In the Media
Sex segregation at university debates is not okay, Care2, 30 November 2013 [external link]
Should Britain ban the niqab? Channel 4thought.tv, 27 November 2013 [external link]
Leaving the Faith, BBC Radio 4, 27 November 2013 [external link]
British Universities shouldn't condone this kind of gender segregation, The Guardian CiF, 26 November 2013 [external link]
Atheism in the Middle East, Levant TV's Forbidden Talk, 20 October 2013 [external link]
Amnesty International urges Iran not to re-hang drug smuggler who is recovering after surviving his first execution, Daily Mail, 18 October 2013 [external link]
Leaving Islam behind is a scary prospect for Britain's ex-Muslims, Vice, 18 October 2013 [external link]
The Scholarly Web, Times Higher Education, 17 October 2013 [external link]
Iránec prežil 12 minútovú popravu. Obesia ho znovu, Aktuality, 17 October 2013 [external link]
Un iranian va fi executat pentru a doua oară, după ce a supravieţuit primei spânzurări, Journalul, 17 October 2013 [external link]
No-body- notatki o kobiecym ciele i nagości. Amina Tyler, Alaia Magda Elmahdy, Boushra Almutawake, ArtMix, 17 October 2013 [external link]
Pedofilia legalizzata? In Iran si può, Panorama, 11 October 2013 [external link]
Caos in Libia- Intervista a Maryam Namazie- Pedofilia legalizzata in Iran? Radio3 Mondo,10 October 2013 [external link]
Student atheists’ ‘offensive’ ‘Jesus and Mo’ T-shirts spark bitter freshers’ fair row, West End Extra, 10 October 2013 [external link]
LSE Student Outrage after they are told to cover up Jesus and Mo T-shirts,Huffington Post, 5 October 2013 [external link]
Atheist convention hosts celebrities, athletes, Oregon Faith Report, 31 August 2013 [external link]
On Homophobia and Racism, NSS newsline, 29 August 2013 [external link]
Stoning - the true horror, NSS Newsline, 9 August 2013 [external link]
Le Conseil des ex-musulmans de France est né, La Regle du Jeu, 10 July 2013 [external link]
Inna Schevchenko, JOL Press, 9 July 2013 [external link]
Interview exclusive de Waleed Al Husseini, fondateur du Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Enquete and Debat, 9 July 2013 [external link]
Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Slate Afrique, 8 July 2013 [external link]
Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Mag de Morocco, 8 July 2013 [external link]
Islam : au nom de la tolerance, Le Point, 7 July 2013 [external link]
Des athées lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Liberation, 6 July 2013 [external link]
Religion : création d'un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Parisien, 6 July 2013 [external link]
Des athées d'origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Midi Libre, 6 July 2013 [external link]
Des athées d'origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, AFP, 6 July 2013 [external link]
Création du conseil des ex-musulmans, Le Figaro, 6 July 2013 [external link]
Ex-Muslims form first French council for non-believers, RFI English, 6 July 2013 [external link]
The Morsi Code, NSWCorp, 5 July 2013 [external link]
Why is the left so blinkered to Islamic extremism?, Independent Voices, 28 June 2013 [external link]
ElMahdy, Liberation, 11 June 2013 [external link]
Sharia and Shahbagh, Pakistan's Daily Times, 5 May 2013 [external link]
Fitnah targets Islam; "ready to cause affliction", Interview with Maryam Namazie, Women's eNews, 2 May 2013 [external link]
Lividi sotto l’hijab: prima campagna saudita contro la violenza sulle donne, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 1 May 2013 [external link]
No flag large enough to cover the shame, Avijit Roy, Mukto Mona, 29 April 2013 [external link]
Interview with Maryam on Fitnah, Token Skeptic, 29 April 2013 [external link]
«Free Amina!» réclament les Femen à Paris, Liberation, 4 April 2013 [external link]
Femen Tunisie : Amina Tyler séquestrée et droguée par sa famille, Terrafemina, 4 April 2013 [external link]
Stand by for topless jihad, albawaba, 4 April 2013 [external link]
«La nudité est l’antithèse du voile», Liberation, 3 April 2013 [external link]
4 avril: Amina, 19 ans et 18 jours de captivité, Huffington Post, 3 April 2013 [external link]
Amina Tyler: o corpo é dela, não serve a honra de ninguém, Mondo P, 1 April 2013 [external link]
Dov’e Finita Amina? Atlas, 27 March 2013 [external link]
Amina: non, tout ne va pas bien..., Huffington Post, 26 March 2013 [external link]
Is this photo grounds for death? Daily Life, 25 March 2013 [external link]
Tunisian woman under fire for bare-breasted protest, Uncut, 25 March 2013 [external link]
Amina, JOL, 25 March 2013 [external link]
Tunisian, Amina, in psych ward for posting topless FEMEN photos, Digital Journal, 24 March 2013 [external link]
Topless Tunisian Femen Protester 'Amina' Threatened With Death By Stoning, Huffington Post, 22 March 2013 [external link]
Amina desaparece tras ser condenada a morir a pedradas, El Diario, 22 March 2013 [external link]
Tunisian Woman Sent to a Psychiatric Hospital for Posting Topless Photos on Facebook, The Atlantic, 22 March 2013 [external link]
Med sharia skal man land bygge, Weekendavisen, 15 March 2013 [internal link]
International Day to Defend Apostates and Blasphemers, Scoop, 13 March 2013 [external link]
International Women's Day: Time for Action to End Violence against Women, Iranian.com, 8 March 2013 [external link]
Women and Islam, The Thinking Atheist, 6 March 2013 [external link]
I want to shout out my atheism from every rooftop, A Better Life, 5 March 2013 [external link]
Muslimska domstolar på frammarsch i väst, Swedish GP, 4 March 2013 [external link]
Shortlist announced for Secularist of the Year, NSS Newsline, 25 February 2013 [external link]
Naakte feministen zenden schokgolf door Midden-Oosten, Trouw, 22 February 2013 [external link]
Nagie kobiety-rewolucjonistki w kalendarzu. "Dlaczego? Bo możemy!", SwiatOBrazu, 13 February 2013 [external link]
Pierwszy Światowy Dzień Hidżabu, Maryam Namazie quoted on World Hijab Day, onet.posts, 1 February 2013 [external link]
Hijab for a day, BBC News, 31 January 2013 [External link]
Winners of Passion for Freedom awards, Scoop, 7 November 2012 [external link]
My life as a connoisseur, The Spectator, 4 November 2012 [external link]
Religious versus secular student clashes resume, University World News, 14 October 2012 [external link]
Secularism 2012: A great success, NSS, 25 September 2012 [external link]
Islam: Dove sono i laici, Tellus Folio, 24 September 2012 [external link]
Laici Musulmani, il fatto societe, 22 September 2012 [external link]
London: Challenging religious privilege, Examiner, 16 August 2012 [external link]
Dawkins to speak at conference on Secularism, NSS Newsline, 14 August 2012 [external link]
Sex and secularism, Rush PR News, 30 July 2012 [external link]
Elle veut exclure des JO les pays qui voilent leurs femmes, Rue89, 24 July 2012 [external link]
Richard Dawkins, Aljazeera's The Stream, 30 June 2012 [external link]
On Kamloops conference, The Thinking Atheist, 11 June 2012 [external link]
The case for women, Pakistan’s The Friday Times, 18-24 May 2012 [external link]
Imagine no religion Canadian atheist convention sells out, Christian Post, 24 May 2012 [external link]
The Hejab or Bikini, Open Democracy, 17 May 2012 [external link]
International Call in support of Tunisian Secularists, Kapitalis, 13 May 2012 [external link]
When anti-racism becomes anti-woman, The Huffington Post, 1 May 2012 [external link]
Sharia Councils in Great Britain, Le Point, 13 April 2012 [external link]
FEMEN провели в Парижі акцію «Аллах створив мене голою!», ZN, UA, 31 March 2012 [external link]
Topless Revolution is here, Global Post, 30 March 2012 [external link]
Donne contro. Anima e corpo, La Regione, 30 March 2012 [external link]
Talking with Maryam Namazie: Stripping for Iran, NOW Lebanon, 26 March 2012 [external link]
Nude per la rivoluzione, Ilgiornale, 20 March 2012 [external link]
Peter Tatchell named as secularist of the year, Gay Star News, 18 March 2012 [external link]
Queen Mary Sharia Talk goes ahead despite Islamist Intimidation, NSS Newsline, 16 March 2012 [external link]
Des féministes posent nues pour soutenir la liberté des femmes, Gentside, 16 March 2012 [external link]
Iranian women pose topless for those who can’t, Forbes, 14 March 2012 [external link]
Tutte nude nel nome di Aliaa, l’Espresso, 13 March 2012 [external link]
Mideast women's rights movement comes into focus, Jewish News, 10 March 2012 [external link]
İranlı kadınlardan çıplak protesto, Radikal, 10 March 2012 [external link]Iranianas gravam vídeo nuas em protesto contra opressão sexual, Terra Brasil, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Féminas pitean con calendario entero piluchito, La Cuarta, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Iranerinnen demonstrieren nackt gegen Unterdrückung, Bild, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Des feministe posent nues pour un calendrier, 20 minutes online, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Mujeres iraníes se desnudan en protesta contra la oppression, Terra Chile, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Nude Calendar protests Muslim oppression of women, Care2, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Freedom unveiled: Iranian women strip to slam repression, RT, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Aktivis Perempuan Iran Beraksi Tanpa Busana, Inilah, 9 March 2012 [external link]
Aktivistice se skinule do gola za calendar, Vijesti, 8 March 2012 [external link]
8 marzo: donne su Twitter, tra impegno sociale e politica, Panorama, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Aliaa ElmahdyDes féministes posent nues en hommage à Aliaa Elmahdy, Le Monde, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Iranian women undress to protest their role as second class citizens, France24, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Nackt, mutig, selbstbestimmt: Der Körper als Waffe, Spiegel Online, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Il nudo rivoluzionario delle donne arabe, Italian AgoraVox, 8 March 2012 [external link]
'My body, my choice': Exiled Iranian women pose nude for video in protest against sexual oppression in their native country, Daily Mail, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Iranian Women go naked to oppose repression, NOW Lebanon, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Nues pour la revolution, Liberation, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Iranian Activist Likens Nude Revolutionary Calendar to Topless Tabloid, IBTimes UK, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Iranske kvinner kaster klærne, Norwegian NK, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Egypte - Le calendrier nu des féministes du monde entire, SlateAfrique, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Calendarul care le-ar fi putut aduce condamnarea la moarte. Un grup de iranience au pozat nud, Adevaril, 8 March 2012 [external link]
Phụ nữ Iran ngực trần phản đối Đạo Hồi hà khắc, Xaluan, 8 March 2012 [external link]
International Women's Day 2012: Nude Calendar Tribute to Blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, IBTimes UK, 7 March 2012 [external link]
Topless Iranian women say no to political Islam, Digital Journal, 7 March 2012 [external link]
International Women's Day 2012: The Nude Revolutionary Calendar, International Business Times, 7 March 2012 [external link]
On Sharia and One Law for All, Sweden's GP, 3 March 2012 [external link]An important stand for free expression, Scoop, 17 February 2012 [external link]
Civil life must bind us not ritual and religion, Polly Toynbee, Guardian CiF, 16 February 2012 [external link]
UK: Islamist intimidation shuts down free speech, Shiraz Maher, Stonegate Institute, 16 February 2012 [external link]
11 February: A Day to Defend Free Expression, New Zealand's Scoop, 20 January 2012 [external link]
Islamist stops university talk with threats of violence, National Secular Society Newsline, 17 January 2012 [external link]
Richard Dawkins to guest-edit New Statesman Christmas issue, 8 December 2011 [external link]
Nude Calendar Homage to Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, International Business News, 8 December 2011 [external link]
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Nude Activism and the Arab Spring, International Business News, 5 December 2011 [external link]
Local Islamists draw on British success to Bid for Sharia Law, The Australian, 7 October 2011 [external link]
Women Against the Law, The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio, 18 September 2011 [external link]
A Critic of Political Islam warns of 'Misguided' West, Huffington Post, 17 September 2011 [external link]
Romanian Youtube sensation set for Melbourne Conference, Melbourne Leader, 16 September 2011 [external link]
Maryam Namazie's interview on terrorism, Sharia law and the veil, ABC Newsline, 7 September 2011. Watch video here [external link]
Maryam Namazie's in depth interview with Virginia Hausegger, ABC News 24's One Plus One program, 2 September 2011. Watch video here [internal link]
Keeping quiet allows intolerance to thrive, Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 September 2011.
British experiment a warning on Sharia law, Chris Merritt, The Australian, 26 August 2011.
Strength in Numbers, Channel 7;Today Tonight, 24 August 2011.
Listen ABC Radio 774's ABC Radio 774's Conversation Hour with Jon Faine (Melbourne) interviewing Maryam Namazie along with artist Kavisha Mazzella and 9/11 survivor Genelle Guzman-McMillan, 24 August 2011.
British campaigner battles media cone of silence on Sharia law, Chris Merritt, The Australian, 23 August 2011.
Strength in Numbers, Channel 7;Today Tonight, 24 August 2011.
Listen ABC Radio Nationals ABC Radio National's Late Night Live with Phillip Adams interviewing Maryam Namazie along with Director of DV8 physical theatre Lloyd Newson whose latest work, Can We Talk About This? deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam. The production premiered in August 2011 at Sydney Opera House, and will be followed by an international tour. This documentary-style dance-theatre production is based on interviews, thoughts and speeches of individuals such as Maryam Namazie, the director of ‘One Law for All,’ which fights for the rights of women, and against Sharia courts and Sharia law being introduced in Britain, 22 August 2011.
Australia must fight call for sharia law, Maryam Namazie, The Australian, 12 August 2011 [external link]
On Stoning, BBC Uzbek, 11 July 2011 [external link]
Successful debate on Sharia law in Britain at House of Commons, Newsline, 8 July 2011 [external link]
International Day against Stoning, Washtington Post, 5 July 2011 [external link]
Support International Day Against Stoning, Richard Dawkins Foundation, 4 July 2011 [external link]
Dawkins urges constitutional reform to remove church role, Irish Times, 6 June 2011 [external link]
Last day of the Dublin Conference, Pharyngula, 5 June 2011 [external link]
Atheist confab in Ireland comes as Europe confronts religion in public life, CS Monitor, 3 June 2011 [external link]
Dublin hosts first atheist conference, Irish Times, 1 June 2011 [external link]
The great Olympic cover up, Standpoint magazine, 1 June 2011 [external link]
Scotland and the veil, Scotland Herald, 17 April 2011 [external link]
Maryam Namazie, A Courageous Activist,International Humanist News, 12 January 2011 [external link]
Night Waves, The Observer, 26 December 2010 [external link]
Conference examines Sharia and Apostasy, Newsline, 17 December 2010 [external link]
Passion for Freedom art exhibition, Human Rights Service, 12 December 2010 [external link]
New photo raises false hopes in Sakineh saga, France 24, 10 December 2010 [external link]
Violence and Restraints on Women in Islamic Immigrant Communities, AHA Foundation, 9 December 2010 [external link]
One Law for All report cited in The official indulgence of Islamism in East London, Nick Cohen, The Spectator, 5 December 2010 [external link]
Western lobbying bars Iran from UN women's agency, The Australian, 11 November 2010 [external link]
2 foreigners arrested; tied to stoning case, AP, 10 November 2010 [external link]No Sharia law in Britain, Maryam Namazie, Sofia no. 97, Religion and Social Justice, September 2010 [external link]
I am afraid of dying,' CNN, 31 July 2010 [external link]
Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie's interview in Persian, Voice of America, 30 July 2010 [external link]
Iran stoning case asks to be reunited with her children, Guardian, 30 July 2010 [external link]
Iranian mother facing stoning pleads to see children, AFP, 30 July 2010 [external link]
Campaign to stop stoning, Fox News, 30 July 2010 [external link]
Iranian with stoning sentence tormented, AFP, 30 July 2010 [external link]
Protests held worldwide against execution of Iranian woman, CNN, 25 July 2010 [external link]
BBC 5 Live on Sakine's case, 24 July 2010 [external link]
Human Rights test case call for sharia law, Law Society Gazette, 24 June 2010 [ external link ]
Coverage of 20 June rally, RT, 20 June 2010 [ external link ]
Hundreds expected for Sharia law rally this weekend, PinkPaper, 17 June 2010 [ external link ]
Maryam Namazie interviewed on Sharia arbitration in Britain, BBC The World, 15 March 2010 [external link]
Maryam quoted on Fears over non-Muslim’s use of Islamic law to resolve disputes, The Guardian, 14 March 2010 [external link]
Maryam quoted on Scots Lawyers lead way with Sharia advice, Sunday Herald Scotland, 7 March 2010 [external link]
Maryam Namazie’s interview on International Women’s Day and situation in Iran, New Jersey USA’s progressive radio, 1 March 2010 [external link]
One Law for All on BBC Oxford, February 25, 2010 One Law for All on BBC Oxford
Maryam is interviewed on February 11 protests in Iran on ITN News, 11 February 2010 [external link]
Maryam Namazie quoted on Sharia law, Express, 7 February 2010 [external link]
Maryam's article on Sharia law in the Independent World, February 1, 2010 [external link]
Maryam Namazie's debate on banning the burka, Ireland's Newstalk Radio, 31 January 2010 [external link]
East meets west: speakers debate women’s rights and religious beliefs, The Irish Times, 27 January 2010 [external link]
Maryam Namazie on BBC Radio 4 on Sharia Law, 22 November 2009 [external link]
Maryam’s interview with the Secular Humanist League of Brazil, November 11, 2009 [external link]
Maryam Namazie’s chapter published in a book called 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we are Atheists, October 2009 [external link]
BBC Our World, Interview with Maryam Namazie on Sharia law, October 2009 [external link]
BBC Woman's Hour interview on the burka with Maryam Namazie, July 2009 [external link]
Easy Living Magazine writes about Maryam Namazie and her campaigning work, July 2009 [internal link]
One law for all activist speaks at UofT, The Strand, March 29, 2009 [external link]
One Law for All, National Post, Canada, March 12, 2009 [external link]
On sharia law in Britain, French TV, March 11, 2009 [external link]
Raise your voices against Sharia, Newsline, February 27, 2009 [external link]
Women on Women, The Observer [external link]
Free Speech Threatened, BBC [external link]
Victims of Intimidation [external link]
Sharia law called racist, CNSNews [external link] [external link]
Free to think for themselves, AC Grayling [external link]
Richard Dawkins' Commentary [external link]
It's time to take a stand against Islam and Sharia, The Times [external link]
Maryam Namazie - top 45 women of the 2007, Elle Quebec [external link]
Religion in schools, Teachers TV [external link]
A new brand of non-believers, ABC News [external link]
Ex-Muslim Committee launch in Holland [external link]
On the veil, Islam and political Islam, Icelandic TV [external link]
Borders exist to be crossed, Anthony McIntyre for Gallerie [external link]
On Islam, BBC's Newsnight [external link]
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain media coverage, June 2007 [external link]
The courage of their convictions, AC Grayling, June 19, 2007[external link]
There is an immense difference between understanding something with one's head, and understanding it with one's guts. Think of the phrase, "the courage of one's convictions". This week the true meaning of these words, hitherto eroded into a flat nap-worn cliche by overuse and misuse, comes home with the force of a kick in the belly. For on Thursday June 21 in London, a group of people are going to take a stand for their principles in a way that involves real courage, admirable courage, and which at the same time lights a torch of hope in a dark quadrant of the world's affairs.
The occasion is the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, following the establishment of such groups elsewhere in Europe, notably Germany and Scandinavia. The British branch is led by the outstanding Maryam Namazie, Iranian-born champion of (among other things) human rights, women, and refugees from religious persecution. The manifesto of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain eloquently speaks for itself, and I hope Maryam Namazie and her fellow-members of the council will not mind if I quote it here in full, because it deserves the widest publicity, not least because the 10 demands appended to it constitute a bill of rights which is absolutely necessary for everyone, non-religious and otherwise, to adopt and observe now that the world is again experiencing, with such bitterness, widespread religion-generated difficulties.
Eye of the Storm
DNA Magazine, December 2006 [external link]
MAryam Namazie is selected as one of 2006's most intriguing people by the best selling magazine for gay men in Australia.
Some women from Muslim backgrounds believe that Islam and women's rights are antithetical. Maryam Namazie, a British-based human rights activist, said recently: "Debating the issue of women's rights in an Islamic context is a prescription for inaction and passivity, in the face of the oppression of millions of women struggling and resisting in Britain, the Middle East and elsewhere. Anywhere they (Islamists) have power, to be a woman is a crime."
Namazie is of the Left. She is the director of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran's International Relations Committee and has been named British secularist of the year. But in general, she notes, the Left, the traditional defender of human rights, is silent about the oppression of Muslim women.
Maryam Namazie of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran left the country in 1980, a year after the Islamic revolution and now lives in London. She said: "Khatami should be arrested, not honoured, it is an outrage. Khatami has held positions of power in Iran since Khomeni's days, he represents the regime and is a defender of the supreme spiritual leader and the Islamic Republic."
I know that there are a lot of manifesto buffs who read Comment is free, and the Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism looks like it deserves a bit more publicity. It seems to me that it is rather a better document than the Euston manifesto for a number of reasons:
1. It is being promoted by people who have some personal stake in the matter: it is specifically aimed at establishing a position against military or economic warfare against Iran, and it is being sponsored by a number of Iranian opposition groups who have a decent claim to speak for Iranian democratic opposition. The UK contact is Maryam Namazie of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran, who won the "Secularist of the Year" award last year for her courageous opposition to Iranian totalitarianism specifically and authoritarian Islam generally.
Sir: Thanks but no thanks. Many of us have fled the Islamic "lifestyle" Dominic Lawson advocates for Britain (Opinion, 20 June). Islamic laws are anything but lifestyle choices. They are imposed by brute force. The penalty for gambling, doing drugs and drinking alcohol is execution under Islamic law and so too is it for having an affair, acts incompatible with chastity, apostasy, blasphemy, and so on. With the rise of the influence of political Islam in the heart of Europe, Mr Lawson should be very careful what he wishes for. MARYAM NAMAZIE LONDON WC1
For those who have despaired of Marxism in the face of the cults and sects who hide their reactionary perspectives behind little red flags, Maryam Namazie's position comes as a breath of fresh air. A genuine Marxist committed to universal human emancipation, who measures progress in terms of lives saved and not papers sold, she has tormented oppressors in a way unimaginable to the sectarian ponds of quacking ducks. Her place has been at the coal face where she intends to remain and not amongst the paper sellers of the quack pack.
Rezas friend the great Iranian freedom fighter and feminist Maryam Namazie immediately took to the podium. She said, Whilst we may all be sometimes offended by some things, it is religion and the religious that are offended all of the time. They alone seem to have a monopoly on being offended, saying their beliefs are a no go area, and silencing all those who offend. She began to pass the images of Mohammed around the Square. Lets all hold up these images. They cant arrest all of us! she declared. Still, Reza has received a summons for disturbing public order. Is it illegal to mock religion in this country now? If the police are going to be consistent, they should charge me, Peter Tatchell, Maryam and every other person at that rally, now. I await their summons for daring to speak freely at a free speech rally in a free country.
'The reality is that Islamism is one of the great dangers in the world today and the reaction we have been witnessing around the cartoons is just the tip of the iceberg. The people of the Middle East have been faced with this reactionary movement for over two decades now. It decapitates people, it still stones women to death in the 21st century, and it imposes sexual apartheid wherever it has power and is ruling. The cartoon crisis is just another wake-up call really for the people of Europe about the situation and the need to stand up firmly to this movement.'
Salman Rushdie is among a dozen writers to have put their names to a statement in a French weekly paper warning against Islamic "totalitarianism".
But what resources of self-criticism has atheism developed? Little, it seems. Rarely is a critical lens directed inwards. Once the campaigning atheist has seen the light, they remain on-message, keen to convert all unbelievers. Last week, as Maryam Namazie picked up her award for Secularist of the Year, she proposed "an uncompromising and shamelessly aggressive demand for secularism. Today, more than ever, we are in need of the complete de-religionisation of society."
Maryam Namazie personifies the gulf between liberal apologists and those who really want equality...
Maryam Namazie, inveterate campaigner for the rights of women and refugees in Islamic countries was named as the winner of the inaugural Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year last Saturday. Maryam received her prize a cheque for 5,000, sponsored by Dr Michael Irwin from Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee at a glittering event in London...
Journalist Polly Toynbee then too the stage, to present the inaugural Irwin Prize to human rights campaigner (and BHA employee) Maryam Namazie. Maraym has been tireless in her opposition to the Iranian government in particular, and Sharia-justified opression of women, for many years, and was a deserved winner.
Already, Maryam is branded as an Islamophobe for speaking out against the Iranian regime. Now she's worried that the law against religious hatred will make her life even harder.
Maryam Namazie: You have people telling you what you are saying actually in defence of humanity is now racist. But in reality the real reason behind the support for this law is because they want to silence critics but in effect they're gonna use it against me and against people like me who are standing up to the Islamic movement, criticising Islam and the political Islamic movement.
Marayam Namazie is an Iranian refugee who has long campaigned for both women's rights and against Islamic repression. As a result she has been condemned as an Islamophobe, even by anti-racist organisations. 'On the one hand', she says, 'you are threatened by the political Islamic movement with assassination or imprisonment or flogging. And on the other you have so-called progressive people who tell you that what you say in defence of humanity, in defence of equal rights for all, is racist. I think it's nothing short of an outrage.'
These include the likes of Arab womens rights advocate, Maryam Namazie, who declared, The 21st Century must be the century that rids itself of political Islam.
Criticising Islam is not racist, writes Maryam Namazie on the Iranian Secular Society website: "An attack on Islamic states and laws is not only permissible but a requisite given the indescribable violence and misogyny meted out by Islam in political power.
"In Iran the number of witnesses required to prove a crime is higher if the witnesses are female. The legal age for girls to marry is nine. Any form of friendship or association between the sexes outside marriage is punishable by flogging, imprisonment, forced marriage and stoning to death. These are not merely a different kind of freedom."
As the passionate secularist, the British Iranian Maryam Namazie writes: "If you remove all forms of intimidation by Islamicists, Islamic laws, racism, cultural relativism and ghettoisation by Western governments, the norms that women are not equal to men, very few women would choose the veil."
Maryam Namazie, at a conference on Women in the Middle East, said, Women living in Islam-stricken societies and under Islamic laws is the outrage of the 21st Century. Burkah-clad and veiled women and girls [subjected to] beheadings, child sexual abuse in the name of marriage and sexual apartheid are the most brutal aspects of women's third class citizen status in the Middle East.
"The situation of Afghan refugees is truly an immense human tragedy," says Maryam Namazie, executive director of the London-based International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR).
Tony Jones speaks with Maryam Namazie, the executive director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees. The International Federation of Iranian Refugees is loudly opposing the planned stoning, and is urging other human rights organisations, unions and regular people, to join in the protest.