September 12, 2019 Atheist Ireland
Atheist Ireland has today published a set of free lesson plans about atheism for children aged 8 and up. Schools and teachers can use the lesson plans during the school year, at whatever class level they feel is best. Parents can also use the lesson plans directly. They can discuss them one-to-one with their child, or let their child use them at school if they have opted them out of religion class. We do not want children to believe anything in these lessons, or in the book, simply because we say so. Like anybody else, we might be mistaken about...
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September 12, 2019
Media Coverage of #CelebratingDissent Festival at De Balie, Amsterdam during 30 August -1 September 2019 Celebrating Dissent festival, Humanistisch Verbond, 11 September 2019 Stand with the witches, heretics and blasphemers, Interview with Maryam Namazie, sister-hood, 10 September 2019 No Longer Without You Review, sister-hood, 10 September 2019 Celebrating Dissent – reflections after the festival, Humanisterna, 7 September 2019 Rishvin Ismath on the ISIS-attack on his life, turning away from religion and the great personal cost of his activism, Art 19, 6 September 2019 Women at the front, sister-hood, 4 September 2019 Celebrating Dissent Event Coverage, Amber Journals, 3 September 2019...
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September 12, 2019
Photos of Celebrating Dissent Festival at De Balie in Amsterdam during 30 August – 1 September by Jan Boeve / De Balie, Jenny Wenhammar and personal photos from social media.                                                   
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September 10, 2019
 Stand with the witches, heretics and blasphemers, Interview with Maryam Namazie, sister-hood, 10 September 2019 Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born writer and activist. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She hosts a weekly television programme in Persian and English called Bread and Roses. sister-hood interviewed her after the ‘Celebrating Dissent’ event she co-organised with the DeBalie venue in Amsterdam. PART 1 and PART 2 What does the Council of Ex-Muslims do, and why is it necessary? CEMB defends the rights of those who leave...
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August 6, 2019
Celebrating Dissent Festival during August 31 – September 1 in Amsterdam at De Balie will be a huge and historic event with nearly 50 contributors from 30 countries worldwide coming together to celebrate freedom through theatre, talks, poetry, film and stand-up comedy. The festival Celebrating Dissent honours freedom: freedom to think differently, freedom not to believe and freedom to be yourself. 31 AUGUST 2019 11:00: A Conversation on Women’s Dissent with Inna Shevchenko, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin and Zineb El Razoui. Music by Shelley Segal. Protest Art by Victoria Guggenheim. 14:00: Touching the Holy Subject with Nadia El Fani, Rishvin...
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July 28, 2019
On 15 July, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) wrote to the newspaper Het Parool to ask for a right to reply to a piece by Dino Suhonic, director of Maruf platform for queer Muslims in the Netherlands where a number of intentionally false statements were made about the CEMB and our fight for LGBT rights of Muslims and ex-Muslims as well as the rights to apostasy and blasphemy at Pride in London. CEMB urged the publication to rectify the falsities. Suhonic clearly has a right to criticise our organisation and work but the use of false statements to ‘prove’...
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July 11, 2019 Halima Salat
Halima Salat recited her poem “A Boy, A Village, A Death” for the first time publicly at Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) Pride in London Festival evening on LGBT Rights, Apostasy and Blasphemy on July 4, 2019. Halima is an ex-Muslim Kenyan Somali. She defines herself as a free thinker, a rebel and an atheist. She was born Muslim but no longer believes in Islam. She was a closet non-believer for a while until when she came to live in the Netherlands 3 years ago. Halima just recently had her “coming out” declaration in Amsterdam. She has many problems...
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July 9, 2019
 On 6 July 2019, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) marched in Pride London for the 3rd time as an organisation. This year, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a rebellion against the church’s religious morality, by marching as the Imams of Perpetual Indulgence. Instead of being the Council for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice that terrorise people by enforcing Islamic morality codes with brute force in the countries some of us have fled from, we were the Council for the Promotion of Vice and the Prevention of Virtue. Our...
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July 2, 2019 Maryam Namazie Picture
My interview with Nilantha Ilangamuwa in Sri Lanka’s FT She is energetic and outspoken. Her creativity on resistance against repressive regimes has attracted many communities around the globe. Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born writer and activist based in London. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She hosts a weekly television program in Persian and English called Bread and Roses. No doubt because of her activities for protecting and promoting human freedom, she is a top enemy of the country where she born. Maryam was born...
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June 25, 2019 No Entry sign
Dear friend As you know, in Many Muslim-majority countries around the world it is illegal for people to leave Islam; blasphemy carries a capital punishment, not to mention “mob justice” and lynching. Ex-Muslims from such countries seek asylum to gain protection and freedom to live without Islam with no danger to their lives. According to Asylum rules and regulations, anyone who has a well-founded fear of persecution should be granted protection. Given the persecution and threats of violence or worse that ex-Muslims face in Muslim-majority countries, it is Home Office’s moral and legal responsibility to provide protection to ex-Muslims by...
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