are religious secularists as well, because secularism is a view about the place of religion – the religious voice, the religious organisations – in the public square, as this impacts for example, public policy matters. And the idea behind secularism is that the public square of society should be neutral with respect to all the different belief systems or to no belief systems. That what people believe in their private lives and in their religious commitments is not relevant to the public debate other than as a special interest point of view.
I think it is a very important point that religious organisations and movements should recognise themselves as interest groups, lobby groups: they have a point of view, of course they want to put their point of view in public debate, but they should take their turn in the queue with everybody else – other NGOs, political parties, pressure groups, lobby groups – whereas of course for historical reasons, in many societies, religion has a massively inflated presence in the public square. It is given charitable status, it is given a seat at the top table, and is heard first by people in positions of temporal power and that, I think, is where things have gone so wrong in our world.
Maryam Namazie: On the issues of neutrality, some might say that the very fact that a secularist state demands that religion stays out of the public space, means that it is not really neutral, because it’s giving a sort of negative viewpoint on religion. That it’s not a good thing to be in the public space.
AC Grayling: It certainly is a view which has been of course developed from the enlightenment thinking, about how individuals living together in a society can best flourish. So in that sense it is a positive view about allowing all sorts of different viewpoints, all sorts of different beliefs, and no beliefs, to coexist peacefully side by side. Not privileging any one of them, and not therefore coercing others, either to believe or not believe. So in that sense it is a positive view. But the heart of it, the essence of it is neutrality with respect to these different viewpoints. That is, you allow people to have a belief and to practice that belief, providing it does not impact negatively on other people. But also, and very, very importantly, it allows people who have no religious commitment – who are atheists, who are agnostics, who don’t belong to a church or a religious movement – to live without the coercion or pressure, or a social ‘bad odour’, that used to be the case, and in some societies remains the case.
Maryam Namazie: You mention the fact that there can be believers who are secularists but can religion, can Islam, be compatible with secularism?
AC Grayling: Well this is a very interesting question about Islam because it would seem to be in the very nature of Islam that a secular society is impossible because Islam pervades every aspect of life. It is not just a religion; it is a social end and is in many ways a political philosophy as well. Of course nowadays people use the term Islamism to mean political Islam. But Islam is so all embracing. It permeates the lives and thoughts of people from the very earliest memories of their lives, all the way up through their education, and the presence of the religion’s demand on, or offer to, people is there every few hours when the muezzin cries from the mosque. So it’s very hard even to imagine a translation of the English word ‘secularism’ into Farsi or Arabic, which doesn’t have a negative connotation. [Read more...]
See this week’s Bread and Roses TV programme in English on the issue of apostasy and the execution sentence of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim in Sudan. In this week’s programme, I speak with Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
The Persian programme will be broadcast via New Channel TV tomorrow and will be available then.
Next week’s programme is on Stealthy Freedoms and women unveiling in Iran. What does this movement represent to you? Send us any questions and comments or even 30 second videos to broadcast on our programme to the below:
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The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s (CEMB) has a new report “Evangelising Hate” on the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA). It has received quite a bit of media coverage (though of course not from the Guardian) particularly since its publication coincides with a Charity Commission investigation into the iERA. CEMB is calling for iERA to be considered a hate group and not a charity.
But there is more.
Let me say what others are avoiding or not saying clearly enough.
As we have mentioned in our report, iERA is not a “religious group” but rather a “soft” Islamist group, normalising and justifying the Islamist agenda, including by perpetrating hatred against gays, Jews, women, ex-Muslims, a majority of Muslims who don’t abide by their values… But there is more to this story and that is that “soft” Islamists are often linked with violent Islamists or jihadis.
At least one iERA dawah activist, Iftekhar Jaman, has been killed in Syria whilst fighting for the brutal Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which even Al Qaeda has broken ties with.
ISIS executed a secular Syrian activist for “apostasy” and has taken up crucifiction. Moreover, Iftekhar was friends with Mashudur Choudhury, the first Briton to be convicted of terrorism charges for travelling to Syria to train for jihad…
Clearly, groups like iERA are responsible for more than normalising the Islamist agenda like gender segregation at universities, Sharia-compliant wills, and the imposition of burkas and Sharia courts. They have links to and are – let’s just be frank - even cultivating British jihadis.
This should not be surprising given the freedom they have been given to organise around their hate-speech, including on university campuses.
Britons now make up most of the foreign members in Syria’s most violent terror group. UK Islamists are involved in activities including beheadings, crucifixions and ill-treatment of women – many of them not unlike iERA’s teachings.
The iERA’s charitable status is the least of our worries… Someone with the access needed to investigate these links needs to get on it – and fast.
I am annoyed to no end at reports that worry about what will happen when the British jihadis come home. What about what they are doing right now to the people of Syria? And what about the climate of threats and intimidation they are creating right here in Britain for dissenters – Muslim and ex-Muslim?
Rather than address the numerous documented facts of hate speech by those associated with the organisation against ex-Muslims, Jews, gays, women, Muslims and others who don’t agree with their values the iERA uses predictable and standard responses in order to circumvent the main issue at hand: that it is a hate group which should have its charitable status revoked.
The iERA’s tactics include the usual deception, obfuscation, irrelevant arguments about context, false accusations of bigotry and denial in order to evade scrutiny.
The iERA says the CEMB report is “filled with spin and statements deliberately taken out of context”. It is unclear how exact quotes, including from video footage, justifying everything from domestic violence, stoning to death, execution for apostates, hatred against Jews, non Muslims, and Muslims who oppose iERA’s views, to FGM and jihad can be taken out of context. How can the below quote by Abdurraheem Green, a founding member and chairman of iERA, for example, be taken in any way other than it is intended? He says:
“We want to create an environment where it is encouraging people to be good, otherwise what is the point in the hudood? [Hudood laws are the bounds of acceptable behaviour and the punishments for serious crimes.] What is the hudood? Why you chop the hand off the thief? Why you stone the adulterer and the adulteress to death? Why do you chop the hand and the leg of the one who commits highway robbery and leave them to bleed to death or crucify them? All of this is to deter the people from being evil and committing evil. Why is the person who drinks alcohol, who is a drunk, whipped eighty times in public? All of this is to deter the people from being evil”.
The out of context argument is a bogus one that aims to portray critics as deceptive in order to move attention away from iERA’s hate speech.
On the issue of “clarification”
The iERA statement says the CEMB report “quotes out of context, outdated or clarified statements from iERA speakers” giving as an example clarifications provided by iERA’s head of research teams and lectures Hamza Tzortzis. One example will suffice to reveal iERA’s dishonesty. In his supposed clarification, Hamza says with regards gender segregation:
“There have been various newspapers and bloggers that have implied that Hamza Andreas Tzortzis has been involved in public events that have enforced gender segregation or separation. Tzortzis has not been involved in such events or been aware of enforced gender separation. He advocates a tolerant position that all choices should be offered. If some women regardless of religious background wish to sit with women only, that should be accommodated if possible”.
This is clearly untrue since Hamza was himself a speaker at an iERA organised debate entitled “Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?” at UCL with US scientist Lawrence Krauss on March 9, 2013 where segregation was enforced. Separate entrances were put in place for males and females and audience members were separated into male and female only queues by the organisers’ security staff. Security guards tried to forcibly remove those who refused to comply with segregated seating. The students were only allowed back after Krauss threatened to leave the debate.
Abdurraheem Green, a founding member and chairman of iERA, has made very clear why gender segregation is a necessity:
“Let us also bear in mind that Muslim societies take every precaution to avoid the means that can lead to adultery. Public nudity is forbidden. In fact a strict dress code is observed. This is part of the wisdom behind the hijab. It is an act of social responsibility that helps towards a harmonious society. Also free mixing between sexes is avoided, men and women should not have physical contact and men and women should not even be alone together (unless they are husband and wife, or from close relatives who are permanently forbidden in marriage). Again in this context adultery is inexcusable, and justly punished with severity”.
Denying links to Jihadis
The iERA states that the CEMB report “unscrupulously” tries “to link other individuals who are not at all connected with the charity”, namely Ifthekar Jaman and Hassan Farooq.
Despite iERA’s supposed lack of affiliation with Hassan Farooq and Ifthekar Jaman, iERA has provided Dawah teams, including theirs, with T-shirts and materials. In one video by Young Dawah, founding member and iERA chairman Abdurraheem Green is seen giving the Dawah group his support. In another Tweet, the Newham Dawah Team says: “Had a call conference meeting with abdur raheem green, the iera team and hundreds of da’ee emirs all over UK, mashAllah the dawah movement is massive, and we have massive plans for 2013, our focus will be on Newham, by the permission of Allah this borough shall change, for those who wish to help us get in contact asap”.
The iERA is clearly linked to the dawah teams but makes contrary assertions to aid in deniability when suitable, particularly if jihadis are involved.
Hassan Farooq can be seen in a picture posted on 14 April 2013 participating in a dawah mission with Ifthekar Jaman on Jaman’s Twitter account. In the picture, both are standing in a group of men, wearing yellow iERA T-shirts with the slogan ‘Is Life Just a Game?’ He comments under the picture “Us Portsmouth Dawah group & brothers from Newham dawah joined today. Alhamdullilah for shahadahs! Allahu Akbar”. Several months later, Jaman was killed in Syria whilst fighting for a Jihadi group called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham in December 2013. ISIS has engaged in beheadings, amputations and public executions, including the execution of a secular Syrian activist for “apostasy”. Iftekhar was also friends with another Portsmouth man Mashudur Choudhury, the first Briton to be convicted of terrorism charges for travelling to Syria to train for jihad…
Accusations of bigotry
The iERA assert that the CEMB has “bigoted views about Islam and mainstream Islamic speakers” and that it espouses “hatred”. Clearly, though, it is not bigotry to expose the bigotry of the Islamic far-Right. It is also not espousing hatred to expose the hate speech propounded by iERA speakers.
More importantly – and despite claims about the CEMB’s deception and misrepresentation – iERA stands by their “mainstream Islamic speakers”. The very use of the term “mainstream” is an attempt to neutralise criticism and portray it as an attack on religion rather than legitimate opposition to Islamism. In this way, the promoters of hatred depict themselves as victims of those who expose their hatred.
As always, despite the mountains of evidence, iERA hopes to carry on doing what they do best: normalising Islamist values and norms as “mainstream” and creating a climate where extremism and hate can flourish.
The iERA has been able to evade scrutiny for so long by using many of the tactics mentioned above. The iERA’s role in propagating Islamism here and even abroad has been largely missing from the public debate on this issue. The iERA’s modus operandi has been to take advantage of multiculturalism (as a social policy that segregates “communities”) and cultural relativism as well as the language of diversity, rights, tolerance and inter-faith dialogue to increase influence and access.
It is high time that they are recognised for what they truly are: the Islamic far-Right and a hate group not a charity.
For more information, contact:
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson
Al Razi, CEMB Forum
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: [email protected]
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