January 15, 2010
Jonathan Dimbleby Chair Board of Trustees Index on Censorship Free Word Centre 60 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3GA Dear Mr Dimbleby We are deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of Index to censor its own magazine from publishing one of the Danish cartoons to illustrate an article relating to the subject. We believe this is a betrayal of those who are putting their lives on the line to defend freedom of expression. We should be standing together. It is only through a united stance that we can protect each other and defeat the extremists and those who wish to...
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December 17, 2009
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain held its second Annual General Meeting on 13 December 2009 in London. The AGM unanimously adopted a statement expressing the organisation’s concern over the Swiss vote to ban minarets. The statement said: ‘Far-right proposals to ban minarets are divisive, reactionary and in line with the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ agenda, which hands over ‘Muslims’ or those labelled as such to the political Islamic movement and denies the universality of the demand to live a life worthy of the 21st century. ‘Believing in Islam or any religion for that matter is not a crime. Neither is...
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December 14, 2009
Asad Abbas: I have been on the Executive Committee since the formation of CEMB and wish to continue. If elected, I look forward to playing an active role in the No Sharia Courts Campaign. I am a member of the National Secular Society, British Humanist Association and the Rationalist Association. I am also a trustee of South Place Ethical Society. I am a retired clinical psychologist and was born in India. Syed Jahiz: I have been an ex-Muslim for over 13 years and have lived in Middle East, Pakistan and England. I understand the issues faced by ordinary ex-Muslims. I...
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December 13, 2009
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is extremely concerned over the Swiss vote to ban minarets. Far-right proposals to ban minarets are divisive, reactionary and in line with the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ agenda, which hands over ‘Muslims’ or those labelled as such to the political Islamic movement and denies the universality of the demand to live a life worthy of the 21st century. Believing in Islam or any religion for that matter is not a crime. Neither is it a crime to have minarets in mosques. What are crimes, however, are groups or individuals using religion to threaten people to...
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December 11, 2009
Message from Fariborz Pooya Chair In just over two years, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has found its rightful place in the fight for equality in the UK and has set a precedence and standard for others to follow. Many living in countries under political Islam regard the CEMB as a beacon that guides them. By its very existence, the CEMB has set the scene for the recognition of the fact that ‘Muslims’ and people from the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and elsewhere are not a monolithic group and that in these societies, as in the ‘Muslim...
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December 9, 2009
A wide number of non governmental organizations and individuals from across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas have signed a common public statement affirming the nefarious role of fundamentalist politics and the need to counter it internationally. This charter highlights: The flawed ideological bogey of clash of civilizations, the role of public policies leading to greater inequality, and the impact of religious fundamentalisms and right wing identity politics in dividing people locally, nationally and internationally. Fundamentalist movements benefit from – A retreat of the state from the social domain that leaves the terrain open to the religious-political outfits to flourish....
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November 25, 2009
Hello As a follow up to our successful Nov 21 rally against Sharia law, we are organising a fundraiser dinner on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00pm at one of London’s finest gastro-pubs. We hope you will be able to join us to enjoy an excellent three-course dinner whilst supporting the One Law for All Campaign and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. The dinner’s keynote speaker will be AC Grayling, the renowned philosopher, author, writer, reviewer, and broadcaster. Tickets will be £45 per person. If you can’t come to the event but would like to support us nonetheless, please...
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November 22, 2009
Several hundred joined a rally in London’s Hyde Park organised by One Law for All to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism. At the rally, over 20 speakers and performers exposed the discriminatory and brutal nature of religious laws. They included Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Asad Abbas; International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Roy Brown; Philosopher AC Grayling; Southall Black Sisters’ Rahila Gupta; MP Evan Harris; Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq’s Houzan Mahmoud; Lawyer Rony Miah; Campaigner Maryam Namazie; British Humanist Association’s Naomi Phillips; European Humanist...
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October 26, 2009
Preliminary Notice Members are advised that the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is holding its second Annual General Meeting on Sunday 13 December 2009 from 14:00-16:00 hours in London. The AGM is only open to members. Members are requested to RSVP their attendance by 1 December 2009 and arrive no later than 13:45 hours. Nomination of Board of Trustees and Motions Those wishing to submit motions for the meeting, or nominations for Board of Trustee members, should do so in writing. A proposer and seconder are required for both nominations and motions, which must reach the CEMB by 1 December...
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September 22, 2009
London Exmuslims Meetup group has been running for a year now, had 12 events so far and increased to over 30 members in 12 months. Members are able to get acquainted with likeminded people, make new friends, openly share their views, go to talks & debates, to movies, have drinks & dinner evenings and camping trips. There will be an anniversary party on October 17 to celebrate its first anniversary. To join the meetup, click here. To start a meetup in your area, contact the CEMB.
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