We must defend free expression to fight Islamism and sharia
- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On March 10, 2012
- 2 Comments
- Islam, Sharia
As you know, One Law for All has recently been involved in campaigning to defend freedom of expression, both here and abroad. We will continue to do so. Not only is there a moral imperative to defend free expression, but it is precisely this vital right that is under attack by Islamists all over the world as they attempt to frighten people into silence and prevent any discussion of Islam or sharia.
Sharia Law and Human Rights: Take Two at Queen Mary College
In January, my own speech on ‘Sharia law and human rights’ at Queen Mary was cancelled by the organisers following Islamist threats. This was followed by various motions being passed at other universities cracking down on ‘Islamophobic speech’. We are therefore pleased to report that the cancelled Queen Mary talk has been rescheduled and will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS. Both Maryam Namazie and I will be speaking from 7pm on Wednesday 14th March. Please note that anyone attending the event who is not a student or staff of QM must register in order to be admitted into the event.
International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates
On 14 March, we are also calling on people and organisations all over the world to stand with us in defence of those who risk their lives because of their expression. We are asking people to take action by organising a protest or vigil, writing letters, making a video – or any other action – defending 10 cases whose lives and freedoms are at risk such as those of Hamza Kashgari of Saudi Arabia charged with blasphemy for tweeting about Mohammad and women’s status, Alex Aan of Indonesia charged with blasphemy for saying there is no god on Facebook, Asia Bibi of Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting Mohammad’, and others listed here. You can join its Facebook Page here. Their lives depend on us standing up for their rights and we must continue to do so.
Other events in the upcoming months
In the upcoming weeks I will also be speaking at a Kent Critical Law Society Conference on Sharia law and Maryam will be joining a panel discussion on free speech, multiculturalism and Islam with the Director of the critically acclaimed DV8 Physical Theatre production ‘Can We Talk About This?’ showing now at the National Theatre. Full details of this and other events can be found here.
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