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Anti – Sharia Rally in UK

March 14, 2009

Finally, some people are standing up and speaking out !! It’s great to see people taking to the streets and protesting discriminatory religious laws – laws which should have no place in modern society. I hope this movement spreads across Europe and to every nation, where Islamofascists have hijacked modern secular values and replaced them with their own bronze-age barbaric laws.

From One Law for All website

Nearly 600 people joined the One Law for All anti-racist rally against Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and in defence of citizenship and universal rights in Trafalgar Square and marched towards Red Lion Square in London. Hundreds then joined our public meeting to discuss and debate Sharia, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s Rights. Our protest was met with widespread support and left many feeling inspired and invigorated. It was also covered by the mainstream media, including BBC Radio 4, BBC 5Live, BBC Wales, and the Times.

The protest march

The Speeches

Part 1

Maryam Namazie’s opening speech at the March 7 rally with footage of the march:

Part 2

Speeches by AC Grayling, Sohaila Sharifi and Bahram Soroush at the March 7 rally:

Part 3

Speeches by Terry Sanderson, Fariborz Pooya and Sargul Ahmad at the March 7 rally:

Part 4

Maryam Namazie’s closing speech at the March 7 rally along with speeches from Reza Moradi, Parisa and Shiva Mahbobi:

More  videos and speeches of the rally can be found here [Link]

The BBC report about Sharia law being rejected in Canada can be found here [Link]

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Hindu Atheist permalink
    March 14, 2009 8:36 pm

    This is good news. In my opinion, this is the only way to stop this extremist islamic-express. Only time can tell if this movement will gather strength or not.

    Fariborz Pooya, head of the Iranian Secular Society, said ‘the introduction of Sharia is a betrayal of thousands of women and children and leaves them at the mercy of Islamist groups.’

    Actually from what I hear, general public in Iran is supposedly quite liberal. It’s the government and the establishment that sucks.

    • nitwitnastik permalink*
      March 14, 2009 10:37 pm

      if what Maryam Namazie is saying is any indication, this movement has gathered a lot of steam in the 3 months since it started and they seem to be growing in huge numbers…I also hope that this spreads to more european countries

  2. March 15, 2009 8:41 am

    HA,

    A very close relative of mine went to Iran recently. His observation was that the people were generally friendly and open to other religions and cultures. However, he observed on talking to them that in their private lives, they were quite conservative.

    Of course, the polity is usually at a fringe in Iran owing to their system where the Supreme Leader has the final say.

  3. March 15, 2009 8:44 am

    It seems the same thing is happening everywhere! Religion and faith is becoming more powerful than human rights and human values, anything goes in the name of religion! So it’s good to see these protests taking place… India needs such protests too. With strong and effective speeches.

    • nitwitnastik permalink*
      March 15, 2009 9:40 am

      @IH

      You are absolutely right. Secular values are being hijacked by religious fundamentalists..and frankly, I don’t think India will see such protests anytime soon..no one wants to rock the boat…the media and politicians are too set in their skewed ideas of what constitutes secular values to ever protest against such injustices and sexist laws.

  4. March 15, 2009 11:51 am

    It’s funny. Everytime i prove mohammad is a pedophile from his own Quranic text in a blog comment section or public forum, everyone including the ones that were apparently supporting my view earlier is convinced that im guilty of a hate crime. Identifying hatred and hating that is not a hate crime, its called rationality. I guess rationality has no place in a society that has religion in it. I really hope we win this stuff and freedom of expression is here to stay. Otherwise i would rather not survive to see the day when i could be prosecuted for speaking against hatred based out of scriptures. I’d rather slit my throat and die instead of living in a world where women and sexual/racial minorities will be treated like crap.

    • nitwitnastik permalink*
      March 15, 2009 10:20 pm

      @Dilip

      Hey hey..Cool down buddy:-D…slitting throats never solved anything….our biggest weapon is the pen or the keyboard and that’s what we need to use to do our talking

      I understand the frustration of being called a racist…and being wrongly accused of hate crime… but frankly, I like it when people do that…I find it amusing when people resort to ad-hominems..it means that they are running out of rational arguments..however, I encourage you to keep pointing out the logical errors in their arguments and be as rational as you can..

      Btw, have you considered replying to naz on krishaskok’s blog ?

  5. Elis permalink
    March 15, 2009 7:57 pm

    I’m glad people are speaking out against Sharia law and I’m glad they are doing it in a secular manner, against any religious law.

    On the discussion of Iran in comments… I’ve visited Iran during the Shah days, it was amazingly unlike today, western-like, modern. Not that the Shah was a good fella. Iranians today have the largest percentage of non-practicing Muslims in Middle East, and despite their reputation, are the most pro-western country in the region. But I don’t think they’re liberal in our sense of the word.

  6. March 15, 2009 10:26 pm

    @ nitwitnastik: I have a response for naz but im thinking what use it will be since she is just bringing up random unrelated crap in an argument to justify her sexism and racism towards non-muslims. perhaps i will post a reply soon.

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