Why Is @TedxWarwick refusing to release @MaryamNamazie’s talk on Islamic fundamentalism?

Maryam Namazie is an activist who runs the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. I’ve followed her courageous work for a number of years now. I don’t always agree with everything she says but what is clear is that her views are underpinned by a staunch commitment to human rights—specifically where minority voices are concerned.

I was pleased to see that in Jan 2020 TedxWarwick had hosted Maryam to present her talk on ‘Creativity in protesting Islamic Fundamentalism’.

Over a year later however, the talk his yet to be released by TedxWarwick. And we have been informed via Maryam Namazie’s Twitter that it’s not going to be released either, without not so much as an explanation from the organisers.

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Taking The Myth – March 2021 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics.

0:00 Intro & Iram talks about her laser eye surgery
5:29 Update on activist Zara Kay
7:28 Scottish man charged for ‘offensive’ tweet about Sir Tom Moore
17:50 BBC Woman’s Hour Muslim leader controversy
31:53 Supreme Court rejects Shamima Begum’s appeal to return to the UK
45:40 Coca-Cola ‘be less white’ leaked training sessions
51:12 Robin DiAngelo and ‘White Fragility’
57:42 The new racism of ‘anti-racism’
01:00:00 Twitter Question: Harry and Meghan
01:03:48 Twitter Question: Should ‘gay conversion therapy’ be banned?

Stephen Knight’s review of Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility’: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2020/07/book-review-white-fragility-by-robin-diangelo/

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Jesus & Mo comic: Why is CafePress imposing Pakistani blasphemy law on creators in the UK?

I’ve always been a great believer in the utility of satire in the war against bad ideas. There is something so uniquely powerful about eviscerating dogmas with a chuckle. This is far mightier than any knife, gun or bomb.

Whilst many satirists and activists in recent years have enjoyed the relatively risk-free act of mocking Donald Trump or sticking it to the ‘Nazis’, there are very few people brave enough to poke the hornets nest of Islamic fanaticism. In reality, the front line in today’s resistance to real and present fascism is comprised of Muslim dissidents, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims willing to vocalise their concerns with fundamentalist Islam.

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