is an Industry!
We Need a World Free of Religion
A statement made at the conference on Freedom of Expression and
Fundamentalism, in Paris, April 6 2006
We are here
today to acknowledge the importance of free speech and unconditional
freedom of expression. We are here today to say "enough is
enough." We will not submit any more. We will fight to safeguard
the right to freedom of expression and criticism. We mean it and
we will not be intimidated, bullied or blackmailed by any religious
groups, sentiments, superstition, or by any terrorist act.
This is important.
We should continue this fight and never give up. However, this is
not enough. This does not go far enough. In order to succeed in
our struggle for securing the unconditional freedom of expression
and criticism, we need to widen our scopes. We need to fight for
freedom in a wider spectrum.
Right wing aggression
on civil liberties and individual rights has been enormous, particularly
in recent years. The terrorist attacks by political Islam have inflicted
a great blow on our society. As a result of these attacks the world
has suffered greatly, both in terms of human lives and the loss
of civil liberties and individual rights.
war on terrorism led by the US has been instrumental in curbing
civil liberties and our freedom. We must take a stand Vis a Vis
the US and Western governments' aggression and so-called war on
We must stand
firmly against religion as an institution. Religion is not only
spiritual beliefs, it is an industry, big business, a mafia-like
organization, be it fundamentalist or not. We must fight for de-religionization
of the society while we respect the right of every individual to
believe in any religion. To clarify the matter, I like to quote
Waffa Sultan: "you can believe in any piece of stone you like,
as long as you do not throw it at me." Religion must be a private
If we aspire
to make a much freer and more egalitarian world, we must go further
than establishing secular principles. We need secularism as a necessary
condition for a free society, but in fight against religion we need
to be more aggressive, not against believers, but against the religious
industry. We need to expose religion as a reactionary ideology,
as a weapon to stupefy humanity, as a weapon of exploitation, discrimination
and degradation. Throughout history and even today, more human beings
have lost their lives under the name of god and religion than any
other banner. We must cut religion's hands off state, legislation,
education and society. We must organize an orchestrated and dynamic
fight against religion to push it back to the private sphere and
try to build a world free of religion. And here I mean world in
the literal sense of the word. We must think internationally and
not allow ourselves to be confined in Eurocentric or Western borders.
The whole world needs to be free of religion.
Azar Majedi Site
Women's Liberation Iran (Azadi