Friday, 15 March 2013

Apostates on the chopping block....

Loonwatch, the Muslim apologist site, maintains there's no penalty of death for apostasy from Islam.  I debated them on this a couple of years ago.  So, I guess the following countries are all "misunderstanders" of Islam....
Courtesy of One Law for All , this list below of punishment of those who have left Islam, or criticised it in some way.  Note that people are imprisoned for apostasy even in "moderate" Muslim countries like Indonesia and Kuwait...

Countless individuals accused of apostasy and blasphemy face threats, imprisonment, and execution. Blasphemy laws in over 30 countries and apostasy laws in over 20 aim primarily to restrict thought, expression and the rights of Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

On 14 March 2013, we, the undersigned, call for an international day of action to defend apostates and blasphemers worldwide by highlighting ten cases though there are countless more. [That's yesterday; no news of how it went, yet...]
Alex Aan, Indonesia: 30 year old atheist, in prison for blasphemy for saying there is no god on Facebook. Sign Petition Here.
Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Baz (also known as Ben Baz), Kuwait: Blogger and atheist charged with blasphemy.  Support him here.
Turki Al Hamad, Saudi Arabia: Novelist in prison for Tweets critical of Islam and Islamism. Write Letter Here!
Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia: Charged with apostasy for setting up a website that "harms the public order and violates Islamic values". Sign Petition.
Asia Bibi, Pakistan: 45 year old Christian mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy for ‘insulting Mohammad’. Join Save Asia Bibi Facebook Page Here.
Hamza Kashgari, Saudi Arabia: 23 year old Muslim charged with blasphemy for Tweeting about Mohammad and women’s status. Sign Petition Here and Here.
Saeed Malekpour, Iran: Sentenced to death for ‘insulting and desecrating Islam’. Join Free Saeed Malekpour Facebook Page Here.
Shahin Najafi, Iran:  A death fatwa for apostasy has been issued by Iranian clerics against Shahin Najafi living in Germany for a song critical of an imam.  Support Shahin Here.
Ahmad Rajib, Bangladesh: The well-known 35 year old atheist blogger had his head hacked apart with a machete one day after attending anti-Islamist protests in Bangladesh.
Alber Saber, Egypt: The atheist blogger has been sentenced to three years in prison for blasphemy. Support Him Here.
We urge the public to mark this day by taking action in support of the many women, men and even children languishing in prison or on death row.
We must never forget them.
Take action on 14 March to highlight this intolerable situation, including by Tweeting, signing a petition, writing a letter of protest, drawing a picture, taking a photo, making a video – anything at all to defend free expression and thought and the many whose lives are at stake.
Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Stoning and Execution, Germany
Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and co founder, Stop Child Executions, Canada
Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe, UK
Richard Dawkins, Scientist and Atheist, UK
Carlos A. Diaz, President, Atheist Alliance International, Argentina
Michael De Dora, U.N. Representative, Center for Inquiry, USA
Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Belgium
Sundas Hoorain, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan
Sikivu Hutchinson , Editor,, USA
Darina al Joundi, Writer and Actress, France
Harold Walter Kroto, 1996 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, USA
Ronald Lindsay, President, Centre For Inquiry, USA
Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism Is A Women's Issue, France
Houzan Mahmoud, International Representative, Organisaiton of Women's Freedom in Iraq, UK
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, One Law for All and Equal Rights Now, UK
David Nicholls, President, Atheist Foundation of Australia, Australia
Michael Nugent, Chair, Atheist Ireland, Ireland
Fariborz Pooya, Iran Secular Society, UK
Anthony B Pinn, Academic, USA
Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space, UK
Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society, UK
Nina Sankari, President, European Feminist Initiative, Poland
Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK
Esam Shoukry, Organization for Secularism and Civil Right in Iraq, Canada
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
Jacek Tabisz, President, Polish Rationalist Society, Poland
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner, UK
Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
(Please add your name or action in the comments section on the CEMB website and the list will be updated with your details on a regular basis until 15 March 2013.)
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