Cleric ‘calls all feminists whores and foreign spies’

Tehran, 27 May (AKI) – A top Iranian cleric from the northeast, Ayatollah Ahmad Elmalhoda, has reportedly called feminists “whores and foreign spies”.

“These whores, clutching a piece of paper in their hands to gather signatures, are working for foreign powers and want to destabilise the Islamic Republic,” said Elmalhoda.

He is the highly influential prayer leader in the northeastern holy Shia city of Mashad.

Elmalhoda has called on the government to “intervene decisively against these whores, because it is improper to leave them to act with impunity.”

A few weeks ago, Elmalhoda said women who do not wear the Islamic veil as instructed “turned men into animals.”

Verbal attacks against feminists in Iran are also being accompanied by a vast judicial offensive.

Eight feminists involved in a campaign to gather “a million signatures in favour of equality” were recently given jail terms of various lengths and sentenced to public floggings.

The Iranian authorities have in the last two weeks censured twelve websites close to the feminist movement.

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Iran Launches Fresh Crackdown on Anti-Islamic Websites

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian authorities have blocked access to several websites and blogs of women’s rights advocates and journalists critical of the government, a press report said on Tuesday.

The move follows a new directive sent out by a committee tasked with identifying illegal websites to Internet service providers, the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper said without giving a source.

“There seems to be a tougher approach this time as some sites and weblogs belonging to women’s rights and human rights campaigners, writers critical of the government and well-known journalists” have been singled out, it said.

Internet providers in Iran have in recent years been told to block access to hundreds of political, human rights and women’s sites and weblogs for expressing dissent or deemed to be pornographic and anti-Islamic.

The report said several feminist websites including Meydaan-e Zanan (Women’s Field), Kanoon Zanan Irani (Iranian Women’s Centre), Shir Zanan which covers women’s sporting events, and “Change for Equality” have been blocked.

The ban has targeted the “One Million Signatures” campaign websites launched in different Iranian cities as well as in Germany, Kuwait, Cyprus and California in the United States, the report said.

The campaign seeks to change the Islamic republic’s laws for women in marriage, divorce, inheritance and child custody by collecting signatures online and in person.

The ban has also targeted popular social networking sites and news sites, while several cyber journalists and bloggers have been detained.

With more than half the 70-million-strong population aged under 30, Iran has one of the highest number of bloggers in the world. Persian-language blogs have multiplied since a crackdown on the reformist press in 2000.

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Free Speech Once Again

Enough is enough when it comes to censorship. I have had enough of people being offended by the justified exercise of freedom of speech. Islamists have threatened me to remove content, they have launched attempted attacks to discredit myself, they have notified image shack, cafepress and wordpress of what they claim to be violations.

If it is so mortally offensive for my site to reproduce verses from authorised Quran’s take it up with Muhammad and Allah. If you find quotes from the Hadith worthy of threatening my life, take it up with the respective Hadith writers.

In light of these events I will exercise my freedom to criticise Muhammad, the ‘god’ of the Quran and Islam. I will exercise my freedom to critique gender inequality and the general apartheid promoted in the Quran and promoted in Islamic countries today.

This speech is not intolerant, it is not racially prejudice, it is not hate speech and it is not defamatory. It is the truth and whether or not it is inconvenient to your nice little sugar coated view of your religion I will not censor it.

While I’m at it…Let us watch Muhammad sing:

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Freedom of Speech

Yesterday I created a CafePress store so I could sell some merchandise to raise some funds for this site to be hosted away from the censorship of wordpress. However, within less than 24 hours my account had been cancelled.

This image as been flagged as a possible violation of the CafePress.com Content Usage Policy and has been set to “pending status” which means it cannot be added to any product or available for purchased by the public.

So, someone has gone along and flagged all my items as inappropriate. It’s ironic that one of the products flagged was:

I guess that person obviously does not respect anyones right to freedom of speech, especially when it is in someway linked to any criticism of Islam.

Anyway, here are some of the other items you could have purchased to support the site.

Blogger Arrested for Promoting Truth (UK)

BY JESSICA CUNNIFFE

A blogger from Dunstable has been arrested and released on bail for allegedly stirring up racial hatred.
Paul Ray, who uses the pseudonym Lionheart on his provocative online diary, was arrested two weeks ago after returning from South Carolina, America where he was seeking political asylum.

He had already been warned via email on January 3 by Bedfordshire Police that he would be arrested if he returned.

Last month he attended Greyfriars police station in Bedford, was arrested then bailed and told to return in May to either be released or charged.

His blog includes his opinions on the heroin trade, Islamic fundamentalism and alleged police corruption.

Mr Ray, who used to have a flat in Great Northern Road and a computer shop on Albion Street, claims he has received death threats.

He told Luton/Dunstable on Sunday: “I felt it was right to come back. I handed myself in at a Bedford police station.

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“I was arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred. They questioned me on parts of my blog. Compared to what’s happening out there I haven’t done that much.

“I’m a Christian – that’s my defence.

“My belief it that it’s my rights and responsibility to say what some people may not like, which may hurt feelings.

“My blog is a response to what is happening. I have not called for violence.

“You have got some Muslims calling for followers to overpower the state, opening recruiting for a global jihad and raising funds for this.

“I’ve written a few words on a blog.” A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: “I can confirm that someone has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred and has been released on police bail to return in May.

“He hasn’t been charged but if he chooses to identify himself then that’s his concern.”

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