20 June 2010 – London – Rally against Sharia and Religious Laws

On Sunday 20 June 2010 Stand up and be Counted!

Join us for a Rally organised by One Law for All against Sharia and religious laws
and for secularism and universal rights

Where: Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2).
(Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.)
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When: Sunday 20 June 14:00-16:00 hours

Then join us for a March organised by Iran Solidarity to show solidarity with people in Iran who are at the forefront of battling Sharia law and political Islam

Where: From Downing Street to the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran (16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT; closest underground: Knightsbridge).

When: 16:00-17:00 hours

The event will end at 17:30 .

Hundreds will be demonstrating in London against Sharia and religious laws and in support of secularism and universal rights on Sunday 20 June 2010. The rally organised by the One Law for All Campaign will be held from 1400-1600 hours at Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2). (Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.)

On the day, the Campaign will make public its new report entitled: Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights. In the report One Law for All outlines what Sharia law is, how it is practised in Britain and exposes the way in which Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are circumventing British law and human rights legislation. The report also reveals the gross injustices to women and children in particular and reiterates the need to end Sharia and all religious courts on the basis that they work against, and not for, equality and human rights.

After the One Law for All rally, there will be a march organised by Iran Solidarity from 1600-1700 hours. The march will move from Richmond Terrace Junction to a protest at the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran. According to Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, “whilst racist and far Right groups like the English Defence League and the British Nationalist Party blame ‘Muslim immigration’ for Sharia law in order to further their inhuman agenda, it is people living under Islamic laws or the many who have fled Sharia and sought refuge here who are the principal victims of Islamism, and in the forefront of the struggle against it. Within this context, the One Law for All Campaign and the fight against Sharia law in Britain is an important front in the ongoing battle of people in Iran and everywhere against Islamism and for freedom, equality and secularism.”

The march will culminate in a protest rally in front of the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran (16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT; closest underground: Knightsbridge). The event will end at 1730 hours.


1. Confirmed speakers and performers at the London rally include: AK47 (Street Poet); Asad Abbas (Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain); R Y Alam (Poet); Adam Barnett (Musician); David Fisher (Singer/ Songwriter); AC Grayling (Philosopher); Lilith (Street Poet); Lyrical Agent (Emcee); Rony Miah (Lawyers’ Secular Society); Maryam Namazie (One Law for All and Iran Solidarity); Gerard Phillips (National Secular Society); Naomi Phillips (British Humanist Association); Fariborz Pooya (Iranian Secular Society); Brent Lee Regan (Emcee); Yasmin Rehman (Women’s Rights Campaigner); Gita Sahgal (Activist); Muriel Seltman (Activist); Sohaila Sharifi (Equal Rights Now); Peter Tatchell (Human Rights Campaigner); and others. We will also screen a segment of a major new film for HBO called For Neda by director Anthony Thomas.

2. June 20 marks the day when 27-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead by the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces at a protest in Tehran. Her demand for freedom in the face of all-out repression has made her a symbol of people everywhere. According to Maryam Namazie, “It is very apt for us to remember Neda in our battle for equal rights in Britain or wherever we happen to live. Neda’s murder and Sharia law in Britain are intrinsically linked; both are the result of the rise of the political Islamic movement of which the Islamic regime of Iran is a cornerstone.”

3. To read responses to Frequently Asked Questions including on the affinity between the far right and the Islamists; Islam matters because of political Islam; Secularism is an important vehicle to protect society; We will have nothing to do with the English Defence League; Criticising Islam is not racist; Laws should safeguard rights not violate them; There’s no place for Sharia law in Britain; The right to asylum is a basic human right; and more, go to: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/about/faq/

4. To donate to the crucial work of One Law for All, please either send a cheque to our address below or pay via Paypal by visiting: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/donate/.
We need regular support that we can rely on and are asking for supporters to commit to giving at least £5-10 a month via direct debit. You can find out more about how to join the 100 Club at the above link.

5. For more information, contact:
Maryam Namazie
One Law for All and Iran Solidarity
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731


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  1. Paul Davis June 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I certainly support this campaign and would attend, however, you’ve inadvertently arranged it for Father’s Day and I won’t be able to attend. As much as I’d like to, family comes first.

    Please please don’t arrange these things for days that might make it difficult for people to join in.

    • MaryamNamazie June 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Yes unfortunately we wanted to mark Neda’s killing in Iran – Happy father’s day and hopefully we will see you at another event.

  2. peace June 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    seriously people you need to sort out your misconceptions. in islam there is no violence and people who are violent and they call themselves muslims are not really true muslims. i have no right to say who is and is not and i know everyone has a right to their opinions but please could you be more polite and less ofensive.

    thank you

    • Susan June 19, 2010 at 2:48 am

      PEACE: You write ‘ in islam there is no violence ‘

      So sorry but you should read the Qur’an. My friend is at her 5th Qur’an and with this one, she cut out and pasted all the verses relating to violence.

      A GRAND TOTAL OF 566 VERSES of which the great majority tells you to decapitate, burn, broil, boil etc anybody that does not agree with you. Taqqiya at its best. And peace to you.

    • BLunted June 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

      Um, if you have a copy of the Qur’an, you may want to reread 8:37-8:40…

    • Humanist Reasoner June 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

      This is cool, I see you can actually reply directly beneath specific posts here. I’m reposting this message originally posted at the bottom of the page.

      @Peace, you are committing the “No true Scotsman fallacy” If Islam does not lead people automatically to peace then people have to become peace loving of their own accord. This means that your definition of someone who is a Muslim is just someone who is already peaceful and until they are proven to be peaceful then they are not a true Muslim. So Islam is not the path to being a peaceful person but is only the noddy badge awarded after someone becomes peaceful of their own efforts. What good then is Islam? To say that violent Muslims are not true Muslims is also to commit the neo-platonic fallacy. You see, anyone could on the very last day of their lives commit a heinous crime which is extremely peace breaking and despite the fact that they were a Muslim all their lives and were good all their lives this one act is enough for anyone to claim that “they were obviously not a true Muslim”. This means that one can never be considered a true Muslim until they are dead and while being a Muslim they never did any bad such as break the peace. So until a Muslim is dead it would be fair to not yet judge them as a common Muslim or a true Muslim but instead to treat them all the same based on their stereotype. And we have to go by stereotypes in extraordinary circumstances because no one has the time to vet each and every votary individually.

      Basically you have no idea what you are talking about. Seems to me then neither is Islam a path to clear thinking.

    • Humanist Reasoner June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      So, since we can never tell who was a “true Muslim”, or not, until they are both dead and reliable records show they never committed any bad while alive, the title or label of “Muslim” is utterly meaningless while someone is still alive. The label only makes sense once someone is dead

      This all implies further that someone who says he is a Muslim just means he is someone who believes that if by the time he dies he has never done any bad he will prefer to be called “Muslim” rather than be called, for instance, “a virtuous person” or some such other option – even though at this stage the two titles given are supposed to mean the same thing.

      This all simply means that they have a fetish for words – for the choice of words related to someone who died having never done bad. It implies that the word “Muslim” does not mean a certain religious votary or any such thing it is just a word that simply means “Died having never done any bad since the day it was decided not to ever again do any bad” Utter nonsense, this “No true Muslim” crap! The cult of word fetish!!

    • Humanist Reasoner June 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      When on one end of the street you have, marching, a crowd of protesting Muslims and on the other end a crowd of protesting Christians really the key difference between these two crowds is simply what they prefer a person be called once that person has died having never done bad in their lives. And anyone who can be shown to have done bad each crowd will protest that they do not wish to award them the title of Christian or Muslim, depending which word your fetish subscribes to.

      So when you are in debate with a Muslim about heinous acts committed by their fellow votaries and they start off about “No true Muslim” and the like we need to remember that they have actually changed the subject to something quite irrelevant – they have changed the subject to one about their preferred title to give someone who has died having never done bad. And it is always the case that it is not such people being discussed but rather the discussion is strictly about people who do commit heinous crimes or bad things.

      They need to be reminded that the subject in debate is not about the preferred definition but is instead about the heinous acts committed by people who subscribe to this definition. The debate is about the coincidence that so many people who subscribe to such a definition while alive fail to aspire to themselves be so defined. These are two different matters and since they are not mutually exclusive, since they can both be true at the same time, the mentioning of the definition is utterly irrelevant to the topic at hand – usually heinous acts committed by such votaries.

      Sure, a person might very well prefer that someone who has died having never done bad be called a Muslim rather than an atheist or a Christian but that has nothing to do with the fact normally being discussed that many people who subscribe to such definitions tend to commit so much bad – more than people who do not subscribe to their definition or preferred word to denote a virtuous person deceased.

    • Lineswine June 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

      Koran Chapter9, verse5. Here, let me refresh your memory about islam & violence…

      [9:5] Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshippers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

  3. Bernard Hurley June 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Comment by peace “in islam there is no violence and people who are violent and they call themselves muslims are not really true muslims.”

    For you and your concept of Islam and the community you live in this may be true. However there is a is a highly politicised Islamic movement that uses the Islamic scriptures (you may say distorts) as justification for some of the most horrific atrocities we have seen in recent years. You may say yours is the “true” Islam, but they would say the same of their version of Islam. If you are sincere in your opposition to such people I suggest you join the rally on 20th.

  4. stuporstupor June 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Hey I am very interested in joining this campaign , however I am terrified this march will somehow be joined/ hijacked by members of the far right or the english defence league.. who do not stand for the same things I believe and are calling for an entire ban on islam and total hatred for muslim belief… can somebody reassure me please?

    Thanks so much…

    • MaryamNamazie June 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      You should come. None of our rallies have been hijacked and we won’t allow it to be. I will personally throw anyone out who is affiliated with the EDL, far right, the BNP, Stop Islamisation of Europe. We have to take back our streets, defend our citizens, and push back Islamism and the far right. We can only do it if we work together. So we need you to be there.

  5. Sally Hughes June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Dear all,

    I am coming to the rally on Sunday 20th and I very much want to join the vigil for Neda and the people of Iran as well.
    Unfortunately I cant do the march as I am slightly disabled and cannot walk far.

    I don’t know London very well (I am coming from Herefordshire for the day) so could anyone advise the best way of getting from Richmond Terrace to the Iranian embassey by public transport?

    Thank you

    • MaryamNamazie June 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      I’m really glad you are coming Sally. I know there will be others who can’t march. Muriel Seltman who will be speaking on the day will be organising those who won’t be able to march so just go up to her or one of the organisers on the day and we will make sure you get to the embassy.

  6. stormcrow June 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    EDL.peacefully protesting against millitant islam and sharia law.does exactly what it says on the tin.BUT,the EDL just like you cannot vet every single person that turns up for a march and you would be very foolish to think you could.
    as for the guardian.please tell me you dont read that irrelivent piece of crap.the daily sport tells more of the truth than the guardian.
    oh!!and one last thing.will you be inviting the laughable uaf/swp on your little outing.you know,the people who SUPPORT sharia law for this country.

    • MaryamNamazie June 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      I am getting tired of EDL-ers saying EDL is peaceful and not racist when the evidence is clear. Look you get the supporters you deserve. There is a reason why racists, and football hooligans are drawn to your events. Because that is what you represent. The reality is that people who join you or your events have an affinity to racist politics – just as those who join the Socialist Workers Party have an affinity to Islamism. It is not enough to say one is opposed to Sharia – Islamists also say they are opposed to innocents being killed. Scratch beneath the surface – and they don’t really believe many people are innocent; in fact they target the innocent because they have no respect for humanity. You are anti-Sharia first and foremost because you are racist, anti-immigrant and anti-anyone who doesn’t look like you. Yes I know you have a Sikh and some token ‘minorities’ in your group. Well, the Islamic Republic of Iran has women in its Islamic Assembly – that doesn’t make them pro-woman now does it. Frankly I despise the EDL and the far Right as much as I despise the Islamists. Now if someone writes to me to say the EDL isn’t so bad – well all I can say is you are not welcome in our ranks. Any political movement aims to mobilise its ranks – the freedom lovers – who also want freedom for others, the secularists – who want the separation of all religion from the state not just the one they perceive as a ‘foreign’ religion, the humanists – who put people before ideologies and beliefs and religion, the universalists – who want the same rights and freedoms for everyone not just the English (and only the one who looks white)…

      • Green_Infidel June 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

        oh please. You compare the EDL to the Islamic Republic of Iran with their token positions for women or Jews. While I don’t support hooliganism or chanting about “paki-bashing”, as some of its supporters do, where exactly has the EDL supported any discrimination against non-whites or anybody else?

        This splintering (I am guessing for the sake of proving to the media your non-far-right credentials) is not helping. Is having most of the media stacked against you, condoning political Islam to various degrees, not enough?

  7. Samzii Islam June 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    this is so unfair….musilms shuold have the rights for there own cieteria, leave us alone, you english people are just jelouse that islam is spreading and we will make sure that it will spread more, watch one day u EDL are going to regret it.

    • MaryamNamazie June 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Of course people have a right to their beliefs – the issue is not a question of religious belief but stopping a tool for restricting citizens by Islamic states. It is about challenging Islamism and pushing it back. BTW there are many Muslims who are part of this campaign here and everywhere. But as we have said many times before too – in our opinion the EDL, BNP, SIOE are no better than the Islamists. I have written about this in our FAQs – here is one of the pieces:

      The Islamists blame Westerners for Western government policies – no matter how many of them come out and say ‘not in our name.’ For the Islamists, all Israelis are fair game; so is every single man, woman and child in America and so on and so forth. That’s why they target buses and discothèques. They too say that the people in the West elected those governments and therefore must be held accountable. In the world according to them, the people in America elected Bush so they deserved September 11; the people in Britain elected Blair so 7/7 was fair game.

      And in the world according to the likes of Stephen Gash [SOIE], the millions languishing under and resisting Sharia law deserve what they get no matter how many are killed, tortured, burnt, stoned and hung from city squares…

    • Johnny June 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      Threats, threats and more threats… You choose words the western world despises. I really feel sorry for the ‘right’ muslims because people like you make them look really bad and eventually they will pay the price. Clear your head and start thinking.

  8. Lloyd Copper June 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

    This is excellent.I have had enough of these tyrants thinking they can do whatever they want in the name of ‘religion’. No God would ever approve of some of the barbaric acts that are done in the name of Allah.Forcing a woman into the ground then throwing rocks at her head until she bleeds to death is not a holy act.The public is becoming so afraid of offending Muslims and they use such violent tactics to “punish” those (including Muslims) who have the courage to speak out against it. I desire peace and inclusion, even though most Muslims would not accept my sexuality.NO TO SHARIA LAW!

  9. tool June 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    So wearing Stone Island or Burberry makes you less relevant in the battle against relegious laws? the majority of The EDL are not racist.

  10. MaryamNamazie June 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    If you are implying that the poor and working class are automatically reactionary – well they’re not. It’s just your bunch that is – irrespective of class.

    BTW this is the last post I will allow on the EDL – I am not going to let some far Right fringe group waste any more of our time and take focus away from a day that is as much about standing up to racist thugs as it is about standing up to Islamist ones.

  11. wontellya June 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    4 words- MUSLIMS ARE THE BEST!

    • Richard June 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      4 words – no you are not.
      Neither are atheists, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians.
      It’s just your belief, that’s all.

      Personally I think having an imaginary friend is everybody’s right – if they so chose – but to think that makes you “the best” or better than people who don’t share that idea is just plain silly and childish.

      Or as Thor (what happened to him?) might have put it

      ner ner na ner ner, my Dad’d bigger than your Dad.

    • Johnny June 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      Yeah, right! Wrong slogan, dude. Like I said earlier: clear your head and start thinking. A ´supreme race´ does not exist on this earth. We are all equal.

  12. MaryamNamazie June 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    The EDL are taking to the streets with their far Right and racist politics. See a Guardian investigative piece on them here.

    The Islamists – also a far Right movement – are gaining influence as we speak. Read our report on Sharia Law in Britain if you have any doubts.

    Are you going to stand by and let them take centre stage or are you going to fight back – with us – against both of them.

    We can push them back and defend 21st century humanity if we unite.

    We are more in numbers and in strength – we only need to stand up and be counted.

    Will you stand with us on 20 June – to remember our beloved Neda murdered in Iran, to show solidarity with people eveywhere living under and resisting Sharia law, to defend universal rights, secularism and equality, asylum rights, citizenship rights and to oppose racism and fascism and cultural relativism.

    Join us. We need you to be there…

    For more information on the 20 June rally, click here.

  13. Islam Friend June 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

    You are somewhat mistaken Maryam, whilst I wholeheartedly agree that unfortunately the EDL has attracted some racist, football hooligan, thug types there are many of us that are more “moderate” members of the EDL. I am a member of the EDL, my wife is not English, I have very many black & asian friends, my best friend is a muslim and he came to my house today for dinner – my family also regularly eats at his house with his (muslim) family…do you consider me to be racist?
    Of course I cannot speak for other EDL members, but from where I am standing it seems both you & I are in total agreement….please remember that not all EDL members are racist thugs, just as not all muslims are radical terrorists!

    • MaryamNamazie June 19, 2010 at 6:52 am

      Sorry we are not in total agreement.

      Again the numbers of Black people someone knows is neither here nor there. I know a footballer – does that make me one or even mean I like football… not sure why this argument is being used as the main argument in defence of EDL – either there isn’t much more to defend or poor logic has taken hold of supporters.

      You have Black people in the EDL – as you have white people in Islamist organisations. Not sure what that says about the organisations in question…

      More importantly, you make a mistake comparing EDL with Muslims. Of course most Muslims are not terrorists and most British are not racists. But the EDL and polical Islam are rightwing political movements and ideologies that are inhuman and reactionary.

      Finally, you should be very uncomfortable about the EDL rather than apologizing for it if you aren’t racist, which I am sure is the case. No other alternative – of course there is – you should be standing with us against both racism and Islamism.

      The EDL supporters remind of the pathetic excuse of a European left that stand with Islamism because their enemey’s enemy is their friend. I think a lot of people are falling for this very poor logic in defending the EDL. Having said that though, I think people fall for organisations they have some affinity to.

    • Piotr Jankowski June 19, 2010 at 8:21 am

      This is so stupid – your answers to EDL people. Can a racist have black friends? You Maryam accuse EDL of racizm, and when they argue there are people of various origin in their ranks, you say it is irrelevant. I really support the OLfA aims, but sorry to say you are a fanatic type as well. So please remeove my adress from the mailing list.

  14. Fathers Day ok June 19, 2010 at 3:25 am

    It’s fathers day? So take dad along to enjoy the rally against Sharia & religious laws. Dad wants to stand up and be counted!

  15. Jane June 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Dear Maryam
    You are so wrong about SOIE wishing further violence on those who wish to leave Islam.They openly support all minorities oppressed by Islam
    and those muslims who wish to leave Islam.You need to go further than
    pushing back Sharia-you need to push back Islam!

  16. Humanist Reasoner June 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    @Peace, you are committing the “No true Scotsman fallacy” If Islam does not lead people automatically to peace then people have to become peace loving of their own accord. This means then that your definition of someone who is a Muslim is someone who is already peaceful otherwise they are not a true Muslim. So Islam is not the path to peace but is the noddy badge awarded after someone becomes peaceful of their own efforts. What good then is Islam? To say that violent Muslims are not true Muslims is also to commit the neo-platonic fallacy. Basically you have no idea what you are talking about. Seems to me then neither is Islam a path to clear thinking.

  17. Worried_muslim June 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Ok Maryam, just spit it out… When will you people (the undercover right wing), plus the EDL, BNP and all far right groups Unite and get rid of the muslims???!!! That is your secret agenda, isn’t it?? At least the EDL come out right with it, they hate muslims. You decorate your islamophobia with politicising it to appeal to pro-freedom people. Decent people may i also say. not sneaky undercover secret services person like you, employed by the CIA and you know what. Just drop us a line here and there before you get us in an ambush. Now the EDL wants to march in Muslim communities, next you lot will burn mosques.. Call me paranoid, but I can feel that normal muslims are persecuted by you people.

  18. Roger June 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Maryam I support your cause but I am saddened by your fanatical hatred and attitude towards others that also oppose political islam and sharia law in the EDL. This attitude will not win you many fans and limit the growth of your movement in this country. If this doesn’t bother you then fine.

    Also I understand that you are a Marxist. Therefore you are in no position to be bad mouthing people on the right when you support communism, one of the greatest evils of the world. Just ask the people of north korea. Having been at your last event and talking to people, most did not agree with your extreme left views. However they support the anti sharia cause, which is more important. I suggest you do the same with people such as the edl who may have a different political persuasion.

  19. Lucas June 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

    It’s a pity I’m not able to attend these sorts of things. Lord knows religious laws have to be stopped, especially Sharia.

    Well, I’m there in spirit. Keep up the good work, and the best of luck from Canada.

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