Maryam Namazie and the Illiberal Student Union


The Warwick Students’ Union has barred human rights campaigner and leader of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, Maryam Namazie, from giving a talk on campus, because, they say, she is “highly inflammatory and could incite hatred.” Now a petition has been launched against her ban, which has forced the Warwick Students’ Union to announce “no final decision has been taken.”

I have not met Maryam Namazie or read her views, but I can imagine how her stance might provoke some dogmatic Muslims. Nonetheless, it is deeply unsettling to see her barred from expressing her views in a British university. Any rational observer may justifiably ask the question: How can a single woman offend a divine faith that has survived for centuries? What kind of message is Warwick University sending to the many oppressed atheists or secular citizens in Muslim-majority countries?

My first encounter with an ex-Muslim came years ago…

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