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Jul 11 2014

Karima Bennoune: When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism

Watch Karima Bennoune’s TEDX talk: When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism. In it she says, In every country where armed jihadis are active, there are unarmed citizens fighting them. Karima is a speaker at the 11-12 October conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights. You can register for the conference here.

Jun 18 2014

Bread and Roses: Nothing is Sacred. On free expression

.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 …

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May 20 2014

Bread and Roses: Secularism as a basic right

Watch Bread and Roses English programme with Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush being broadcast today via New Channel TV on “Secularism as a basic right”. There’s a great interview with philosopher AC Grayling on the issue. Director: Reza Moradi; Assistant Director: Poone Ravi Enjoy!

Nov 26 2013

New Report: Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Atheist Alliance International have just published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, reviews legislation and government policies …

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Oct 01 2013

A pioneering school indeed!

You must have all heard about the Al-Madinah School in Derby – the first Islamic free school in Britain? According to a report: As previously reported, concerns have been raised that female staff are being forced to wear head coverings, even if they aren’t Muslim. However, it has now emerged that lessons are routinely scrapped …

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Aug 12 2013

New website on Islam and Quran

A Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain member, The Rationaliser, has a new website to help with research on Islam or the Quran. Features include: 1: Search 2: Ability to view each verse word-by-word and to see where else in the Quran the same Arabic word is used (helps with context) 3: Verses have links to …

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Jul 30 2013

Many problems can be solved with sex slaves

If only someone had thought of it sooner. But better late than never I guess… (This is from 2011 by the way but too good to pass up on) A female Kuwaiti politician has called for the legalization of sex slavery, saying it would protect decent, devout and virile Kuwaiti men from adultery. And all …

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Jul 08 2013

Rights within Islamic context? Thanks but no thanks

Here is my speech on Secularism as a right and historical task at Atheist Ireland’s Empowering Women through Secularism in Dublin: “The rest of us must live under sharia law – even in Europe – and be grateful for the veil as a ‘right’ and ‘choice’. We are only allowed freedom and rights within the …

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Jul 03 2013

Apostasy and Islam: Support Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

Dear friend For the past six years, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has been a “beacon of hope” for many. As the first organisation of its kind, the CEMB has been established to break the taboo that comes with leaving Islam; highlight the problems ex-Muslims face; provide a network for support; raise awareness; and campaign …

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Jun 07 2013

A question of god

Here’s a panel discussion on the question of god at last year’s QED conference that was just uploaded on Youtube. The panellists are Ophelia Benson, Paula Kirby, D J Grothe and myself:

Apr 24 2013

BBC Panorama Programme on Sharia: It is enough now

One Law for All Press Release This week’s BBC Panorama programme “Secrets of Britain’s Sharia Councils” confirms why One Law for All has been campaigning against the discriminatory parallel legal system running counter to British law for nearly five years. As has been repeatedly stated, including in “Sharia Courts in Britain: A Threat to One …

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Apr 07 2013

You must use the word Islamist!

The AP has revised its stylebook to no longer include the term Islamist. They explain why: Islamist” is frequently used as a label for conservative Islamic political movements, particularly Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, the group’s Palestinian offshoot. It generally carries a negative connotation. Has the AP thought that maybe it carries a negative connotation because …

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Apr 04 2013

You just don’t get it!

A group of women have set up a Facebook page called Muslim women against FEMEN…. Muslimah Pride Day. They just don’t get it (or obviously choose not to). On a day that has been set aside to defend a 19 year old woman who has been threatened by an Islamist with death by stoning, detained, …

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Mar 04 2013

No to hejab, indeed!

Iranian women’s rights campaigners and members of the Worker-communist Party of Iran staged a topless protest against the veil and Sharia in Stockholm in the run-up to 8 March, International Women’s Day. No to hejab, indeed!

Mar 01 2013

Opposing Censorship

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Following One Law for All’s statement on Channel 4 and the BBC’s censorship and blasphemy-law-by-stealth of a film adaptation of DV8 Physical Theatre’s “Can We Talk About This?”, they have issued the following statement entitled ‘Opposing Censorship’: Human rights activist Maryam Namazie recently posted a blog about the reluctance from Channel 4 and the BBC …

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Feb 27 2013

We can’t leave Islam? Watch us!

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I was at Birmingham University yesterday speaking on apostasy and freedom of conscience for the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society’s Reason Week. We had an excellent discussion. Of course, there had been complaints about my speaking there (yes it is very controversial to defend the rights of apostates not to die!). The Society was even …

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Feb 06 2013

A few things about Sharia and Islamism

Haven’t had time to write a blog post today but wanted to bring attention to a few things: * Several Ahmadi Muslims have been arrested for publishing ‘blasphemous’ books about their faith. This is what happens when Islamist values are seen to be one and the same with Muslim values. Then a large number of …

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Feb 04 2013

Ana Lama

Update: Sign a petition calling for justice for Lama here. Cleric sheikh Fayhan Al Ghamdi, a regular on Islamic channels, was absolved and made to pay blood money (only half of what he would have had to pay had he killed a boy) for raping and torturing his five year old daughter Lama last October; he had custody …

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Feb 04 2013

The day the music died

Did you hear about Pragash Band, an all girls rock band from Kashmir, which has had to stop singing after receiving a string of death and rape threats as well as a fatwa against them by the Grand Mufti for being “un-Islamic”, “immoral” and “for spreading obscenity”…   Just in case you haven’t quite understood the severity …

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Sep 23 2012

This is about politics not religion

Below is my speech at the 22 September National Secular Society conference in London: Sometimes I really don’t know what more to say. What else can be said about Sharia law that– at least in your gut – you don’t already know? It is based on the Koran, the Hadith and Islamic jurisprudence. Its criminal …

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