May 25, 2021
How free is free speech for #exMuslims? How did family and friends react? What is biggest challenge? Benjamin Jones, doctoral researcher at Warwick University, wants to know. If you an ex-Muslim living in the UK, and would like to take part, please contact him at Benjamin.Jones.1@warwick.ac.uk. Any ex-Muslim over the age of 18 is welcome to take part. Interviews will last roughly one hour, and will take place online (or via email, if preferred). Questions will consider your experiences, beliefs, activism (if applicable) and priorities. All participants will be given pseudonyms in the final research, so participants’ real names will...
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April 27, 2021
Two people have been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges and are being held in Arak. Yousef Mehrdad of Ardabil has been named as one of the two, although the identity of the other remains unknown. Yousef Mehrdad is facing other charges, including insulting Iranian leaders and acting against national security. According to Narges Mohammadi, vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, Mehrad has three small children. He has been unable to contact his family for eight months, according to her Instagram message. The second chapter of Iran’s Penal Code, Book 5, includes insulting sacred religious beliefs. Article...
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April 27, 2021
When Women Leave Islam: With Maryam Namazie, Secular Jihadists, 27 April 2021
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April 26, 2021
Sign a petition demanding release of Said Djabelkhir who has been sentenced to three years for ‘offending Islam’ in #Algeria. Islam is a belief that must be open to criticism & doubt. Real offence is violation of free conscience & expression. STOP 144 كفا 144 Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/haut-commissariat-des-nations-unies-aux-droits-de-l-homme-stop144-solidarite-avec-said-djabelkhir   #BlasphemyNotACrime TRIAL OF THE INQUISITION: ISLAMIST NEPOTISM On April 22, 2021, Saïd DJABELKHIR, an Islamologist, was condemned by an Algerian court to 3 years in jail following the complaint lodged by Abderrazak BOUIDJRA, a computer engineer, supported by some people from the Islamist movement, citing article 144 bis – an attack...
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April 20, 2021
Maryam Namazie’s TedX Warwick talk on Creativity in Protesting Religious Fundamentalism has finally been published a year later but without slides. Before her talk, there was an attempt to censor some of her slides with nudity. Also, the Islamic Society at Warwick University had petitioned against her talk. She refused to remove any of her slides and the talk went ahead as planned. However, TedX has now censored ALL her slides – a de facto anti-blasphemy policy. This after over a year of back and forth asking when it would be published. Initially, she was told that her talk would not...
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April 19, 2021
Dear Friend TEDX PUBLISHES MARYAM NAMAZIE’S CENSORED TALK Maryam Namazie’s TEDx Warwick talk on ‘Creativity in Protesting Religious Fundamentalism’ has finally been published more than a year later as a result of public pressure – but without any slides. Namazie had initially been informed that her talk would not be published. An advisory on the video states: ‘Some viewers may find elements of this talk to be distressing or objectionable.’ CEMB finds the de facto blasphemy censorship and the erasure and dehumanisation of ex-Muslim stories distressing and dehumanising. You can see the TedX video here. Censored slides can be seen...
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April 12, 2021
Fast-defying is persecuted in Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia… In protest, CEMB and Victoria Gugenheim are calling on people to dance, kiss, hug, sing, listen to music… – anything that is religiously prohibited – & share with hashtag: I don’t give a #Ramadamn at #Ramadan See Maryam Namazie dancing in protest. (Music by Shirin Mehrbod.) Find out more about why fast-defiance during Ramadan is a challenge to Islamists.
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March 26, 2021
ACT NOW – REINSTATE BATLEY SCHOOL TEACHER The Islamist rent-a-mob’s latest convergence has been on Batley Grammar School feigning insult when the real insult is mob rule at school gates. The point of a cartoon is satire. When you must apologise for satire in a lesson on blasphemy to those who threaten loudest, and suspend a teacher doing his job, things are upside down. Only fascists gather at school gates to intimidate schools and educators.  The more you capitulate to the demands of the religious-Right, the more they want. Give them an arm, they will take your whole head. Join...
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March 22, 2021
The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims and Atheist Republic have established #AtheistDay in order to normalise atheism, defend the basic right to freedom from religion, and to stand in solidarity with the many persecuted for being non-believers. Join us on 23 March with the hashtags #AtheistDay #IAmAtheist #AtheismMyRight
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March 18, 2021
Islamic Homophobia is Empowered by Leftist Silence, Queer Majority, 18 March 2021 In Muslim communities, homosexuality is intrinsically linked to anxiety, intimidation, violence, and, in some cases, death. For many, it involves living a closeted existence for fear of being ostracised or disowned. Islamic theological teachings, disseminated by religious institutions and espoused by community leaders, range from preaching for our execution to advising us to live a life of celibacy. Yet voices on the left, historically a stronghold of LGBTI support, do not sufficiently decry the abysmal treatment of gay and bi people of Muslim heritage, nor do they adequately...
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