CEMB Official Meet-Ups, Coffee Mornings and Events

EVENTS ORGANISED BY CEMB

UPCOMING EVENTS

23 June 2017, 2:00-4:00pm, Meet at 2pm at Green Park Station entrance
On 23 June 2017 at 14:00, we will meet at Green Park station and go on to “eat-in” at the Saudi, Iranian, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Moroccan and other embassies in London in solidarity with those defying fasting rules during Ramadan. This is hugely important given that there are many people across the globe who are arrested, beaten and fined for eating during the month; many others are pressured into fasting, including in Europe. Join us at the ‘eat-in’ if you can. Alternately, you can upload photos of yourself eating during fasting times or holding signs with messages of solidarity using hashtag: #IWillNotFast #لن_اصوم #روزه خوارى #Ramadan until the end of Ramadan. Happy fast-defiance! To participate, just show up. Email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com for more details.

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with Rahila Gupta, Journalist and Activist on Rojava, Northern Syria and secular space in the middle of a war

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information. If you already know the new location, just show up.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.

22-23 July 2017: International Conference on Freedom of Expression and Conscience in 21 Century. Central London. Get your tickets today.

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with lawyer Ana González on apostasy and asylum
Ana will go through asylum procedures and also provide one-on-one advice during the evening.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner, on the links between the gay rights and ex-Muslim rights

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information. If you already know the new location, just show up.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.

PAST EVENTS

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with Daniel Fitzgerald, Imad Iddine Habib and Jimmy Bangash on Pride and the CEMB contingent which will march in the gay pride parade in London on 8 July 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information. If you already know the new location, just show up.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.
Tuesday 4 April 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with Wissam Charafeddine, Co-Founder, Muslimish Support Network on Why the Classical Proof of God Does Not Work Anymore (based on his background on Islamic theology)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information. If you already know the new location, just show up.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.

On 8 March 2017, Islam’s Non Believers will be screened by Goldsmiths University with Goldsmiths Atheist Society so there will be no meet-up this month.

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, central London by Kings Cross
Evening with lawyer Ana González on apostasy and asylum

Ana will go through asylum procedures and also provide one-on-one advice during the evening.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new venue for our monthly meet-ups; if you would like to attend, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register and receive further information.

Suggested donation: £3 waged; £1 unwaged.

18 October 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Hang-out with Secular Activist Chris Moos on gender segregation at universities
The event will be held at our regular meet-up space near Kings Cross station. You need to register if you have not been to our events before by emailing exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com with your name and phone number. Entry can be paid at the door: £1 unwaged; £3 waged.

18 July 2016
Evening Drinks with lawyer Ana González on apostasy and asylum Ana will go through the procedures and also provide one-on-one advice during the evening. E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups – otherwise just show up.

July 2016
Flashmob of apostates: “We need your Love”.  To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

27 June 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening with Yasmin Rehman, Centre for Secular Space on Polygamy
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups – otherwise just show up.

24 June 2016
Fast-defying during Ramadan in front of Saudi, Iranian and Bangladeshi Embassies at 5pm. To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

12 June 2016
“Mean Tweets party” – reading and filming mean tweets received by apostates. To join, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

30 April 2016, Day Conference on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice, Central London, near Kings Cross Station
Speakers include:
Diana Nammi, Director of Iranian Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
Elham Manea, Author of Women And Sharia Law: The Impact Of Legal Pluralism In The UK
Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Nareen Rehman, Co-Founder and Chair of British Muslims for Secular Democracy
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner

12 April 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening with Halima Begum, ex-Muslim feminist researcher and blogger.
After a decade-long journey from Sunni and Shia Islam over Islamism to Secular Liberalism, Halima wrote a study on “British ex-Muslims: Negotiating the Essential and the Revolutionary”, which won the Best Dissertation Award at Birkbeck University in 2014. Halima plans to expand her research to incorporate a gendered experience of Ex-Muslim apostasy. Being a seasoned Ex-Muslim, Halima is keen to promote freedom of expression and uphold rights of personal autonomy. She hopes to share her journey and help others find the best way they can be true to themselves. £3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups.

10 March 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening with Atheist Vlogger and Activist AronRa
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups.

15 February 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening with CEMB Spokesperson and #ExMuslimBecause organiser Rayhana Sultan
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups.

18 January 2016, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Apostasy and Asylum Meet-up with Lawyer Ana Gonzales.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register if this is the first time you will be attending our monthly meetups.

13 December 2015, central London, End-Year Celebration
Tickets are selling fast for One the Law for All and CEMB end-year celebration 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.

16 November 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening drinks with Ibrahim Abdallah, Muslimish New York Organiser.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

26 October 2015, central London by Kings Cross, 21:00-23:00 hours
Kafir Comedy Night with Maha Kamal
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

26 October 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening drinks with Tom Holland, Historian and Author of In the Shadow of the Sword.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

28 September 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening drinks with Arif Rahman, Bangladeshi Blogger.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

27 July 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
with Karima Bennoune, Author of Your Fatwa does not Apply Here marking one month anniversary of the ISIS attack in Sousse.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

6 July 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
EVENT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF VENUE’S DOUBLE BOOKING
with Founder of Women Living Under Muslims Laws and Secularism is a Women’s Issue Founder Marieme Helie Lucas who will speak about why we need strong international secular networks.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

Join us to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the CEMB
Saturday 20 June 2015, 1500-1800 Hours
Walking distance to London Kings Cross/St Pancras stations
Join us for appetisers, drinks, music, speeches and laughs to celebrate the CEMB’s 8th anniversary.
Speakers and acts include: Iraqi British Singer Alya Marquardt, Secular activist Aliyah Saleem, Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Founder Imad Iddine Habib, Comedian Kate Smurthwaite, Author Kenan Malik, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel, CEMB Spokesperson Maryam Namazie and more.
Tickets: £18 (waged); £10 (unwaged)
To register, please email your name and mobile number to exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. You can purchase your ticket(s) via Paypal or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘CEMB’ to: BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX.
Space is limited so buy your tickets today.
No tickets will be sold at the door.

18 May 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Apostasy and Asylum Meet-up with Lawyer Ana Gonzales.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

 27 April 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
Evening drinks with Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco.
£3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

16 March 2015, central London by Kings Cross station, 19:00-21:00 hours
International Women’s Day evening drinks with Pragna Patel from Southall Black Sisters. £3 entry (waged); £1 entry (unwaged). E-mail exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com to register.

7 FEBRUARY 2015 SHARIA LAW, APOSTASY AND SECULARISM DAY-CONFERENCE NEAR KINGS CROSS WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE HEBDO AND THE MANY PERSECUTED FOR CRITICISING ISLAM AND RELIGION.
Near London Kings Cross
9am registration; 10am-5:30pm
The exciting day-conference will include discussions on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression, apostasy and blasphemy laws, Islamism and the religious-Right, Sharia in the Law, Educational System and Public Policy, as well as Secularism and Citizenship Rights. Speakers will discuss the successful campaigns against the Law Society and Universities UK and how the fight for equal rights and an end to discrimination against ex-Muslims and for free expression are integral to the urgent fight against Islamism and the religious-Right and for a secular society.
Speakers at the 7 February conference will include Activist Ahmed Idris, Campaigner for Secular Education Aliyah Saleem, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Amal Farah, Activist Atoosa Khatiri, Secular Activist Chris Moos, Director of the Centre for Secular Space Gita Sahgal, Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Imad Iddine Habib, Spokesperson of One Law for All Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Nahla Mahmoud, Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel, Founder of Ex-Muslims of Scotland Ramin Forghani, Nari Diganta’s Rumana Hashem, National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson and Women’s Rights Campaigner Yasmin Rehman. See the schedule, speaker biographies and information on how to register here.

On the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights
11-12 October 2014
The Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD, UK
CONFERENCE WEBSITE

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:
• AC Grayling is a Philosopher, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and author and commentator.
• Amal Farah is Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All. She is Somali-born and was raised in a conservative and literalist Muslim household.
• Amel Grami is Professor at the Tunisian University of Manouba; she was on the frontlines of Manouba’s successful struggle to defy a Salafist siege last year and is a leading expert on Religion and Women’s Studies.
• Amina Sboui is a Tunisian activist threatened and imprisoned after posting topless photos of herself on Facebook carrying the slogan: “My Body is not the Source of Anyone’s Honour”.
• Bahram Soroush is Public Relations Officer of the Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran and a co-host of Bread and Roses TV Programme.
• Ben Baz Aziz is a Presenter at Arab Atheist broadcasting and a blogger focusing on LGBT and atheist rights in the Middle East who was imprisoned in Kuwait for blasphemy.
• Caroline Fourest is a French writer, editor of the magazine ProChoix, and author of Frère Tariq, a critical look at the works of Tariq Ramadan and books on topics such as the conservative right, the pro-life movement and the fundamentalist trends in the Abrahamic religions.
• Chetan Bhatt is the director of the Centre for the Study of Human rights at LSE. His current projects include work on the emergence of virtue in modern political ideologies, new forms of the regional state in South Asia and the sociology of religious paramilitia groups.
• Chris Moos is a secular student activist who has led a successful campaign for the right to wear ‘Jesus and Mo’ t-shirts after being harassed and threatened with removal at his university. He was a nominee for the NSS’ Secularist of the Year 2014 award.
• Elham Manea is a Yemeni associate professor specialized in the Middle East, a writer, and a human rights activist. Her concept of humanistic Islam was first published in a series of articles in Arabic.
• Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi born writer and a social activist living in the United States. He is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post.
• Fariborz Pooya is the founder of the Iranian Secular Society, was one of the founding members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and is a co-host of Bread and Roses TV.
• Fatou Sow is a Senegalese Sociologist, and a member of a number of African and international associations as well as the International Director of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
• Gita Sahgal is an Indian-born writer, journalist, film-maker and rights activist, Director of Centre for Secular Space who was suspended by Amnesty International as head of its Gender Unit in 2010 for criticising the organisation’s relations with an Islamist group.
• Hamid Taqvaee is the Secretary of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran’s Central Committee and a leading Marxist opposition figure to the Islamic regime of Iran.
• Houzan Mahmoud is a Kurdish women’s rights campaigner and the Spokesperson of the Organisations of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. She has written and campaigned extensively on women’s rights issues.
• Horia Mosadiq has been Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium and an advisor to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, as well as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
• Imad Iddine Habib is a Moroccan atheist threatened for his atheism, founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco, the first public atheist organisation in a country with Islam as the state religion.
• Inna Shevchenko is leader of FEMEN topless activists who was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 for her activism. She was granted political asylum in France.
• Julie Bindel is an English writer, feminist and co-founder of the group Justice for Women. She was listed in the Independent’s “Pink List” as one of the top 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK.
• Kacem El Ghazzali is a Moroccan secularist writer, blogger, activist and atheist. He was the head of the Moroccan Center for Human Rights’ Youth Chapter and is a member of the Executive Board of the Moroccan Bloggers Association.
• Karima Bennoune is a law professor at the University of California Davis School of Law, and author of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism”.
• Kate Smurthwaite is a stand-up comedian and political activist. She has appeared on more than 500 TV and radio shows including This Morning, The Big Questions, Woman’s Hour and The Moral Maze.
• Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster, a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Analysis and a panellist on The Moral Maze. His book From Fatwa to Jihad was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.
• Kiran Opal is a Pakistani-born human rights activist, writer, and editor living in Canada. She is co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America and Editor of ExMuslimBlogs.
• LCP is a multimedia and multiethnic dance company which emphasises human rights issues mainly human trafficking.
• Lila Ghobady is an Iranian writer-journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her first independent release, Forbidden Sun Dance, was banned by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
• Maha Kamal is an ex-Muslim who was disowned by her parents for leaving Islam, President of the Colorado Prison Law Project, and Commissioner at the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Inclusiveness.
• Magdulien Abaida is a Libyan Activist and president of Hakki (My Right) Organization for Women Rights. She was kidnapped by Islamists in Benghazi in August 2012 and fled after her release three days later.
• Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist, founder and former International Coordinator of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws. She is also the founder of Secularism Is A Women’s Issue.
• Maryam Namazie is Spokesperson for Fitnah, One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain; editor of Fitnah’s Unveiled; and producer and co-host of Bread and Roses.
• Nadia El Fani is a Tunisian filmmaker who risks arrest and up to five years in prison if she returns to Tunisia after Islamists filed a complaint against her film “Neither Allah nor Master”.
• Nahla Mahmoud is an environmentalist and human right activist originally from Sudan. She leads the Sudanese Humanists Group and is Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
• Nina Sankari is President of the European Feminist Initiative in Poland, and Vice-President of the Polish Rationalist Association.
• Pervez Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and recipient of a number of awards. He is also a prominent environmentalist and social activist.
• Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for rights and global justice since 1967. New Statesman readers voted him sixth on their list of “Heroes of our time”. He was Campaigner of the Year in The Observer Ethical Awards.
• Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She was listed in The Guardian’s Top 100 women: activists and campaigners.
• Randa Kassis is President and founder of the Movement for a Pluralistic Society. She was a member of the Syrian National Council until she was excluded for her warnings against Muslim fundamentalists in 2012.
• Rumy Hassan is Senior Lecturer at University of Sussex and author of “Dangerous Liaisons: The Clash between Islamism and Zionism” and “Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths”.
• Sanal Edamaruku is an author and founder-president of Rationalist International and the Indian Rationalist Association. In 2012, he was charged with hurting religious sentiments for his role in examining a claimed miracle at a local Catholic Church.
• Shelley Segal is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter involved in secular activism. ‘An Atheist Album’ is a passionate response to dogmatic belief, inequality, religious oppression and the idea that only the devout can be grateful and good.
• Siba Shakib is an Iranian/German film-maker, writer and political activist. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Her international best-seller Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep has been translated into 27 languages and won a P.E.N. prize.
• Sue Cox is the co-founder of Survivors Voice Europe, an international organisation that has at its heart the support and empowerment of catholic clergy abuse survivors of which she is one.
• Taj Hargey is South African Muslim scholar. He was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and founder of the Muslim Education Centre of Oxford and the Imam of the Summertown Islamic congregation.
• Tarek Fatah is a Pakistani born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular activist. He is the author of “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State” and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.
• Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-born award-winning writer, physician, and activist, known for her powerful writings on women oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.
• Terry Sanderson is a writer and journalist and current President of the National Secular Society, which campaigns for the separation of church and state.
• Waleed Husseini is a Palestinian blogger arrested in 2010 by the Palestinian Authority for blaspheming against Islam on Facebook and in his blog. He founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of France in 2013.

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.

For full details of the conference, including on registration and obtaining tickets, visit the event’s dedicated website or email maryamnamazie@gmail.com.

Please also join the event’s Facebook page and follow the conference on Twitter or Tweet #SecularConf.

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; National Secular Society; 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.

3 August 2014, 14:00 hours
CEMB Picnic
London’s Hyde Park
By Speakers’ Corner
For more details, contact: sandbad_behzad@yahoo.com

28th of June 2014
14:00 – 17:00
CitizenM Hotel
60 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G2 3BW
Apostasy, Atheism, Secularism and Ex-Muslims
THE FIRST PUBLIC SEMINAR Of Ex-Muslims Scotland

Date: Monday 28 April 2014
Time: 18:30-20:00

Ana Gonzalez, a lawyer of a well-respected law firm which has represented a number of apostate asylum claimants and CEMB members will speak about the right to asylum and apostasy.
Entry: £3; £1 unwaged.

Second Kafir Comedy Night Hosted by Maha
Date: Monday 10 March 2014
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: The George, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP (nearest Tube: Temple)

Open mic comedy for interested kuffar starts at 8pm. Look, we know it’s not easy defending yourself constantly against a religious mob. So take a break from the forums and let out the frustration with a laugh. If you’ve got some steam to let off, this is your night to do it. RSVP at exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. But don’t laugh too much, Hell awaits us all later.*
Entry: £3; £1 unwaged.

* “Let them laugh a little: much will they weep: a recompense for the (evil) that they do” (Surah At-Taubah 9:82).

Fundraiser for Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain: Marlene Dietrich – an affectionate tribute
Date: Thursday 27 February 2014
Time: 19:30-21:45
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Join Terry Sanderson as he explores the extraordinary life and career of one of the 20th century’s great entertainers. Using generous extracts from her films, he’ll examine her fantastic Hollywood career, and then accessing rare archive material, will look at her heroic war time efforts against the Nazis. The show culminates with a complete showing on the big screen of her famous one-woman show with which she toured the world. Accompanied by Burt Bacharach and his orchestra, this is Dietrich at her peak. The event is a fundraiser for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and coincides with LGBT history month. Tickets can be purchased here.

Manchester Meet and Greet
To join the 1 February Ex-Muslim North Meet and Greet in Manchester at 1pm, visit here.

29 November 2013

Evening drinks with Lawyer Ana Gonzalez on Apostasy and Asylum
5:00-6:00pm
There will be a CEMB London meetup for apostate refugees and asylum seekers at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. To register your attendance, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

29 November 2013
7:00-9:00pm
Kafir Comedy Club
Hosted by DJ Zee Jay & Maha
Open mic comedy for interested kuffar starts at 8 pm.

Look, we know it’s not easy defending yourself constantly against a religious mob. So take a break from the Facebook forums and let out the frustration with a laugh. If you’ve got some steam to let off, this is your night to do it. RSVP below to get on the list. But don’t laugh too much, Hell awaits us all later.*

Entry: £3; £1 unwaged

Sponsored by the Council of Ex-Muslims Britain.

exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com | The George, 213 Strand, London (nearest Tube: Temple) | Friday November 29, 2013, 7 PM

* “Let them laugh a little: much will they weep: a recompense for the (evil) that they do.” (Surah At-Taubah 9:82)

29 October 2013
6:00pm
Ex-Muslim North In Da Pub
For more details, see the full listing.

2 November 2013
12:00 noon
Ex-Muslim North Buffet in Manchester
For more details, see the full listing.

19 September 2013
There will be a CEMB London meetup for apostate refugees and asylum seekers from 5-6pm at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. For more information, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com

19 September 2013
Evening Drinks with philosopher Arif Ahmed. 6:30-8:00pm at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. Entry is £3; £1 for unwaged, which can be paid at the door. All are welcome. For more information, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

7 September 2013
The Northern Ex-Muslim Meetup Group is organising a Ex-Muslim Super Event in Birmingham. For more details, see the full listing.

24 August 2013
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is organising a lunch in Manchester. For more details, see the full listing.

10 August 2013
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is organising a lunch in Dewsbury. For more details, see the full listing.

22 July 2013
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is organising a camping trip. For more details, see the full listing.

Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours
Paris, France
Launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France.

Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France. Speakers include Femme Solidaires’ Soad Baba Aïssa, Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, WICUR’s Lalia Ducos, Algerian Filmmaker Nadia El-Fani, Secularist Caroline Fourest, Africa 93’s Mimouna Hajjam, Secularism is a Women’s Issue Coordinator Marieme Helie Lucas, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie and Women Living Under Muslim Laws’ Fatou Sow.

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE MEETING AT cafem1310@live.fr. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED, YOU WILL NOT BE GIVEN ENTRY INTO THE MEETING.

Here are more details about the aims of the organisation.

6 July 2013, 1pm
The Northern Ex-Muslim Meetup Group is organising a Pre-Ramadhan Lunch in Bradford. For more details, see the full listing.

29 June 2013, 12pm
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is doing a Lunch in Manchester. To join the event, visit here.

15 June 2013
Join us to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain 15 June 2013 at 12pm for a 12:30pm start at an Italian restaurant in central London. The keynote speaker will be writer Kenan Malik. Other speakers and acts include Magician Neil Edwards, Centre for Secular Space’s Executive Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite and CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Nahla Mahmoud will be the MC for the event. Special guests present include scientist Richard Dawkins.

Book your tickets today. Tickets for the event, which includes a three-course meal and glass of wine at a wonderful Italian restaurant, are £35.00 per person or £30.00 for students/unwaged.

To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to CEMB to BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX or pay via Paypal or Worldpay. Please make sure to include an email address and/or telephone number so that further details can be provided. Additional donations are welcome to help ensure the attendance of CEMB volunteers at the event.

7 June 2013
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up group dinner in Leeds at 8pm. To join the event, visit here.

9 May 2013
Evening drinks with Gita Sahgal, Executive Director of Centre for Secular Space. 6:30-8:00pm at The George on the Strand, 213 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. Entry is £3; £1 for unwaged, which can be paid at the door. All are welcome. For more information, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. Author Rumy Hasan who was meant to give a talk is ill and cannot attend.

20 April 2013
Bradford, 2pm
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is meeting in Bradford at 2pm. For more details, see the full listing

6 April 2013, 7pm
Northern Desi M-Eatup in Bradford
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is doing a Northern Desi M-Eatup in Bradford. To join the event, visit here.

30 March 2013, 12pm
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is doing a Manch March Lunch in Manchester. To join the event, visit here.

24 March 2013, 2:30pm
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is celebrating Spring equinox/Nowroz with a party in Manchester. To join the event, visit here.

22 March 2013
Evening Drinks with Sudanese Atheist Nahla Mahmoud. 6:30-8:00pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. £3 entry; £1 for unwaged.

15 March 2013
Muslimish is launching a new group in Chicago, USA. If you or someone you know is an ex-Muslim who is willing to start a meet-up in your city or wants to participate in the NYC, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago or the online meetings please contact us at muslimishnyc@gmail.com. Muslimish is affiliated with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

2 March 2013
The Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-up Group is going out bowling in Leeds at 2pm. To join the event, visit here.

28 February 2013
Ex-Muslim Women’s Meet-up group will meet for lunch in central London from 11:30am-1:30pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

25 February 2013
Ex-Muslim apostate and refugee meet-up group from 11:30-1:00pm. To RSVP and receive further details, email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

23 February 2013
12pm, the Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-up Group is organising an Infidelicious lunch in Leeds. To join the event, visit here.

15 February 2013
Muslimish is launching a new group in Washington DC, USA. If you or someone you know is an ex-Muslim who is willing to start a meet-up in your city or wants to participate in the NYC, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago or the online meetings please contact us at muslimishnyc@gmail.com. Muslimish is affiliated with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

14 February 2013, 6pm
The Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-up Group is organising a meet-up in Manchester.

9 February 2013
Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-up Group is organising a day trip to Liverpool. To join the event, visit here.

28 January 2013
London, UK
There will be an ex-Muslim women’s coffee morning in January from 11:30-1:00pm and an apostate asylum seekers meet-up from 1:30-3:00pm. To RSVP, emailexmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

29 December 2012
Ex-Muslim Manchester Meet-Up Group Lunch

A CEMB-affiliated Manchester meet-up group has just been established by Sandbad. To join the group, visit here.

11 December 2012
End-Year Drinks with CEMB
Time: 18:30-20:00 Hours
Location: Central London
Entry: £10 per person; £7 for unwaged (including one drink and canapés).
Special Guest Speaker: Philosopher A C Grayling on ‘Secularism as a Human Right’.
Space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Reservations and payment deadline: 6 December 2012 via post and 10 December via email. For more information, click here.

17 November 2012
Private Luncheon for CEMB Web-Forum users
Forum members are invited to a private luncheon to celebrate the CEMB’s forum 4th anniversary. If you are interested in attending, please email exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com.

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s fifth anniversary
23 June 2012, London
1-4pm
To celebrate the work, significance and achievements of this unique organisation on its fifth birthday, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain are holding a fundraising luncheon on Saturday 23 June 2012 in London from 13.00-16:00 hours. Ticket(s) are £45.00 per person or £35.00 for students/unwaged. For more information, click here.

11 February 2012
Day in Defence of Free Expression
London Rally from 2-4pm, Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords. For more information, visit One Law for All.

International Conference on Women’s Rights, Sharia Law and Secularism
12 March 2011
10.00-19.00 hours
University of London Union, The Venue, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Conference on Apostasy, Sharia Law and Human Rights
11 December 2010
10:00-19:00 hours
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Sponsored by Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Iran Solidarity, National Secular Society, One Law for All and South Place Ethical Society.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 1900 hours
Venue: Central London gastropub
Fundraising Dinner to raise money for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All
Keynote Speaker: AC Grayling
Comedian Nick Doody, Singer/Songwriter David Fisher and Magician Neil Edward will do acts
To buy tickets to the event, which includes a three-course meal at one of the finest gastropubs in London , contact onelawforall@gmail.com or exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com. Tickets are £45 per person. If you can’t come to the event, please donate the equivalent so that volunteers of the campaign can attend the dinner.

Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s Rights, march 7, 2009, London
3:30-4:30pm, North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, London
Symbolic rally and march towards Red Lion Square from 4:30-5:30pm
6:00-8:00pm, Public Meeting on Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s Rights
Conway Hall, 25 Red Line Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Speakers at the public meeting include: Sargul Ahmad (International Campaign against Civil Law in Kurdistan Iraq Head), Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Journalist and British Muslims for Secular Democracy Chair), Naser Khader (Democratic Muslims Founder), Gina Khan (One Law for All Spokesperson), Kenan Malik (Writer and Broadcaster), Yasaman Molazadeh (One Law for All Legal Coordinator):Maryam Namazie (Equal Rights Now Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran and One Law for All Spokesperson), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism founding member), Fariborz Pooya (Iranian Secular Society and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Chair), and Carla Revere (Lawyers’ Secular Society Chair).

One law for all: campaign against sharia law in britain launch, house of Lords, 4-5pm, December 10, 2008, london

Political Islam, Sharia Law and Civil Society, October 10, 2008 at Conway Hall, London
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain presents its first international conference: Political Islam, Sharia Law, And Civil Society on Friday 10 October 2008 – International day against the Death Penalty – from 10am-6pm (Registration begins at 9am) at Conway Hall London 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL (Closest station: Holborn). Speakers at the event are: Mina Ahadi, Mahin Alipour, Roy Brown, Andrew Copson, Richard Dawkins,Giles Enders, AC Grayling, Johann Hari, Ehsan Jami, Rony Miah, Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya, Terry Sanderson, Joan Smith, Bahram Soroush, Hanne Stinson, Hamid Taqvaee, Ibn Warraq, Keith Porteous Wood, and Zia Zaffar. Thee vent includes a comedy act by Nick Doody, Fitna Remade by Reza Moradi and Breaking the Taboo by Patty Debonitas. To see the conference proceedings, visit CEMB site: http://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/indexPressreleases.html.

CEMB’s One year anniversary celebration, Central London , July 5, 2008, from 2pm onwards
We are asking members and supporters to join CEMB executive committee members for drinks to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and to meet other like-minded people in central London on 5th July 2008 from 2pm onwards. For more details, please RSVP by emailing us.

Sexual apartheid, Islam and political Islam and Women’s Rights, International Women’s Day seminar, March 10, 2008, Conway Hall, London
The Council of Ex-Muslims and Equal Rights Now, an organisation against women’s discrimination in Iran are holding a seminar in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 10, 2008 from 6-10pm at Conway Hall. The seminar will focus on Sexual apartheid, Sharia law, Islam and political Islam and Women’s Rights. Confirmed speakers at the seminar are: Louise Couling, Chair of the Regional Women’s Committee and member of the National Executive Council of Unison; Joan Smith, Novelist, columnist and human rights activist; Maryam Namazie and Mina Ahadi, the Councils of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Germany and National Secular Society Secularist of the Year award winners in 2005 and 2007 respectively, and Houzan Mahmoud, spokesperson of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq. The event will be chaired by Hanne Stinson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association. The seminar has been endorsed by the National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association and Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq.

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