End Blasphemy Laws Today

On 30 September, International Blasphemy Day, #EndBlasphemyLaws #BlasphemyNotACrime #BlasphemyDay

A quarter of the world’s countries and territories (26%) have anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and more than one-in-ten (13%) countries have laws or policies penalizing apostasy.

According to Pew research, laws restricting apostasy and blasphemy are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, where 18 of the region’s 20 countries (90%) criminalize blasphemy and 14 (70%) criminalize apostasy. While apostasy laws exist in two other regions of the world – Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – blasphemy laws can be found in all regions, including Europe (in 16% of countries) and the Americas (29%).

The 14 countries that have the death penalty for blasphemy are all countries with Islamic law: Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

66 countries have blasphemy laws: Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Comoros, Cyprus, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (It used to be 71 but Canada, Denmark, Greece, Malta and New Zealand have dropped blasphemy codes from their books recently.)

On 30 September, International Blasphemy Day, let’s stand with blasphemers across the globe.

Blasphemy is not a crime; it is an integral part of freedom of expression and conscience. #EndBlasphemyLaws #BlasphemyNotACrime #BlasphemyDay

https://tinyurl.com/y65xpvld

#IAmSohailArabi #Iran

https://www.en-hrana.org/tag/sohail-arabi

#IAmSinaDehghan #Iran https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/iranian-man-sina-dehgham-death-sentence-insult-islam-muslim-line-messaging-app-arak-prison-amnesty-a7658466.html

#IAmPeymanMirzazadeh #Iran

#iAmSaharEliasi #IAmMohammadNouri #Iran

#IAmSherifGaber #Egypt

#IAmShahabMurtadhaGhafouri #Kuwait

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/8/7/instagram-influencer-arrested-over-blasphemous-comedy-skit-in-kuwait

#IAmMohamedRusthumMujuthab #Maldives https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/2019/09/demanding-the-unconditional-immediate-release-rusthumrussso/

#IAmAbdulInyass #Nigeria

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35241608

#IAmTaimoorReza #Pakistan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/11/pakistan-man-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook

#IAmAyazNizami #Pakistan

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/03/pakistani-twitter-users-call-for-hanging-of-blasphemer

#IAmShafqatEmmanuel #IAmShaguftaKausar #Pakistan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shafqat_Emmanuel_and_Shagufta_Kausar_blasphemy_case

#IAmAhmedAl_Shamri #SaudiArabia

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-man-sentenced-death-atheism-ahmad-al-shamri-hafar-al-batin-appeal-denied-a7703161.html

#iAmRaifBadawi #SaudiArabia

Marking seven years since the arrest of Raif Badawi

#IAmMahmoudJamaAhmed_Hamdi #Somalia https://samaynta.com/index.php/2019/05/04/university-professor-in-somalia-sentenced-to-2-1-2-years-in-prison-for-facebook-post-arguing-that-praying-to-god-for-water-is-not-a-viable-tragedy-for-managing-drought/?fbclid=IwAR3CENO2Mf9aCqTLeW5ULAYnw2-5GUQrKiqzdotNNae2BoFbKef__Med-Co

#IAmJabeurMejri #Tunisia

https://pen-international.org/news/tunisia-blogger-denied-pardon

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB)

Ex-Muslims of North America

Ex-Muslims of Norway

Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka

Faithless Hijabi

Freethought Lebanon

Säkulare Flüchtlingshilfe – Österreich

Mouvement Alternatif pour les Libertés Individuelles – Maroc

MUSLIMISH MEMBERS

Mina Ahadi

Fay Rahman

Mimzy Vidz

Veedu Vidz

Nadia El Fani

Sadia Hameed

Ali Malik

Jimmy London

Karrar Al Asfoor

Sami Ab

Harris Sultan

Wissam Charafeddine

Mohamed Hisham

Muhammad Syed

Sarah Hdr

Center for Inquiry

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Cemal Knudsen Yucel

Rishvin Ismath

Rana Ahmad

Omar Makram

Halima Salat Barre

Zara Kay

Gita Sahgal

Richard Dawkins

Ateizm Derneği

Ex-Muslim Somali Voices

Council of Ex-Muslims of Singapore – CEMSG

Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco CEMM مجلس المسلمين السابقين بالمغرب

Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime Deutschland

Fauzia Ilyas

Zehra Lakshmi Pala

Atheist Republic

Armin Navabi

ExMuslim Support Network of Australia

Atheist iranian community

Sohail Ahmad

Usama Al-Binni

Ibtissame Betty Lachgar

Conseil des Ex Musulmans de France – CEMF

The Freedom of Quran Discussion by Ibrahim Abdallah

Large social reform in the Middle East is not possible unless discussion about the heavenly origins of the Quran happens freely––which is not possible because of the laws prohibiting such discussion, and punishing those who leave Islam by execution.

In the United States of America, we have the freedom to have this discussion, and we need to take advantage of this unique privilege, and start a discussion about all the verses of the Quran that contradict science, logic, and 21st century ethics.

Freedom from the rigid framework of the life of Muhammad ibn Abdallah, who is viewed by over a billion Muslims as the most honorable man to ever walk on Planet Earth, might not change women’s conditions in the Middle East immediately, but at least primitive acts like kidnapping and enslaving women during war, or the marriage of a 9-year-old girl to a 50-year-old man could be condemned freely by the society without the fear of burning in eternal hell for allowing the thought of falsehood of Islam to cross their minds; or the more real, earthly fear of being accused of questioning Islam.

Islam––like all primitive Middle Eastern religions––restricts freedom of thought. It even describes some thoughts as evil, and prohibits humans from contemplating thoughts critical of Islam.

Muhammad is a religious and political exception in his influence that still affects the social progress of humans in the 21st century. No religious or political figure in human history has ever reached that level of influence that Muhammad ibn Abdallah has had––and still continues to have––on as many people for as long of a time.

Slavery is allowed in Islam. And the extreme militants of Da’esh (ISIS)/Ikhwan Inc. are working within the limits of what Islamic sources have reported as actions of Muhammad during his life, particularly after his immigration to Medina.

Muhammad’s Quran has the qualities of a book written by a freedom fighter in Mecca, but a political leader in Medina.

Muhammad threatened his wives with divorce, after one of his wives, Aisha, found him in bed with his slave, Maria. Muhammad used the Quran, as a message from the creator of the universe, to threaten his wives for him. [This is correct. Verses 66:1-5 of the Quran are directed at Aisha and Hafsa (another one of his wives involved in the incident), asking them to repent.]

For over a billion humans to regard a book contradictory to scientific information, a book that allows slavery, states that women’s testimony in court is worth half a man’s testimony, and includes plenty of violent verses that many who read the book without understanding the context which Muhammad used these verses in, will understand the verses to mean exactly what they say: “Kill them wherever you find them.”

Discussion about the truth of Islam cannot be had in mosques. Muslimish is a space where people who still identify with Islam in one way or another can freely discuss the issues they have with Islam, teachings that don’t make sense to them, family pressures, scientific facts that cannot be ignored. Understanding that life on Earth started and evolved will liberate humans from their slavery to an unseen God, who in his final message to humans, elevated obedience above all other values, and discouraged followers from asking the questions that might make them worse (i.e. disobedient) if they knew the answers.

We were not banished to Planet Earth. We came from Planet Earth. And we are alive. Let’s make it count.

Ali Rizvi: Science & Religion May Coexist, but Are Not Compatible #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Ali A. Rizvi is a writer, physician, and scientist. He is the author of “The Atheist Muslim: A Journey for Religion and Reason,” and co-host of the popular podcast, “Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment.” He grew up in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Libya, and now lives in Toronto, Canada.

Abstract: We all know that science and religion can coexist. They have for centuries. But are they compatible? The short answer is, “No.” Science and religion are not just incompatible, but antithetical to each other. In fact, the very core of religion (based on faith) contradicts the very core of science (based on evidence). The two cannot be reconciled without a generous amount of cognitive dissonance. This talk will convincingly show you why.narratives which attempt to answer this coexistence question.

Prof. Ronald Stockton: Religion and Science: Some American Lessons #MuslimishDetroit2019

Prof. Ronald Stockton: Religion and Science: Some American Lessons #MuslimishDetroit2019

Bio: Ron Stockton is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Abstract: The talk will focus upon the famous Scopes Trial on teaching Evolution and will introduce contemporary public opinion data.

Dr. Majed Hamadeh: What If Everything You’ve Ever Known is a Lie? #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Dr. Majed Hamadeh is a human being. Though he has the thousands of hours of formal education, reading, researching, thinking, and accomplishments needed for credentialing a bio; he feels it’s is irrelevant and just made up social constructs.

Abstract: What if everything you’ve ever known is a lie? How do we construct our realities from a unique blend of science, emotions, culture, psychology, philosophy. His holistic approach is filled with perspective, balance, and wisdom.

Dr. Gonzalo Munevar: Implications of Biological Evolution #MuslimishDetroit2019

Bio: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1975. M.A., Philosophy, California State University at Northridge, 1971. B.A., Philosophy, California State University at Northridge, 1970. Specialized in Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience. His main research interest is in Experimental Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology, Space Exploration, Philosophy of Science. Dr. Munevar taught Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Abnormal Psychology, Philosophy of Natural Science, Philosophy of Space Exploration, Philosophy of Biology, Evolutionary Biology, History of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, South American Fiction, Creative Writing, Logic, Mathematics, History of Philosophy, Developmental Psychology and Animal Behavior.

Dr. Munvar has been awarded the Distinguished Research Award from University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1986, Nebraska Foundation Professorship, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1986-89, Ethel Wattis Kimball Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 1983-84. and many research grants from multiple universities. Published books include: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature and Limits of Science, Avebury Publishing Co., England, and Hackett Publishing Co., 1981. Evolution and the Naked Truth, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1998.The Master of Fate (Novel), Black Heron Press, 2000. Alex in Femiland: A Politically Incorrect Novel of Morals (Novel), 2017.

Abstract: This talk will briefly describe how Darwin’s principles of variation and natural selection interact to account for the evolution of living beings. Several examples will be provided to illustrate the main points; and explanations will be provided for some of the main implications of biological evolution.

Sohan Dsouza: Islam in the Scientific Apologetics Ecosystem #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Sohan Dsouza is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doing research in computational social science and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He has long led the Secular Society of MIT, and has been active in Boston-area secular activism, atheist organization, and counterapologetics. He experienced his childhood and much of his adult life in the United Arab Emirates. He has also been active in theatre and comedy.

Abstract: Reconciling immutable scriptural assertion and rapidly expanding scientific knowledge has been growing in importance within theistic apologetics in the West over the last half century, resulting in a great diversity of approaches. While a few attempts had then been made by figures in Islamic apologetics, such as Maurice Bucaille and Harun Yahya, Islamic scientific apologetics took on a new urgency and momentum in the internet age, as the accumulated intellectual weaponry of the pro-science and counterapologetics movements eating away at Christendom became accessible to the Ummah, and online platforms simultaneously offered a new medium for countering that very threat. This talk is an overview of Islamic scientific apologetics examined both in terms of its unique aspects, as well the challenges and solutions it shares with other theistic apologetics traditions.