Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives.
Even small gains are being lost….
KABUL, Afghanistan — Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.
The fierce opposition highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years [...]
World-renowned Turkish pianist given suspended sentence for Twitter blasphemy | Toronto Star.
ANKARA, TURKEY—A Turkish court on Monday convicted top Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say of denigrating religion through comments he made on Twitter and handed down a 10-month suspended prison sentence, his lawyer said.
The 43-year-old musician who has played with the [...]
Roy Speckhardt: Religious Freedom on the Brink. [Roy is CEO of the AHA]
t seems as though many in the world are far more eager to use religion as a tool for consolidating power than are interested in protecting religious freedom and free speech. Countries such as Pakistan, Greece, and Egypt are imprisoning those who [...]
Women Look for a Place in New Egypt – IPS ipsnews.net
Some interesting background …
CAIRO, Jun 2, 2012 (IPS) – “It was so frustrating but so exciting at the same time,” recalls 15-year-old Mariam Assam, a year-10 student in Cairo. Assam was recalling the days she tried to join protestors during the Egyptian revolution [...]
(members of the ROM got this email….fascinating – this is the soundscape recording inside the front door…) Mary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For more please contact: Amanda Fruci, Publicist; 416.586.5558; e-mail: email@example.com
Response to Muslim Call to Prayer – A Component of John Oswald’s ‘A Time to Hear for Here’
It has been reported that the [...]
Avaaz – RIP Amina.Days ago, 16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and the law. If we act now, we can stop this unspeakable tragedy from happening to anyone else.
Article 475 [...]
After Egypt revolution, women’s taste of equality fades – .
(from the UN News website) …Once at the vanguard of the protest movement, women have yet to gain any significant influence in the new Egypt, revealing the complexities of defining gender rights in a nation colored by Islam, inundated by Western media permissiveness and ruled [...]
U.S., Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings. Over 30 American imams signed a fatwa Saturday condemning honor killings, after a Canada court convicted Afghan immigrants for murdering four female relatives accused of damaging the family’s reputation.
“There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam,” according to the religious order [...]
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, TVO’s Big Ideas, 5pm Sept 4. Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali delivers the 2010 Donner Canadian Foundation Lecture. Her lecture, based on her book Nomad: From Islam to America, is followed by a lengthy Q & A.
RandomHouse.ca | Books | Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali In her powerful new memoir, the [...]
Petition: Don’t Segregate Menstruating Girls in Public Schools.
A school should be a safe space for all children. Not a place where 12-year-old girls are treated as second class citizens, and certainly not a place where menstruating girls are ostracized as “unclean” and sent to the back of the “prayer-cafeteria” as third class citizens!
IHEU marks International Day Against Stoning | IHEU.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is calling on Humanists and all people of good conscience to show their support for the International Day Against Stoning, today, July 11, 2011. IHEU marked the day by calling on Iran to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Iran is one [...]
It’s Muslim kids, not parents, who are embracing a politicized Islam – The Globe and Mail. ( good article)
….And herein lies a common misconception amongst “mainstream” Canadians: They’re convinced that, in the average Muslim household, it’s the parent who represents conservatism and tradition, and the Canadian-born children who are modern and fighting against this [...]
Friday prayer service at school necessary for Muslim students: board .
The Toronto public board should have held public consultations before allowing a school cafeteria to be the site of Friday afternoon prayer services for Muslim students, says an education professor.
‘These things should have been debated,’ said Sarfaroz Niyozov of the Ontario Institute for [...]
Sponsor: Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) Date: Saturday, October 16 Time: 1:30 – 3pm Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West Topic: Living the Muslim Faith in Contemporary Society
Speaker: Afzal Mirza
Mr. Afzal Mirza is a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose premise is ‘love for all, hatred for none.’ He has many years [...]