No, Westminster University Isn’t ‘Shredding All The Qur’ans’ Because Of ‘Prevent’

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The popular monotheistic religions have an established history of violent outbursts in response to perceived transgressions. One faith in particular stands out at this moment in time for its refusal to join the enlightenment.

Some may recall the reports of Qur’ans being desecrated by U.S guards at Guantanamo in 2005. This sparked deadly riots throughout the Muslim world.

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Iggy The Stockholm Dog

 

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Twitter’s ability to bring you the latest news before ‘the news’ gets around to it can be mentally (and emotionally) hazardous if your areas of interest are religious fanaticism and global terror.

Shortly after the Stockholm truck attack which left 4 people dead and many more injured, images of the carnage began to burn themselves into our brains, tweet by tweet. Scenes that belong in the 6th century were now being captured on the streets of Europe via 21st century technology. Some things cannot be unseen.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali And The Cost Of Speaking Up Against Islamism

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Author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has cancelled her Australian and New Zealand speaking tour, citing ‘security concerns’ according to reports:

Ali said in a statement she regretted that, “for a number of reasons including security concerns”, she had to cancel her upcoming appearances.

“She is very disappointed indeed about this but was left with no alternative following a succession of organisational lapses on the part of the event organisers, Think Inc,” the statement read.

She was due to speak at events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. Leading up to the scheduled talks, petitions were signed and anti-Ayaan videos were made. Labels such as ‘hate speech’, ‘Islamophobe’ and ‘white supremacy’ were invoked in order to mask what amounts to an attempt to enforce Islamic blasphemy law.

This all took place to the backdrop of Islamists in Australia being exposed for advocating death for those who leave Islam, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali did.

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Taking The Myth – March 2017 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics. We talk about the Secularist Of The Year Awards, the European Court ruling on religious dress, the laptop ban, Westminster terror, Blasphemy, Andy Kindler, BBC Asian Network and much, much more! And the ASLAN Awards return!

Recorded on Tues 28th March 2017.

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Ep#97 – Secularist Of The Year 2017 – Yasmin Rehman

This week on The #GSPodcast I bring you some coverage from the Secularist Of The Year Awards in central London, hosted by The National Secular Society. The main prize went to Yasmin Rehman. You can support the National Secular Society at http://www.secularism.org.uk

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Information on speakers:

03:15 – Terry Sanderson:

Terry Sanderson is the President Of The National Secular Society https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Sanderson_(writer)

04:34 – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British Journalist and Author https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasmin_Alibhai-Brown

11:28 – Scott Moore

Scott Moore and Let Pupils Choose, a Northern Ireland Humanists campaign,for challenging compulsory worship and religious privilege in Northern Ireland’s schools. http://strabanechronicle.com/2017/03/teenager-shortlisted-top-secularist-award/

15:35 – Houzan Mahmoud

Houzan Mahmoud and the Kurdish Culture project, for their initiative to provide a platform for Kurdish writers, feminists, artists and activists to advance gender equality, freedom and universal rights. http://kurdishcultureproject.org/author/houzanm/

22:40 ? Barry Duke

Barry Duke is a journalist and gay rights activist. Barry currently edits The Freethinker magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Duke

31:00 – Yasmin Rehman ? Winner Of Secularist Of The Year 2017

From the NSS website: ‘Yasmin has spent much of the past two years working to get the Government to recognise the dangers faced by ex-Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims from Islamic extremists. She has used her own home as a shelter for women at risk of domestic abuse’ http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/03/yasmin-rehman-named-secularist-of-the-year-2017

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