Earlier this year I attended QED Conference in Manchester and it was the first time I met Iranian-born activist, commentator and broadcaster Maryam Namazie. Maryam lives in the UK and is the spokesperson for One Law For All, who campaign against faith based laws there. She is also spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. The council’s members are breaking the taboo that comes with renouncing Islam as well as standing for¬†reason, universal rights and values, and secularism.
I heard Maryam speak twice during the conference. Once on a panel and once alone.
I was very inspired by her action, passion and her wisdom.¬† I wrote this song after hearing her speech ==> (Maryam’s Talk)

This footage was taken at Wisdom Studios in New Orleans July 2012

Here are the lyrics:

You can’t avert your gaze
So I must spend my days
Living inside a cage
I carry on my back

You incant his holy name
But still you feel the shame
So I must take the blame
I carry it on my back

You don’t like to stare
So much you make it though I wasn’t there
Still you take, take take whatever you want

You take whatever you want

You can’t control your needs
So I must pay for the deeds
The horrors done to me
I carry them on my back

What we learn from holy verse
Is that woman is a curse
There’s no freedom from this perverse prison on my back
I carry it on my back

Somehow your rights to the divine
Deserve protection more than mine
What will it take to cross the line
For tradition to be called a crime
For my sisters to raise their voice with mine

Till they can’t take what they want


It would be great to hear your thoughts.


At the 5 Year Celebration of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

June 23 2012

Maryam writes on Freethought Blogs: http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie