Muslim hooligans target Maryam Namazie’s lecture

Muslim hooligans target Maryam Namazie’s lecture

After she was branded ‘mindless’ and ‘Islamophobic’ by the Goldsmiths’ Islamic Society (ISOC), secularist and human right’s campaigner Maryam Namazie was subjected to threats and extreme harassment when she delivered an address to students at the London university this week.

Namazie wrote here that she had been invited to the university by Goldsmiths’ Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH). She revealed that the night before her talk, ASH President received the following email from the President of Goldsmiths Islamic Society:

As an Islamic society, we feel extremely uncomfortable by the fact that you have invited Maryam Namazie. As you very well probably know, she is renowned for being Islamophobic, and very controversial.

Just a few examples of her Islamophobic statements, she labelled the niqab – a religious symbol for Muslim women, ‘a flag for far-right Islamism’. Also, she went onto tweet, they are ‘body bags’ for women. That is just 2 examples of how mindless she is, and presents her lack of understanding and knowledge about Islam.

I could go on for a while if you would like further examples.

We feel having her present, will be a violation to our safe space, a policy which Goldsmiths SU adheres to strictly, and my society feels that all she will do is incite hatred and bigotry, at a very sensitive time for Muslims in the light of a huge rise in Islamophobic attacks.

For this reason, we advise you to reconsider your event tomorrow. We will otherwise, take this to the Students Union, and present our case there. I however, out of courtesy, felt it would be better to speak to you first.

Namazie wrote:

After my talk began, ISOC ‘brothers’ started coming into the room, repeatedly banging the door, falling on the floor, heckling me, playing on their phones, shouting out, and creating a climate of intimidation in order to try and prevent me from speaking.

I continued speaking as loudly as I could. They repeatedly walked back and forth in front of me. In the midst of my talk, one of the ISOC Islamists switched off my PowerPoint and left. The University security had to intervene and remain in the room as I continued my talk.

Maryam Namazie projected a Jesus and Mo cartoon onto the screen, this man got up and turned off the projector. Click on pic for video of Namazie's address.

When Maryam Namazie projected a Jesus and Mo cartoon onto the screen, this imbecile got up and turned off the projector. Click on pic for video of Namazie’s address.

Eventually the thug who had switched off my PowerPoint returned and continued his harassments. At this point, I stood my ground, screamed loudly and continued insisting that he be removed even when the security said he should stay because he was a student.

When he was finally escorted out of the meeting, discussions on many issues from apostasy, the veil to Islamism and Sharia laws continued, including with some of the ISOC ‘sisters’ who remained behind.

In the Q&A, a women’s rights campaigner who had been kidnapped by Islamists in Libya and held for three days said that the attempts at intimidation reminded her of those dreaded days.

The behaviour of the ISOC “brothers” was so appalling that a number of Muslim women felt the need to apologise, to which I explained that no apology was needed from those who were not to blame.

Absurdly, this very group which speaks of ‘safe spaces’ has in the past invited Hamza Tzortzis of IERA which says beheading of apostates is painless and Moazem Begg of Cage Prisoners that advocates ‘defensive jihad’.

The ISOC’s use of rights language is clearly a cover to silence any critic and opponent of Islam and Islamism and to normalise the far-Right Islamist narrative under the guise of Islamophobia and offence.

Despite the many attempts of the ISOC ‘brothers’, the meeting ended successfully and raised critical issues, including that criticism of Islam and Islamism are not bigotry against Muslims who are often the first victims of Islamism and on the frontlines of resistance. The meeting also helped expose the Islamists for what they are – thugs who cannot tolerate dissent.

Nonetheless, the Islamists at ISOC will need to learn that apostates, and particularly women, have a right to speak and that we will not be intimidated or back down.

Freedom of expression and the right to criticise and leave Islam without fear and intimidation is a basic human right. We have a responsibility to fight for these universal values at British universities and also across the globe.

20 responses to “Muslim hooligans target Maryam Namazie’s lecture”

  1. Brummie says:

    The right to free speech in the UK is a myth. Fear of violent retribution from one religion, and political correctness, censor all we say and do.

  2. L.Long says:

    Its almost as bad here in the TSA (Theocratic States of America)!
    On blogs or non-commercial TV is about the only places we get speech pointing out the BS behavior of various dogmatic ahole groups. Where commercial systems only allow dogmatic ahole groups to talk how atheist/secularist/scientist are persecuting them and blaspheming.
    And this extends to many countries that try to bend over to various groups to keep things PC, which means criticism becomes hate speech.
    Personally I think the only thing a group can do is sue for libel, then they have to prove that the criticism is false, which they can never do. Proving the statements made against them is their books o’BS and read!

  3. Gerald says:

    As the Islamist brothers will soon find out all the threatening bullying intimidation, all the shouting screaming shrieking ululating childish tantrums, all the murdering, all the hatred, all the intolerance, all the beggaring, all the self pitying petulance, all the discrimination, all the parasitism,all the confected bleats about being offended, all the ghettoisation, all the bile spittle and vomit of the islamist agenda will come to nought because decent, hardworking, rational people consider islamic fundamentalist to be the filth of the earth. Fuck off and go live in the failed beggared useless sand pit countries that deserve your kind of thuggish ignorant behaviour.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    It seems to me that the university failed Namazie badly. Why were these Nazislamists allowed to repeatedly disrupt her talk? Why were they not evicted when it must have been clear to absolutely everybody that the thugs were intent on silencing her? This is a democracy and the rights of individuals to speak out must be guaranteed, no matter what threats or menaces are made. As the old war-time poster says, ‘Freedom is in peril defend it with all your might’. And make no mistake, it is in peril once again.

  5. Angela_K says:

    AgentCormac, I agree. Why no security, given the predicable violent and disruptive behaviour we have come to expect from these ignorant islamist savages.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    Sorry to go OT, but I see the inevitable and tiresome call for prayers after the San Bernardino massacre in California seems to have sparked a rather lively debate in the US.

  7. M AChohan says:

    Why is this reluctance to fairly uphold the right to speech and to criticise, this trend is every where in Europe and countries popular for Muslims to reside.
    To them it is more important to get a Passport than all the injunctions in their religion to not take ‘heijra’ migration for financial advantage.
    They have a great advantage from the laws ‘of freedom of speech’ as whatever aggressive deliverance from them, it is to not be restricted by the law of land’. While at the same time to know and say that when ‘sharia’ way is established, the no such freedoms will be allowed after that.
    Also there is the cultural sense of accommodation and tolerance, which is to be commended,
    They also play the infantile approach of harping on ‘hurt feeling, and due respect’. And hence shoeing themselves to be victims and others to be the bad perpetrators with aggressive designs.
    More should be written and spoken by rational world view fellow beings to uphold rights ‘of freedom of speech and criticism@

  8. Fruitpicker says:

    This kind of thing should be used when ranking universities in the league tables. They could be scored for freedom of speech. Once the top brass realise their institution is being dragged down by a kids playgroup things might change.

    “a very sensitive time for Muslims” lmfao

  9. barriejohn says:

    How about this, then, as a rider to the above:

    Goldsmiths Feminist Society stands in solidarity with Goldsmiths Islamic Society. We support them in condemning the actions of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society and agree that hosting known islamophobes at our university creates a climate of hatred.

    We showed our support on our Facebook page by sharing ISOC’s post with a message of solidarity. Our Facebook page is designed as a space for us to communicate with our members, and their safety is our first priority, under the policies set out by our Student Union. We reserve the right to remove comments and posts that violate these terms or contribute to the marginalisation of students.

  10. andym says:

    Barrie. That is probably the most significant of all of this. We seem to live in a parallel universe where” feminists” can ally with avowed misogynists , provided these misogynists are anti-Western. It’s not so much the death of liberalism, more just another throe in it’s drawn-out demise.

    They’d trample people in their rush to condemn extreme Christians for exactly the same beliefs about women. Nick Cohen has been exposing this hypocrisy for years.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    Spot on. It’s political correctness gone mad and the Nazislamists amongst us must be laughing right up their sleeves at a society which not only seems incapable of defending itself, but actually encourages those who wish to destroy it. So many of those who should actually be in most fear of these mysoginist, iron-age barbarians seem paralysed by their own ludicrous, misguided do-goodery™. If they ever get the upper hand, are the Nazislamists ever going to say thanks very much or negotiate the rights of feminism in sharia law? Nope. They’ll be using lashing, stoning and beating as a way of showing just how much they appreciate the efforts of feminists to make the world a more equal place. Bloody idiots.

  12. andym says:

    @AC. Yes. I missed out repeating, as I often do , Lenin’s term to describe his western, well-meaning, well-off liberal supporters in the west: Useful idiots.

  13. AgentCormac says:

    I thought this speech from Hilary Benn was absolutely amazing. While dissing Cameron’s puerile assertion that Corbyn is somehow a ‘terrorist sympathiser’ he cut right to the heart of why liberalism (with a lower-case ‘l’) must never succumb to the threat of Nazislamism. One of the most impressive speeches I have heard from a British politician in a very, very long time.

  14. Barry Duke says:

    Ophelia, I have updated this post to reveal the imbecile who turned off the projector when Maryam showed a Jesus and Mo cartoon. If you click on the pic you can see the video of her talk.

  15. barriejohn says:

    @andym et al: As a further adjunct to the above, there has been widespread condemnation of the “bullying” of Labour MPs who supported the motion to bomb ISIL in Syria, especially after “nice” Jeremy Corbin’s assertion that they would have “no place to hide”. All except from that obnoxious toad, Ken Livingstone, who appeared on the News tonight burbling some nonsense about “MPs having the right to make their views known, and those who oppose the bombing having the right to make their views known as well.” (He also claimed on last week’s Question Time that the London suicide bombers “gave their lives for their cause”, believe it or not!) That’s the sort of nonsense that you get from the Left these days, I’m afraid.

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    In many ways the phrase “gave their lives for their cause” is correct but to be honest he should have expanded it a little, perhaps like this: “gave their lives for their cause which is a form of theocratic fascism, incorporating misogynistic and anti-democratic ideals and based on mediaeval myths.”

  17. barriejohn says:

    SM: I wouldn’t even go that far. Self-immolation is one thing (a pointless waste of life, however well-intentioned), but the senseless slaughter of innocent civilians who have not even been given the opportunity to express an opinion about the suicide bombers’ beliefs, let alone oppose them) is absolutely unforgivable. No one’s forcing them to do it.