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Month: November 2016

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Dear friend

We are writing to give you a brief update on our work.

Islam’s Non Believers

If you haven’t already seen it, watch Islam’s Non Believers, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. It’s a stunning in-depth look into the CEMB and the situation of ex-Muslims in Britain and internationally.

See some media coverage around the film, including “Blaming the Victim” and on how long-term shunning of ex-Muslims – promoted by Muslim Association of Britain President Omer El Hamdoon in the film – amounts to psychological torture.

In light of increasing attacks on CEMB after the film’s broadcast, we are asking for a public defence of ex-Muslims and the rights to conscience and expression, which can be signed onto here.

Charity Commission must revoke status of iERA

The Charity Commission has spent three years investigating the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), including its financial mismanagement and extremist speakers and partnerships, which were highlighted in the CEMB report “Evangelising Hate”; the Commission confirms our findings. However, rather than revoke the organisation’s charity status, it has confined itself to procedural and risk management “solutions” despite ample evidence that the iERA is not a charity but a hate group, whose speakers say LGBT and ex-Muslims – amongst others – deserve to be killed. Read our full statement here.

Namazie wins International Secularism (Laicite) Prize

CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie was awarded the 2016 International Secularism (Laicite) Prize from the Comité Laïcité République in Paris on 2 November 2016. Watch her acceptance speech: “Secularism: our lives depend on it“.

Upcoming Events

16 December film viewing with Maryam Namazie and Sadia Hameed and January 2017 celebration

CEMB has had to cancel a number of monthly meet-ups in London after having been pushed out of its usual venue; we are now looking for an alternative space. Until then, we will hold a film screening of Islam’s Non Believers with Spokespersons Maryam Namazie and Sadia Hameed on 16 December from 7-9pm near Paddington station. If you want to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

In mid-January, CEMB will celebrate the new year with a DJ; details will be posted on our website soon.

22-23 July 2017 International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression

Don’t forget to buy tickets for the historic international conference on freedom of conscience and expression being held during 22-23 July 2017. Get your tickets soon as no tickets will be sold at the door and space is limited. It will be the largest international gathering of ex-Muslims. Speakers include: Egyptian Feminist Activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy; Writer Bonya Ahmed; Filmmaker Deeyah Khan; Author Djemila Benhabib; Iraqi Founder of Global Secular Humanist Movement Faisal Saeed Al Mutar; Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti; FEMEN Leader Inna Shevchenko; Egyptian Founder of Black Ducks Talk Show Ismail Mohamed; American Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist Lawrence M Krauss; Filmmaker Nadia El Fani; Scientist Richard Dawkins; Palestinian Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of France Waleed Al Husseini; Atheism Association of Turkey Activist Zehra Pala; Moroccan-born Columnist for Charlie Hebdo Zineb El Rhazoui and many more wonderful speakers. See the full list of here.

Buy your tickets today!

Sadia Hameed has joined the CEMB as a Spokesperson

CEMB is pleased that Sadia Hameed has joined as Spokesperson. She was featured in Islam’s Non Believers and is a human rights activist and Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM Consultant.

Support us!

Please take some time to volunteer with us if you have time to spare. If you can, donate to our organisation. No amount is too small and much of what we do has been made possible with your donations. You can donate to CEMB here.

Thanks again for all your support; a special thanks to those who donate on a monthly basis.   We hope to see you at some of our events.

Warm wishes
Maryam Namazie
Sadia Hameed
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
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email: exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

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The Charity Commission should revoke iERA’s charitable status

The Charity Commission has spent three years investigating the Islamic Education and Research Academy, including its financial mismanagement and extremist speakers and partnerships, which were highlighted in the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s report “Evangelising Hate“.

The recently published Charity Commission inquiry report confirms CEMB’s report by finding that the iERA has indeed been promoting extremist views, including during the period it was under investigation.

Despite this, the Charity Commission has proposed procedural changes and the managing of risk pertaining to “guest speakers” who have all somehow seemingly incited hatred mainly within their “personal capacities”.

The Charity Commission has ignored the fact that the iERA invites hate-filled preachers linked to the Islamist movement because they represent its own position regarding everything from the death penalty for apostates to hatred against Jewish and LGBT people.

As mentioned in our report,  the practical effects of iERA’s “soft Islamism” is a cumulative one in which hatred and dehumanisation are normalised. Their “missionary” activity is not about spirituality, but a wider effort to legitimise theocratic norms.

iERA “guest” preachers have said:

  • Gays deserve to be killed
  • Wife beating and domestic violence are allowed and have divine mandate
  • Women guilty of adultery and other sexual crimes can be stoned to death with crimes against women having divine mandate
  • Ex-Muslims deserve to be killed
  • Jews are “filth”
  • Non-Muslims are inferior
  • Liberal Muslims who oppose iERA’s views are not Muslims
  • Female Genital Mutilation is permissible
  • Democracy and secularism are inferior to rule by Sharia and that multiculturalism is a means to evangelise and impose Islam
  • Jihad is a responsibility of Muslims…

Despite the mountain of evidence, the Charity Commission’s solution is to have them comply with their own (counter) extremism policy and do more risk management! The absurdity of having an extremist organisation comply with its own counter extremism policy seems to have evaded the Charity Commission.

The Charity  Commission should at the very least revoke the iERA’s charitable status. Its work is not for the public benefit, it has a clear political purpose, is against public policy and serves a non-charitable purpose.

For more information, see Leading Islamic charity told by watchdog to distance itself from those who condone ‘violent extremism and acts of terrorism’, The Telegraph, 13 November 2016

For more information, contact:
Maryam Namazie
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

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