Victory for free expression and end-year celebrations
I hope you are well.
WARWICK UNIVERSITY AND TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Our spokesperson Maryam Namazie finally spoke at Warwick University and Trinity College Dublin this month after her talk was barred by the Student Union at Warwick and cancelled by the student group at TCD due to “concerns.” You can read and watch her speech on “Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS” here.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful people who protested the initial decisions and defended free expression. You can see some of the widespread support, including from the National Secular Society, Ben Goldacre, Brian Cox, Gita Sahgal, Julie Bindel, Kate Smurthwaite, Maajid Nawaz, Marieme Helie Lucas, Pragna Patel, Richard Dawkins and Salman Rushdie here.
There’s a comprehensive 30 minute BBC Radio Scotland interview with Maryam on the Warwick University affair, Islam, Islamism and Muslims as well as free expression and the Left for further background on the issues.
Earlier, Maryam published a right to reply in the Guardian in response to David Shariatmadari’s defence of censorship. You can read her unedited article here.
13 DECEMBER END YEAR CELEBRATION, 3-6PM, CENTRAL LONDON
Tickets are selling fast for One the Law for All and CEMB’s end-year celebrations with Philosopher AC Grayling, Secular Activist Aliyah Saleem, British Iraqi singer Alya Marquardt, Warwick Atheist Society President Benjamin David, Bread and Roses TV Host Fariborz Pooya, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Imad Iddine Habib, Comedian Kate Smurthwaite, Libyan Women’s Rights Campaigner Magdulien Abaida, CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie, CEMB Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud, Ex-Muslims of Scotland founder Ramin Forghani, Bangladeshi campaigner Rayhana Sultan, Scientist Richard Dawkins and more.
To reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mobile number and purchase ticket(s): £25 (waged); £18 (unwaged) by “donating” price of ticket via Paypal or by sending a cheque made payable to CEMB to: CEMB, BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX. No tickets will be sold at the door so please buy tickets as soon as possible.
Our final meet-up for the year will be on 16 November in central London with Ibrahim Abdallah, Founder of Muslimish NYC. More information here.
Maryam Namazie will also be speaking at Nottingham and Exeter Universities in November. More details can be found here.
COVERING INTERNET TRACKS
CEMB has updated its comprehensive leaflet on “Covering your Internet Tracks,” which has been written by Imran. Please look at it carefully, particularly if you don’t feel safe at home. You can email any further questions and we’ll ask Imran to respond.
Our list of affiliate organisations is growing. Council of Ex-Muslims of Singapore has recently joined us. We wish them and all the others much success.
DISMANTLING PARALLEL LEGAL SYSTEMS IN BRITAIN
Hundreds have signed a joint statement calling for the dismantling of parallel legal systems here in Britain. The statement will be handed in at 10 Downing Street on 10 December, Human Rights Day. If you and/or your organisation would like to sign the statement, there’s still time. Just email email@example.com so your name can be added to the list.
DONATE TO CEMB
If you are able to, please donate to CEMB. We really rely on support from individuals for much of the work we do; any help will be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small or big for that matter. You can donate via Paypal or send a cheque. Details are here.
Thanks to those of you who have already donated to CEMB; a particular thanks to those who have set up standing orders. It helps to know we have regular support that we can rely on.
We hope you will continue to support us in the coming year and look forward to a secular world where people are free to live and think as they choose – religious or none.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
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