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 Namazie had initially been informed that her talk would not be published.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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March 7, 2021
The ‘modesty costume’ in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has rightly become a symbol for women’s protests. Just don’t forget. In real life, this costume is called the #hijab and many #women are imprisoned or attacked for refusing to wear it. Like in #Iran. #SameSexismDifferentCostume #ResistGilead #ResistIslamicTheocracy #8March #InternationalWomensDay # IWD2021
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March 3, 2021
#JusticeForZaraKay The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims is pleased to announce that Zara Kay will soon arrive in Australia today 4 March 2021 after weeks of facing threats and risk to her life in Tanzania.  She finally flew out of Tanzania on 1 March, having missed a 26 February flight after being stopped by police at the airport. As had previously been reported, Zara Kay, Founder of Faithless Hijabi, was detained on trumped up charges on 28 December 2020 and held for 32 hours at the Dar es-Salaam Oysterbay Police Station. Credible sources revealed that the politically-motivated charges against her had...
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February 27, 2021
Prey, review by Maryam Namazie, Evening Standard, 27 February 2021 In her new book , the Somali-born critic of Islam appears more concerned with defending the criminalisation of migration than finding solutions to end the rise in sexual violence against women in the UK and Europe, says Maryam Namazie Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born critic of Islam and Islamism. In 2004, she became known internationally after Dutch director Theo van Gogh was murdered for a short film she had written called Submission on women’s subservient status in Islam. The Islamist who murdered him, threatened that she would be next....
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February 19, 2021
Australian citizen Zara Kay at risk in Tanzania, Doughty Street Chambers, 19 February 2021 An Australian citizen and human rights defender, Zara Kay, has suffered unlawful and arbitrary detention, intimidation, harassment and serious threats to her safety in Tanzania, where she remains stranded. Zara is an activist and human rights defender who founded the organisation “Faithless Hijabi”, which supports women ostracised or abused after leaving the Islamic faith, after her own experience of choosing to leave the faith. She moved to Australia in 2012 and got Australian citizenship in 2018, giving up her Tanzanian citizenship in the process. Zara has faced...
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