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14 March 2013: International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers

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UPDATE: SEE ACTIONS TAKEN TO MARK THIS DAY HERE.

Countless individuals accused of apostasy and blasphemy face threats, imprisonment, and execution. Blasphemy laws in over 30 countries and apostasy laws in over 20 aim primarily to restrict thought, expression and the rights of Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

On 14 March 2013, we, the undersigned, call for an international day of action to defend apostates and blasphemers worldwide by highlighting ten cases though there are countless more.

Alex Aan, Indonesia: 30 year old atheist, in prison for blasphemy for saying there is no god on Facebook. Sign Petition Here.

Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Baz (also known as Ben Baz), Kuwait: Blogger and atheist charged with blasphemy.  Support him here.

Turki Al Hamad, Saudi Arabia: Novelist in prison for Tweets critical of Islam and Islamism. Write Letter Here!

Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia: Charged with apostasy for setting up a website that “harms the public order and violates Islamic values”. Sign Petition.

Asia Bibi, Pakistan: 45 year old Christian mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting Mohammad’. Join Save Asia Bibi Facebook Page Here.

Hamza Kashgari, Saudi Arabia: 23 year old Muslim charged with blasphemy for Tweeting about Mohammad and women’s status. Sign Petition Here and Here.

Saeed Malekpour, Iran: Sentenced to death for ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’. Join Free Saeed Malekpour Facebook Page Here.

Shahin Najafi, Iran:  A death fatwa for apostasy has been issued by Iranian clerics against Shahin Najafi living in Germany for a song critical of an imam.  Support Shahin Here.

Ahmad Rajib, Bangladesh: The well-known 35 year old atheist blogger had his head hacked apart with a machete one day after attending anti-Islamist protests in Bangladesh.

Alber Saber, Egypt: The atheist blogger has been sentenced to three years in prison for blasphemy. Support Him Here.

We urge the public to mark this day by taking action in support of the many women, men and even children languishing in prison or on death row.

We must never forget them.

Take action on 14 March to highlight this intolerable situation, including by Tweeting, signing a petition, writing a letter of protest, drawing a picture, taking a photo, making a video – anything at all to defend free expression and thought and the many whose lives are at stake.

Signed

Aakar Mathur, Electronics Engineer, India, Proud Atheist
Adlin Binti Abd Jalil (Makcik Hajjah Sitt Al-Wuzara), Jamaah Al-Murtadin wal Musyrikin (Murtads in Malaysia and Singapore), Malaysian based in Sweden
Afsaneh Ramez
Alan Cooper
Alan Palmer, Trustee, British Humanist Association
Alastair Lichten
Alexandra Cook, The Brights
Alexandra Schoen, Atheist, Germany
Alison Randall, aka the Reverend Hellbound Alleee, Church of the SubGenius, NCW freethinkers, Washington State
Allan Harmer
Amir Tavakoli, Stockholm
Ana Lucic, Student and Atheist, Canada
Andrew Cummins
Andrew Edmondson
Andrew Mortlock, Staffordshire, England
Andrew Rowe
Andrew Zdenkowski, Australia
Andy Austin
Anita Zawiślak, member of Polish Rationalist Association, Poland
Anna Bergström, Trustee, Swedish Humanist Association
Anne Baker
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
Anthony B Pinn, Academic, USA
Anwar Bilal, Indian-American ExMuslim
Asad Abbas, UK
Ayse Duygu, 20, Free Minds Münster
Babak Yazdi, Head of Khavaran, Canada
Bala Naidoo
Barry Walker
Behzad Varpushty, Atheist, Secularist, Humanist
Ben Holgate
Ben Six, Student, UK
Bill Jennings
Bjarte Foshaug
Bjørn Johannessen
Brad Garrison
Brendan Maher, Atheist/Secularist Humanist, Ireland
Brian & Helena Wilder
Brian Conklin Jr, Student, USA
Brian Creamer
Brian D. Engler, USA
Brian Leslie
Brian Perkins
Brian Trenbeath
Brian Vroman, Community College philosophy instructor, Minnesota, USA
Bry Outlaw, Atheist
Campbell Rule, Regsitered Nurse
Carlos A. Diaz, President, Atheist Alliance International, Argentina
Carmen Finnigan, member of CFI Saskatchewan
Caroline Fourest, Writer, France
Cathy Oliver
Cathy Oliver, President, Ontario Humanist Society, ON, Canada
Center for Inquiry
Central London Humanists
Charya Hilton, Atheist feminist, UK
Chris Davis
Chris Fiorentino, Student and Atheist, Canada
Chris Mirana
Christian Grass
Christopher Chadwick
Christopher Roche, Bath Atheists, Humanists and Secularists, UK
Colin Jamieson, student, University of St Andrews
Contessa de Metoncula
Cort Greene
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Craig Morgan, Atheist, California, USA
Craig Sanderson
Craig Vikernes, UK
D. R. Khashaba
Dan Boneh, Ph.D – author of “Lo Haya velo Nivra” – the first atheist manifesto in Hebrew, Tel Aviv, Israel
Daniel Abineri
Daniel Bradman
Darell Irving, Australia
Darina al Joundi, Writer and Actress, France
Darren Johnson, London Assembly Member, UK
Dave Gilbert
Dave Watts
David Brindley, Atheist and Humanist, Oxford, New Zealand
David Dubois, Teacher, France
David Gamble – Skeptic and Atheist
David Gray, Australia
David Nicholls, President, Atheist Foundation of Australia, Australia
David Pollock, Trustee, British Humanist Association, UK
David Taylor
Deborah Pimental
Derek Walsh, Regional Officer, Atheist Ireland
Dinesh Dalal
Dirk Verhofstadt, Author, The Third Feministic Wave’
Djemila Benhabib, auteure, Prix international de la laïcité 2012
Dominic Wirdnam, Bristol Secular Society
Don Whitty, ON, Canada
Dr Ant Allan, Atheist, rationalist & humanist; UK
Dr. Shaker B. Srinivasan, USA
Dylan Gray, Athiest – Australia
Edward Sadkowski
Edward Toque-Tanniou
Elaine Ansell
Elham Manea, Writer, Switzerland
Elif Söz, 33, Free Minds Münster
Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran
Eric Hanson, Atheist Chicago, Illinois USA
Ertan Zeki
Esam Shoukry, Organization for Secularism and Civil Right in Iraq, Canada
Eve Beresford, Anthropologist
F. E. Long, RN, United States of America
Fakher Haddaoui, Tunisia
Faraz Ahmad
Fariborz Pooya, Iran Secular Society, UK
Felix Strüning, Stresemann Foundation, Germany
Fouad Boussetta, Montreal, Canada
Franco Pace
Frank Bath
Fredrik Sandberg
Gaylene Wetzel, atheist – former Christian, Centre For Inquiry, Saskatoon, SK., Canada
Gemma Gray
Gene Spencer, Freelance writer/Journalist, Nottingham/London, UK
Gérard Ponthieu
Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space, UK
Glen Carrigan
Graham Piddington
Greg Burke
Greg Lammers
Greg Sharpe, Atheist, UK
Guy Otten, Trustee of the British Humanist Association
Hanne Stinson, UK
Harald Kavli, Atheist
Harold Walter Kroto, 1996 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, USA
Harris Wain
Helen Palmer, Chair of Central London Humanists
Henrik Sundt
Houzan Mahmoud, International Representative, Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, UK
Ian Kirk, Australia
Ian MacKay
Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
Ileen McDuring, Writer and Atheist, United States.
Imad Iddine Habib, an outspoken Moroccan Atheist, Co Founder of “Masayminch” Movement (We Won’t Fast) against the article 222 of the Moroccan penal code which consider eating in public during Ramadan as a crime
Jaakko Wallenius, Lohja, Finland
Jacek Tabisz, President, Polish Rationalist Society, Poland
Jacqueline Fleischer
James Lindsay
Jan Wojcik
Jane Bursnall
Jean Davies, Ex-Christian
Jeff Parkes, Citizen and atheist, Australia
Jim Craig-Gray
Joe Kelly
John A Wagner
John and Alison White
John Griffin
John Liesch, community-based researcher, Simon Fraser University
John Morton
John Tyrrell
Jordan Opst, Atheist and secular activist
Jordan Stephenson, Student, UK
Joseph Collins
Joseph Gelovani
Josh Altom, American, currently studying in the UK
Josh Kutchinsky, Central London Humanists
Joy SD Charles
Justin Doolittle
Kaja Bryx, President, Wroclaw Branch of the Polish Rationalist Association.
Kamal Fahmi
Karen Lynn, Atheist
Kay Kaufmann
Keith Cardwell
Ken and Elaine Moon
Kendra Getty, atheist, Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon, Canada
Kerry Barnsley
Kim Grais, Atheist, UK
Krista Lomu, United Kingdom
Labi Siffre, Atheist, Secularist, Songwriter, Musician, Poet
Lâra Yudum, 26, Free Minds Münster
Larry Lepthien Former Christian, Atheist
Laurence Villard
Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical Physicist
Lea Tapp
Leonie Fulton, Teacher and Atheist, Australia
Les Mallett
Liam Perry, Atheist and Humanist
Ligue du Droit International des Femmes
Lila Ghobady, Writer & Documentary maker, Canada
Live Lepperød, Norway
LJ Briar, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lloyd Newson, Producer, DV8 Physical Theatre, UK
Louis Price
Louise Mailloux, Writer, Centre for Inquiry, Montreal, Canada
Lucie Mayer, Opera singer, teacher and social activist, Montréal, Québec
Mahendra Mathur
Malcolm Bradstock
Margaret Kroto, UK
Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism Is A Women’s Issue, France
Marjan Teal, Atheist, Manchester UK
Mark Mennie, Humanist
Mark Panzarino
Mark Senior
Markian Hlynka
Martin S Pribble
Martine Buffin
Marty McCorkle, Fine artist and painter
Marty Woods
Mary Grove, Central London Humanists (committee member)
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, One Law for All and Equal Rights Now, UK
Matt Marshall, Atheist, secular humanist in Cleveland, OH, USA
Matthew Alexander
Matthew Schickele, composer, USA
Matthew Willcox
Mehrzad Wolf
Michael Araujo
Michael Bennett, Humanist, London, UK
Michael De Dora, U.N. Representative, Center for Inquiry, USA
Michael Greenwood
Michael Greenwood, anti-theist, Australia
Michael J. Forster
Michael McGrath
Michael Nugent, Chair, Atheist Ireland, Ireland
Mikko Ulander, Finland
Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning and Execution, Germany
Monique Blaize, cartoonist, comic artist
Muhammad Habib, Atheist, Bangladesh
Nadia Duvall, UK
Nahla Mahmoud, researcher and activist, Sudan/UK,
Najat Kessler
Nancy Shuford, Homemaker, United States
Nathan Hevenstone
National Secular Society
Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and co founder, Stop Child Executions, Canada
Neale Adams
Nicholas Jones
Nicola Duffy, New Zealand
Nima Mashouri
Nina Sankari, President, European Feminist Initiative, Poland
Norense Clive Aruede, London Black Atheists
Oliver Bennett
One Law for All, UK
Ophelia Benson, Blogger
Organization for Secularism and Civil Right in Iraq
P Madhusudanan
Pablo Pastore, Biology student, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pallab Kalita, Student
Patricia Rogers
Patrick Rentmeesters – coôrdinator Humanistisch Vrijzinnige Vereniging gewest Brussel -Belgium
Patrick Vuiton
Patrik Lindenfors, Stockholm University
Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity
Paul Ivanoff
Paul Sellick, Humanist, Secularist, London, UK
Pavel Mahmud, Ex-Muslim from Bangladesh. Currently, grad student in NJ, USA
Peter & Annette Cotterill (former CFO & CEO Learning Through Action Trust)
Peter Bowley
Peter Evans
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner, UK
Philip Schröder, protestant Christian
Philip Wagstaff`
Philippe Bérard
Pierre A Renaud, Atheist Freethinkers
Pippa Mitchell, Chair of Imperial College London Atheists, Secularists and Humanists
PJ Floyd
Prue Jinka
Prue Jinka
Rafiq Mahmood, Indonesia
Raheel Khan, Centre for Inquiry Toronto
Rainer Ebert, Rice University & Bangladesh Liberal Forum
Ratul Das, Lawyer, India
Ray Norman
Rebecca Poata-Smith, New Zealand.
Rebecca Watson
René Hack, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reshad Sergeant
Rev. Dr. John Hunt, ordained atheist minister
Richard Dawkins, Scientist and Atheist, UK
Rob Mallows, Central London Humanists
Robert Ferris, Atheist, Dublin, Ireland
Roger Lowe, Atheist, Australia
Roger Winchester, Atheist and secularist, UK
Ronald Lindsay, President, Centre For Inquiry, USA
Rose-Anna Bleasdale
Samson Salamat, Pakistan
Sarah Brown
Sarah Hague
Secularism is a Women’s Issue
Selin Yesil, 24, Free Minds Münster
Setareh Sharifzade Abdi, Atheist asylum seeker from Iran, Sweden
Shahla Daneshfar, Women’s rights campaigner, Co-ordinator of Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran, International Labour Solidarity Committee -Iran
Sheila Crosby
Shiva Mahbobi, Women’s rights campaigner, spokesperson of Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran
Siba Shakib, Writer/Filmmaker, Germany
Siddhant Shirodkar, Atheist/Secular Humanist
Sikivu Hutchinson, Editor, blackfemlens.org, USA
Simon Arnall, Australian, Humanist Atheist
Simon Gandevia
Soad Baba-Aissa , President, Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie, France
Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK
Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Belgium
Stefan Detrez
Stellan Svensson
Stephen Howling
Steve Bowen
Steve Caldwell, atheist — Bossier City, Louisiana
Steve Hossen
Steven Howard, Australia
Steven Rowlinson, Unemployed biologist from Manchester UK
Stuart Theobald, journalist, entrepreneur, atheist
Sture Qvarfordt, Member, Swedish Humanist Association
Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe, UK
Sundas Hoorain, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan
Tarek Fateh, Writer, Canada
Taslima Nasreen, Writer
Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society, UK
The Ontario Humanist Society
The Pink Triangle Trust
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
Tim Ayres
Timothy Ward
Tom Doherty
Tommi Paalanen, Finland
Ulf Gustafsson, Sweden
Uwe Max Jensen
Victor Franco, Vice President, Atheist Alliance International
Victoria Gugenheim, Atheist bodypainter and fine artist
Vince Quackenbush
Vincent Federico
Yann Ménard, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Z A Akbar

[Please note: You can still add your full name as well as affiliation if any in the comments section below but the above list will not be updated after March 15.]

NOTES:

1. Join the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain at its upcoming events. On 15 March, there is a Muslimish launch in Chicago; evening drinks with Sudanese atheist Nahla Mahmoud on 22 March in London; 24 March Nowrooz Party in Manchester; and a meet-up for apostate refugees and asylum seekers on 26 March in London. Find out more here.

2. See the CEMB’s latest statement against sex segregation at an Islamist-organised event at UCL. The university banned the group IERA from holding future events on its premises. More information is available here.

3. Read Maryam Namazie’s most recent speech at Birmingham University’s Reason Week on Apostasy and Freedom of Conscience and watch her interview on shouting atheism from every rooftop.

4. See the latest media coverage, including a piece in the Washington Post about Muslimish and Maryam’s interview with the Thinking Atheist.

5. To donate to the important work of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, click here.

6. For more information:
Maryam Namazie
Spokesperson
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
email: exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

Company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales under company number 8059509.

285 comments

  1. Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about 14 March 2013: International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers | Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain .

  2. It’s high impotance and useful for us , we need communicate our issues and defend us.
    Thanks for all…

  3. Make this happen, yes!

    Adlin Binti Abd Jalil (Makcik Hajjah Sitt Al-Wuzara), Jamaah Al-Murtadin wal Musyrikin (Murtads in Malaysia and Singapore), Malaysian based in Sweden

  4. Religions are just a bunch of fairytails. We stop believing in fairytails when we grow up!

  5. Blasphemy and apostasy Laws are in contravention of Articles 18 & 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration Of Human Rights and such laws should be anathematized. It is beyond my comprehension how countries such as Saudi Arabia & Pakistan that have such laws can be on the U.N. Council for Human Rights. Why is the U.N Doing so little to force these countries to comply with the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights?

  6. Dan Boneh, Ph.D – author of “Lo Haya velo Nivra” – the first atheist manifesto in Hebrew, Tel Aviv, Israel

  7. Shreyas ” It’s shame that religion particularly islam has to resort to such violent and barbaric means to hold on to its grip on the masses” It is the fear which has been put into muslims from their childhood. Sahih Bukhari Volume4, Book52, Number260 ” The Prophet said, ‘If a muslim discards his religion Kill him ” That is the reason, muslims have killed some time their own children, who stray away from Islam. see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com and you will learn some thing.

  8. John and Alison White.” It is horrendous that in 2013 people are punished for criticizing religion,deities an d or individual clerics ” NOT all religions do that? Can you tell me which religion punishes for doing that? Name them.

  9. The time has passed when self righteous so called religious leaders of all sects should not take themselves so seriously and get a life and let everyone believe and speak as they wish. I support this international day of action. In doing so I also support Cathy Oliver of the Ontario Humanist Society.

    Don Whitty

    ON, Canada

  10. Going to heaven is not compulsory.
    If your faith does not come from your heart even God will not accept it.
    God want us to love Him and without freedom you cannot love. If God does not want us to be free he would have created us robots not humans. Apostasy and Blasphemy chocks freedom, create hypocrites and suffocate creativity and terrorise people. Apostasy and Blasphemy laws contradict with article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Right.

  11. I believe in freedom of expression, and these blasphemy/apostasy sentences are complete outrages.

  12. I support this movement. Punishment for blasphemy and apostasy, the ultimate insecurity.

  13. All religion is superstition. If people have a religion that is their own private and personnel business; nothing to do with any one else. Keep free speech. I may have to tolerate some ones religious views as they have to tolerate my atheism . However I do not have to respect religious views, I support this campaign 100%

  14. I am Christian. I believe it is horrendous that we have all become so afraid of each other. Our minds were created for reasoning and logical thinking. How anyone can believe that imprisoning another for their belief or lack there-of is acceptable is beyond me. My thoughts and prayers go out to those afflicted.

  15. Women’s rights campaigner, Co-ordinator:of Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran, International Labour Solidarity Committee -Iran

  16. It never ceases to amaze me that omnimax gods with millions of faithful followers require laws to protect them from ridicule and criticism. By any logic blasphemy laws are an admission that your gods are weak or, more likely, absent.

  17. I believe in this :
    Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Article 1
    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
    Article 2
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
    Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
    Article 3
    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
    etc etc…
    source : http://www.lexilogos.com/declaration/index.htm (translated in 70 foreign language)
    Fr

  18. Please count me in. I support you wholeheartedly. Unfortunately we are too few and these bastards invariably enjoy state support

  19. Every human being must have the power to choose or not to any sort of religious belief,.affiliation towards any. They should have the right to express their opinion freely without fear of intimidation and violence. Some religions openly promote violence, threat and other sorts of aggression to promote their brand of religion, ideals and beliefs which is kind of stonage thinking.

  20. atheist, Germany

    Verbal proselytising is the “worst” I’ve ever had to deal with. I stand in awe of the courage of my fellow atheists who live in less fortunate circumstances and speak out loudly nonetheless.

  21. I support the right of anyone to abandon belief in any religion without fear of retribution, but I don’t accept the label “blasphemer” as a legitimate term in public discourse.

  22. These laws are oppressive and ridiculous. Our minds should not be prisons. Our governments should not be wardens who tell us what we may question and what institution or idea is about reproach or critique.

  23. Gaylene Wetzel, atheist – former Christian, Centre For Inquiry, Saskatoon, SK., Canada

  24. Unemployed biologist from Manchester UK. I fully support your efforts, keep fighting; keep struggling. The world has to be dragged into the present; it will not catch up if we simply idle by.

    Best wishes,
    Ste.

  25. Regsitered Nurse, parent of two, husband to one, humanist, skeptical thinker, ex missionary child in NIgeria.

  26. pour la liberté d’expression……et pour la liberté de penser des apostats !!!!!

  27. If a man of blind faith can say that Mohammed was a prophet, a reasonable person has full right to say that Mohammed was NOT a prophet.

  28. If someone says arbitrarily that Mohammed was a prophet, a reasonable person has full right to say that Mohammed was not a prophet.

  29. atheist and secularist, i long for the day when a person can say god does not exist where ever they want without fear of persecution by the closed minded.

  30. This persecution will not be tolerated – please add my support.
    Greg Sharpe, Atheist, UK

  31. I had to look apostasy up in a dictionary. More medieval practices performed by men in frocks. What are they all afraid of? Secularism and the right for peaceful belief and non belief should be the right of all. I support this campaign.

  32. I support this campaign, in the name of freedom of speech, and even if I’m not an atheist. I hope these people will be free as soon as possible.

  33. This is the 21st Century. The fact the words ‘apostasy’ and ‘blasphemy’ are still relevant to the global civilisation is beyond belief. These aren’t crimes, they are a sign of intelligence.

  34. This is a fantastic campaign and I absolutely support it. Blasphemy laws inhibit freedom of expression and pose a serious threat to those who peacefully disagree with the majority.

  35. Please add my name. I am proud to support blasphemers and apostates. Freedom of expression should be a universal right and religion deserves no special defence!

  36. Punishing people for things they don’t do… Sounds very Orwellian; you’re never sure if you’ve done everything!

  37. I fully support this endeavour.
    Peace.
    Lucie Mayer
    Opera singer, teacher and social activist
    Montréal, Québec.

  38. Nobody should be punished for not following a religion, or daring to question and criticize beliefs.

  39. Count me in. The forced silencing of doubters is indicative of a flawed, and doomed system. And contemptable when it depends on such patently doubtful assertions.

  40. If you want to support this noble cause, you also need to support secularism, starting here in the UK.

    Join the National Secular Society (if you are religious) or your nearest British Humanist Association group (if you are non-religious). Both of these organisations are fighting to separate religion and power.

    Until our government removes special privileges for religious organisations, we can expect religious discrimination to continue. This means:

    converting all publicly funded religious schools to fully inclusive community schools

    ending compulsory worship in schools

    replacing the biased subject Religious Education (RE) with a proper subject such as Philosophy & Culture

    allowing all public criticism of religious ideas

    disestablishment of the Church of England

    removal of bishops from the House of Lords

    mandatory sex education in all schools

    teaching evolution from the age of 5 in all schools

    barring all religious and extremist organisations from schools, e.g. anti-abortion, creationist, jihadist

    removing exemptions for religious organisations from the Equality Act, e.g. discrimination against employees, women, gay people, etc

    the list goes on and on.

    Unless the UK becomes 100% secular, there will be tacit endorsement of religious discrimination.

    Add your voice. It costs nothing.

  41. خدا و مذهب در مملكت من يعني ايران از همان اول خون ريخته و خورده و مخصوصا خداوند كه در موقع تجاوز به زندانيان هميشه گم و گور ميشود ولي در موقع منافع حكومت اسلامي دوباره ظاهر ميشود ، من و تمام دوستانمان در سازمان اكس مسلم با تمام وجود بر عليه اين دو خرافه ميجنگيم تا از ميان ببريم آنچه كه باعث ويرانيمان شده.

  42. +1
    Freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom from religious tyranny.

  43. The moronic right wing racists don’t care, and the left wing followers of fashion are too worried about being perceived as ‘Islamophobic’ (preposterous word). These brave people have no voice and deserve our support.

  44. I am signing my name on behalf of Brothers and Sisters in Chains on one of Facebooks groups who pray & support those imprisoned, underground or being forced to be silent concerning their faith & salvation in Jesus Christ.

  45. If only barbarians could feel embarrassment or shame for their own actions.

  46. Freelance writer/Journalist, Nottingham/London, UK.
    Freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom from religious tyranny.

  47. Homemaker, United States. It is disgusting to me that in this day and age, a person can be imprisoned for even questioning the existence of a supernatural being for which there is no extraordinary evidence. I stand with reason and with the accused.

  48. The freedom of thought and speech are inherent rights to ALL humans. We must defend our friends in other lands who are subjugated by fascist religious ideologies,

    Craig Vikernes

    UK

  49. Apostates and blasphemers need our protection because they are persecuted for merely not believing in the same fiction as others which is not grounds for some of the atrocities that they suffer.

  50. The laws on blasphemy should be thoroughly reviewed through an open debate without fear. They are used as a tool to settle a score and this abuse of law brings shame to the religion rather than bringing respect to it.

  51. I believe the Right to Offend should be considered a natural right and the most important following the Right to Life.

  52. The reason that religious people are so agressive to rational folk is that they know that “faith is believing something that you know is not true” ( Mark Twain). Therefore, they revert to violence as they have nothing to offer in the way of reasoned argument.

  53. Electronics Engineer, India. Proud Atheist. Want to see the end of mob mentality and abolition of religion.

  54. Freedom of thought and expression!

  55. Trustee of the British Humanist Association

    This is a very important campaign

  56. There are two very basic human rights …
    – Freedom of thought
    – Freedom of speech

    I will not tolerate the ongoing misogyny, intolerance, violence, intimidation and murder being dispensed by irrational beliefs on an industrial scale in complete violation of those basic rights.

  57. It is extremely saddening, but unsurprising, how time and time again people violate other individuals’ basic human rights all in the name of religion. Somehow religion is that poison that can circumvet human empathy and compassion.

  58. I support the Ex-muslims of Britain (and everywhere) and the International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers. As Maryam Namazie has expressed better than anyone else, rights, equality, tolerance, and respect are for PEOPLE, not for beliefs, not for practices, not for traditions, and not for ways of life. Leaving the most important questions in life up to blind faith is NOT a virtue, and ideas that must be kept sacred to survive the clash with reality don’t deserve life to begin with.

  59. Philip Schröder, protestant Christian, god is love for all people, not only some chosen

  60. Monique Blaize, cartoonist, comic artist, hoping to use my art to promote this right here, :)
    As an ex-Christian we get off the hook really easy, and I just wished that ex-Muslims can be seen as human beings not abominations by the same people they use to and probably still do love.

  61. It is already 14th March here where I am currently in New Zealand. International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers has my full & unconditional support. We must not be meek & passive when defending our freedom to think freely & exercise freedom of speech. I loved that quote by someone earlier: Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.- Robert G Ingersoll.
    Proud to support you but sad that such a campaign is necessary.

  62. Ex-muslim from Bangladesh. Currently, grad student in NJ, USA.
    I fully support this day.

  63. I cannot believe that these laws exist. It disgusts me. Courage to all who stand up against them. xxx

  64. … VERY well said… if you “dumb down” the population; they will follow… In no way do I mean to insult those that feel they need a person, place or thing to believe in, in order to “make sense” of their existence but I do however feel that I can (and have so far) live a fruitful, loving, caring, respectful and contributing life without such crap trying to tell me how to do so.

  65. I fully support international day to defend apostates and blasphemes.
    Religion is repulsive enough, but blasphemy laws are truely disgusting.

  66. I am totally against laws against blasphemy or even people taking offence at anothers opinion, it is a last resort attempt to defend the indefensible and I find it totally repugnent. Please give me a little more notice next year of this special day, I would like to assist in making known the bravery of these people.

  67. *”You can join, but you can’t quit.”: religion mafia-style? Crazy.
    *Thy shalt keep thy religion to thyself, please!!!
    *Well, this was also very informative: as an atheist, I now have a list of countries not to visit.

  68. Student
    We need a day like this and everything else we can do to support ourselves in this world of fanatics.
    We are not afraid.

  69. I am an atheist seeking asylum in Sweden
    International Day of apostasy minded Congratulations to all

  70. I am an atheist seeking asylum in Sweden
    International Day of apostasy minded Congratulations to all

  71. Stop repression and oppression of peoples in the name of faiths.Right of freedom to speech is to be treated as a natural law,natural law can’t be questioned.It must agreed by any religion/faiths.In ancient days at Greek some one(Pythagoras) who said earth is a globe/round not flat was punished! Are you believe today that earth is flat?!

  72. Imad Iddine Habib, an outspoken Moroccan Atheist, Co Founder of “Masayminch” Movement (We Won’t Fast) against the article 222 of the moroccan penal code which consider eating in public dring Ramadan as a crime! and memeber of many organizations and movements.

  73. Get out of the memepool, it’s the twenty-first century! (Okay, the fifteenth A.H., for desert-dwellers.)

  74. Enormous amounts of harm – as well as good – have been done in the name of religion. It is important that we should listen respectfully to the views of others (unless they advocate violence or coercion), but should all also be free to use our (distinctively human, some would say “God given”) rationality in our assessment of dogma and religious influence.

  75. The capacity of religion to cause suffering is undiminished – it takes huge courage to stand up and dissent.

  76. I have great admiration for you all with this worthwhile initiative.

    Atheist/Secularist Humanist.

    Dublin,Ireland.

  77. Freedom of expressions is the least a person should be entitled to. Obviously.

  78. I very much welcome this initiative.
    Darren Johnson – London Assembly Member

  79. As a Marxist, Proletarian internationalist,human rights and solidarity organizer living in Florida. I call for release these brave people fighting religious dogmas everywhere from Iran to USA to Indonesia. Stop repression and oppression.

    Rojo Rojito
    Cort

  80. Physical imprisonment of others is a reflection of the mind of the imprisoner – closed and a room bare of life’s loveliness.
    I just shake my head in disbelief that this nonsense still goes on

  81. “Mark Twain said that faith is believing what you know ain’t so. Well, political correctness is doing what you know ain’t right.”

    “Multiculturalism in Europe is dead in the water, as every recent election has shown. Even the politicians are admitting it now. Some people cling to the illusion of it still, the way the Soviets clung to the illusion of Communism, but it’s over, and these show trials and violent street attacks are symptoms of its death throes. They’re the desperate acts of desperate people who’ve totally lost their way. Criminalizing opinion is an open admission that lawmakers have lost control, and created a situation they can’t handle. But that’s what happens when the people are never asked for their opinion, and, when they give it, it’s ignored.
    Pat Condell

    Free speech is here to stay. Tell your representative.

  82. I strongly support all efforts to get the scourge of religion out of public affairs and dialogue. I condemn the violence, punishment and threats directed at people whose only ‘offence’ is that they do not believe in a god or anything else supernatural.

  83. Human rights are indivisible. We must support our brothers and sisters who are oppressed for engaging in free speech.

  84. As an atheist in the UK, I cannot begin to imagine the dangers my comrades face in other countries. You all have my respect and admiration. We are with you all the way.

  85. Let no-one fear to speak his or her mind. In this way truth is served and untruth put to the test.

  86. Apostates and blasphemers have my total support and admiration. Well done to the organizers for bringing the public’s attention to this important issue. As a public school principal in Australia I’m equally appalled by the intrusion of religion into our public schools.

  87. As an atheist in the UK, I cannot begin to imagine the dangers my comrades face in other countries. You all have my respect and admiration. We are with you all the way.

  88. Please spread the word and tell all of your friends. This is a very important issue that, if not dealt with now, will have future ramifications for our children.

  89. Mind boggling that we have to deal with this stupidity in the 21st century. Luckily, the internet is making these things public.

  90. We are so lucky living under a tolerant regime in the UK. We have our courageous forebears to thank for that.

  91. Simon Arnall, Australian, Humanist Atheist and I couldn’t be more in support of this!

  92. Atheist, Grays, UK

    If you lack the freedom to think and speak you are a prisoner, not a citizen.

  93. Tommi Paalanen, Helsinki, Finland. I strongly support freedoms of thought and speech!

  94. Patrick Rentmeesters – coôrdinator Humanistisch Vrijzinnige Vereniging gewest Brussel -Belgium

  95. To all Humanist’s: It appears at times that although we have come some one million years; some are yet to accept the truth.
    Our ignorance is God; what we know is science. Robert G Ingersoll
    I could have said it better!!
    Barry Walker

  96. Why oh why everytime a specific Muslim issue is raised, people bring up things from the history of the West to counter balance and justify any ‘negative’ opinions the might have on the subject? Unnecessary Neo-Liberalism beyond reason. Grow a pair and wake up to what a dense, evil religion is spreading through the World like a cancer before its too late

  97. These stories are dreadful. The secular world needs to unite to stop such atrocities.

  98. If God is so powerful and all knowing, why do his followers have to fight against those who do not believe. Why is their God, needing such vigorous defence, when, if their God exists, God can strike the sinner down today or let the evil one suffer eternal damnation later. This should be enough punishment for a disenting view.

  99. International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers has my absolute support.

  100. Good luck to you all over this, & future, campaigns. This disease of Islam — at least in its political form — has to be stamped out so that atrocities such as the ones listed here do not happen again.

  101. Apostates and Blasphemers do not exist because in order to be they would have to prove that God exists and that in itself is a myth.
    Organized religion is fairly new in our human animal story ! God was invented by men to serve men and also to explain natural phenomena and to control the commoners..Nothing has changed much and just look at what is happening with the Catholic Church and its misogyny! .What a brilliant concept invented by Jews while influenced by the Egyptian who started monotheism.
    There are many examples even in the old Testament to prove that Judaism was not always monotheistic and worshipped many pagan Gods like the Golden Calf and even had human sacrifice like Abraham offering to kill his beloved son. But he was no fool and invented a story of a burning bush and a voice to tell him to stop..Yeah…The best marketing ploy ever conceived by a “Jew” Ha ha they have been good at it ever since!
    Anybody who tells me he or she hears a voice, I think straight away that they need some Psychiatric help..The best proof that there is no such a thing like God is that animals are Atheists.
    They do not destroy our environment, nor engage in genocides, nor conceive weapons of Mass destruction.How could a so-called perfect higher Intelligence create such a perverse animal like the human animal the most dangerous and destructive on this entire Planet? In the Christian faith, this perfect higher Intelligence needed a Holy Ghost to conceive Jesus and make Mary pregnant..No man necessary..How logical is that?That would contradict God himself and how he supposedly created men and women in such a way that they would need to have sex in order to reproduce and now that he wanted a son, he needed the help of some wholy Ghost because sex was not good?
    .Ha ha Give me a bloody brake! Human animals are light years away from being civilized and by the time we might even become the slightest, we will no longer exist as a species, having multiplied to oblivion and obliterated anything alive on this Planet..

  102. Let the god defend itself, the citizens are using this law to settle petty private fueds.

  103. Your bravery and determination are an example to everyone who believes in freedom from medieval values of all descriptions.

  104. Blasphemy laws demonstrate why atheists, freethinkers and all advocates of a secular world should unite and support the organisations that are lobbying for the most basic of human rights – freedom of speech and freedom of thought. The challenge is enormous and pressing, given the many individuals that continue to be threatened, persecuted and languish in prisons. There is no guarantee that reason and justice will progressively prevail over the views and edicts of the ideological tyrants and religious zealots seeking to maintain and/or expand blasphemy laws the world over. These groups have enormous resources at their disposal and include governments, states and wealthy transnational corporations, also known as churches. It’s up to each of us to demand an end to the threats and persecution.

  105. It is now time to put an end to the suffering of humanity at the hands of religious tyrants; where ever they are and whoever they maybe:
    It is now time to educate the world and free humanity from the shackles of religious slavery.
    Freedom from all religions is realizing ones SELF in all its potential. It brings happiness and peace to the world and removes all those self professed religious leaders into oblivion.
    Freedom from religion is freedom from ignorance!

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  106. I oppose all attempts at having blasphemy initiated into law anywhere in the world. SG

  107. Blasphemy is completely incompatible with 21st century and age of knowledge. It’s shame that religion particularly Islam has to resort to such violent and barbaric means to hold on to its grip on the masses.

  108. I am a Unificationist, but even I am skeptical of my church’s doctrine. If a god exists, I do not think that he wants us to hate each other or remain ignorant about science.

  109. It is horrendous that in 2013 people are punished for criticisng religion, deities and or individual clerics. Countires which practice such barbarity are back in the days when in Western countries burned heretics and ducked witches – 300-400 years ago. Join the 21st centuary!

  110. Surely there are more important things to worry about in the 21st century than which god a person chooses to believe or not believe in.
    When the whole planet is threatened by environmental degradation, global war, overpopulation and food scarcity it is a bit daft to be killing and imprisoning people based on ancient tribal superstitions.
    Get over it.

  111. I salute these brave people, I will help them fight the poison of religion.

  112. I am an atheist from Bangladesh. In last few years, many atheists are attacked and murdured in Bangladesh. My life is in danger.

  113. I fully support the idea of an International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers.

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