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).
LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian has unfortunately had to cancel his forthcoming speaking engagement at the Sharia Watch UK / Vive Charlie Mohammed cartoon exhibition on Friday 18 September, for personal reasons.
The LSS has written to the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, following his recent speech about fairness in courts, in which he introduced an element of confusion on the issue of face-covering.
The Lawyers’ Secular Society has welcomed comments by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, that the UK will no longer tolerate the behaviour of Islamist extremists who “reject our values”.
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An LSS investigation has revealed that law firms in England and Wales risk breaching their professional indemnity insurance policies if they provide advice on “sharia law”.
From LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian:
The Lawyers’ Secular Society condemns unequivocally the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which has left at least twelve people dead.
But that is the easy part. Equally unequivocally, we affirm the right to free speech even – indeed especially – where this mocks, offends and ridicules religious sensibilities.
The first word we should hear after the statement “free speech is important” is “therefore”. It is not “but”.