Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Islamophobia - A Political Term Used To Scaremonger People Into Silence

Maryam Namazie & Sadia Hameed representing the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, call for a celebration of blasphemy.

International Blasphemy Day has just past. Watch this inspiring video made by ex-Muslims in various countries: The Future Belongs to Blasphemers.

Also see the world's first group bodypaint captured by both ground and drone in solidarity with ex-Muslims.

Some will ask why we must celebrate blasphemy when it is "hurtful" and "offends".

The answer is simple:

Because people can be killed for blaspheming and human life is more important than hurt sensibilities and offence.

As the Jordanian atheist, Mohammed Al Khadra said at the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history, "Where are your priorities? While we die, you are all thinking about Islamophobia?"

Islamophobia is a political term used to scaremonger people into silence; it imposes de facto blasphemy and apostasy laws where none exist. Where such laws exist, there are no accusations of "Islamophobia" but rather imprisonment, persecution and execution.

Another speaker at the July conference, Zineb El Rhazoui, who survived the attack on Charlie Hebdo because she was back in Morocco says "the right to blasphemy [marks] the boundary between barbarism and civilisation."

As the new edition of CEMB's publication: "The Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam" shows, it is especially dangerous for ex-Muslims living under Sharia.

CEMB is organising a protest at the Pakistani and Iranian embassies in London on 10 November to highlight a number of cases facing the death penalty such as that of Sina Dehghan, Soheil Arabi and Ayaz Nizami.

We are also campaigning for activists like Iraqi atheist Karrar Al Afsoor who has fled to Greece where he is being detained in awful conditions.

Despite the targeted persecution and slaughter of freethinkers, though, it is we who are still being blamed for the threats we receive and even when we are murdered - like the woman whose rape is blamed on the length of her skirt.We are outrageously even compared to Nazis for marching for LGBT and ex-Muslim rights at Pride in London by "progressives" who prefer to side with Islam and Islamism than with dissenters. [As an aside, Pride in London is still deciding whether to allow CEMB back at Pride next year given complaints(!) by the homophobic East London Mosque. CEMB has called on Pride to do the right thing.]

Spokesperson Maryam Namazie exposed the hypocrisy, double standards and racism of lower expectations at the 40th convention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation when she accepted the Freedom from Religious Fundamentalism award.

Thankfully, there are many who continue to support our work and the right to freedom of conscience and expression. This support has meant a great deal to us and enabled us to continue the important work we do.

Please continue to support us via donations (no matter how small), volunteering your skills (we especially need help with film editing and graphic design), as well as attending our protests and events. Sadia Hameed and Maryam are speaking at a number of events in Belgrade, Cambridge, Koln, Massachusetts, Melbourne, Nottingham, Pennsylvania and Rome.

In London, at our monthly meet-ups, we have everything from an ex-Muslim art workshop to "coming out parties" for ex-Muslims who decide to go public.

We hope you can join us at some of our events, including our 10 December End-Year event with food, drinks, speeches, music and dancing. G et your tickets to join us as soon as you can.

By the way, Deeyah Khan's film, Islam's Nonbelievers, which was about the work of CEMB and the situation of ex-Muslims in Britain and internationally has been shortlisted for the Asi an Media Awards in Investigative Journalism.

Thanks again for your support.

Looking forward to hearing from you or seeing you at some of our events.

Warmest wishes
Maryam Namazie
Sadia Hameed
Spokespersons
CEMB
BM Box 1919
London, WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom
exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com
ex-muslim.org.uk

3 comments :

James Quigley said...

Excellent article and I must praise all for their courage

Niall said...

Waow! Being an ex-muslim sounds like a vocation in its own right!

DaithiD said...

Its not just a tolerence of blasphemy we need, its also a tolerence of differences with others , and that difference doesnt easily progress to isolation for the holder. 'Progressives' call traditional femminists 'fascists' too for not accepting males who identify as women in their traditional gender spaces (like changing rooms). There was violence between the two groups in London recently where , what 99% call a male, and is biologically male, beat up an pensioner femminist and evelated himself to Rosa Parks status for his movement. My point is 'progressives' have no ideological positions, just a set of smears and opponents. Incredible to look back on the optimisim of the 60's in the West, wondering if people in the future today would be flying around in cars, or teleporting even. Instead we have blasphemy themed maladies, fascists as fleeting as phantasms everywhere, and FGM. Its probably a death spiral, we are too close to the arc to see it yet.

PS I am on about the Rosa Parks era of not obeying racial seating on buses, when she extended this protest to the designated disabled seating, it lost its lustre for me.