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Jamaat Leader Caught Carrying Bombs

The Jamaat-e-Islam Amir of Rajshahi, Ataur Rahman, was picked up in Dhaka with a stash of homemade bombs and a collection of jihadi literature authored by Jamaati leaders.

A very nice man

Jamaat leaders in Rajshahi announced the shutdown on Tuesday hours after Ataur Rahman was picked up for his alleged involvement in Monday’s attack on an Awami League office in the city.

The Rapid Action Battalion detained him around 5:15pm on his arrival at the capital’s Kalyanpur from Rajshahi by a bus, Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan, director of Rab’s intelligence wing, told The Daily Star.

The Rab official claimed that the elite force personnel seized 20 handmade bombs and 12 books on jihad written by different leaders of Jamaat from his possession.

His other hobbies are stamp collecting and painting watercolours.

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Islam must be scrutinised

This is a press release by The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to make public its support for Tom Holland’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Islam: The Untold Story’. We are indignant to learn that due to threats made on Holland, Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of the historical inquiry into the origins of Islam similar to the kind of inquiry that has been applied to other religions and histories in Britain for many years.

The threats and concerted attempt to stigmatise the documentary and its producers by attacking its credibility and even legitimacy as a field of inquiry is nothing less than an attempt to impose a blasphemy taboo by stealth and coercion against programming that scrutinises Islam.

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11 February: A Day to Defend Free Expression

Jesus and Mo (peace be upon them)

This is a press release from One Law for All

HOLD THIS DATE – 11 February 2012
A Day to Defend Free Expression

One Law for All is calling for a rally in defence of free expression and the right to criticise religion on 11 February 2012 in central London from 2-4pm.

We are also calling for simultaneous events and acts in defence of free expression on 11 February in countries world-wide.

The call follows an increased number of attacks on free expression in the UK, including a 17 year old being forced to remove a Jesus and Mo cartoon or face expulsion from his Sixth Form College and demands by the UCL Union that the Atheist society remove a Jesus and Mo cartoon from its Facebook page. It also follows threats of violence, police being called, and the cancellation of a meeting at Queen Mary College where One Law for All spokespersonAnne Marie Waters was to deliver a speech on Sharia. Saying ‘Who gave these kuffar the right to speak?’, anIslamist website called for the disruption of the meeting. Two days later at the same college, though, the Islamic Society held a meeting on traditional Islam with a speaker who has called for the death of apostates, those who mock Islam, and secularist Muslims.

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The Ties That Bind

Muslims have a long and distinguished record of service in the British armed forces.

But this record has been almost completely obliterated in recent years by the competing narratives of the Far Right and of hardline Islamists. Both blocs, for their own ideological reasons, seem to assert that one cannot be both a loyal Briton and a good Muslim at the same time.

In Ties that Bind former Islamist Shiraz Maher recaptures this lost history of Muslim service to the Crown. Maher shows that this collective past constitutes the basis of a new shared future – which can endure in no less testing circumstances. It also forms the basis for enhanced recruitment of Muslims to the armed forces, without political preconditions attached.

Download here.

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Islam in a Secular Europe

Interesting Meet-up to discuss and debate the issues of Islam and secularism in Europe at Conway Hall on 16 September.

Does the religious freedom of Muslims in Europe depend on secularism?

Are veil and burkha bans secularist or counter-secularist?

What should the relationship be between sharia rules and secular law?

Should the state fund Islamic schools if it funds Christian ones?

Can secularism admit any limitations on freedom of expression in religious matters?

Is there a clash of cultures between European values and Islamic ones?

British Humanist Association and Central London Humanists in association with Conway Hall present this panel discussion which aims to bring together key speakers to explore the effect of secular democracy in Europe.

Posted in Secularism | 2 Responses

Reprieve: Protect Victims of Police Harassment in Pakistan

This is a press-release from Reprieve

Through our work helping those facing the death penalty in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, we have come across a number of recurring themes. One is police torture – it is standard practice in some parts of Pakistan (including Azad Kashmir) for people to be tortured upon arrest until they confess.

Most instances of torture are not reported. Police abuse appears to be so common in Pakistan that it has been accepted as the norm. We want to uncover the full scale of the problem of police torture in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir and try to put an end to it. To do this, we need to speak to as many victims of police abuse as we can. We will use this information, with expert medical support, to challenge these practices.

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Hope Not Hate: The Daily Star Should Stop Fuelling Hatred of Ordinary Muslims

This is a press release from Nick Lowles at Hope Not Hate

Last week Det Supt John Larkin, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, told the BBC that the activities of the English Defence League were pushing young Muslims towards Islamic extremist groups. His words echoed my recent blog where I said that the EDL and Muslims Against Crusades needed each other to justify their own existence – they were two sides of the same coin. It is a position you agreed with. Over 1,100 of you filled in our survey last week and 96% agreed with my analysis. Only 2% disagreed.

If extremism breeds extremism it is also important to identify those who are fuelling this hatred in the first place and 73% of you told us it was the media. As a result we are launching a campaign for responsible journalism and have identified the Daily Star as our first target.

Posted in Anti Muslim bigotry, Media | 4 Responses
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