Charlie Klendjian leaves the LSS over security fears

Charlie Klendjian has today (19 August 2015) resigned as Secretary and a member of the Lawyers’ Secular Society. His resignation takes immediate effect.

Klendjian’s main reason for leaving is that the security consequences of being one of only three people in this country publicly associated with the Sharia Watch UK / Vive Charlie Mohammed cartoon exhibition have been far too severe for my own personal threshold”, describing it as a “thoroughly unpleasant and scary experience, and one I hope I can forget in the shortest possible timeframe by leaving the LSS immediately.”

Klendjian has written an open farewell letter to LSS members, which also sets out his highlights of his tenure as LSS Secretary. You can read it here (PDF).

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The LSS is right to share a platform with Geert Wilders and Paul Weston

By LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian *

[Important update, 2 August 2015: Charlie Klendjian has unfortunately had to cancel his planned speaking engagement at this event, for personal reasons. The LSS is still happy to fully support the event and to be publicly associated with it though. In fact, the LSS is currently making every effort to send a replacement speaker.]

Isn’t it incredible how a few cartoons can generate so many words? In case you’ve not read enough words already about cartoons, here are over three thousand more.

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Is there really any difference between Islam and “Islamism”?

Islam and IslamismBy LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian *

I recently spoke to the London Atheist Activist Group and the Central London Humanists, and I devoted large chunks of both talks to questioning the term “Islamism”. My points were in the main well-received.

I’m finding this term Islamism increasingly problematic. I’m setting out here some of the points I made in my talks, plus a few more.

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The only way to repeal blasphemy codes is to breach them

HebdoBy LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian *

Over the last five days I have listened patiently to the most extraordinarily confused and painful discussions on the rights and wrongs of murdering people who draw cartoons. What an odd response our public discourse has generated towards what is, to my mind at least, a moral issue of the most blinding clarity.

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