AFTER THE CHARLIE HEBDO MASSACRE, SUPPORT THOSE FIGHTING THE RELIGIOUS-RIGHT
After the massacre in Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, expressing indignation, as so many are doing, is not enough.
A quick look at the English-speaking media shows that whilst many condemn the violence itself, they also assert that Charlie Hebdo courted (and maybe deserved?) a strong response from “Muslims”. Charlie’s regular cartoonists did not spare Islam, any other religion, nor fanatics and bigots.
This trend in the media requires our attention. Apparently secularists, agnostics and atheists must keep silent and do not deserve the kind of respect that believers are entitled to; nor can they enjoy free speech to the same degree.
Maryam Namazie’s message to Charlie Hebdo’s editor in chief, Gerard Biard:
I spoke on a panel with you in November last year at the International Feminist and Secular Network in Paris.
I am writing to express my outrage at the cold-blooded murder of freethinkers at Charlie Hebdo today and to give my unequivocal support.
Freedom of expression and the criticism of religion and Islam are basic rights. Clearly, free expression without the right to criticise religion is meaningless. Throughout history, criticism of religion (that which is deemed sacred or taboo) has been intrinsic to human progress.
In the era of ISIS and the religious-Right, this criticism is a historical necessity and needed more than ever.
7 FEBRUARY 2015 SHARIA LAW, APOSTASY AND SECULARISM DAY-CONFERENCE WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE HEBDO AND THE MANY PERSECUTED FOR CRITICISING ISLAM AND RELIGION
Near London Kings Cross 9am registration; 10am-5:30pm
The exciting day-conference will include discussions on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression, apostasy and blasphemy laws, Islamism and the religious-Right, Sharia in the Law, Educational System and Public Policy, as well as Secularism and Citizenship Rights. Speakers will discuss the successful campaigns against the Law Society and Universities UK and how the fight for equal rights and an end to discrimination against ex-Muslims and for free expression are integral to the urgent fight against Islamism and the religious-Right and for a secular society.
Speakers at the 7 February conference will include Activist Ahmed Idris, Campaigner for Secular Education Aliyah Saleem, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Amal Farah, Activist Atoosa Khatiri, Secular Activist Chris Moos, Director of the Centre for Secular Space Gita Sahgal, Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco Imad Iddine Habib, Spokesperson of One Law for All Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Nahla Mahmoud, Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell, Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel, Founder of Ex-Muslims of Scotland Ramin Forghani, Nari Diganta’s Rumana Hashem, National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson and Women’s Rights Campaigner Yasmin Rehman.
Admin, I do not attack "all muslims" I attack the Holy Book of Islam which justifies and promotes atrocities against infidels - it's an ideology NOT a person. But do YOU know the difference? YOU, sadly are part of the problem Kenan Malik identifies. Read his article and recognise yourself.