Being An Atheist In Morocco. An Interview with "Damya"

“Damya” is a young Moroccan atheist feminist woman. She is using a pseudonym because of recent events that she explains in the interview. Daniel Fincke: Damya, before we get into the details of your personal, regular experience as Moroccan atheist, why don’t we start off by talking about the distressing treatment of a Moroccan atheist [Read More...]

On Being A Gay Pakistani Atheist in America. An Interview with "Ehsan Ali"

Ehsan Ali was born in Pakistan, and grew up there until he was 14. He has lived in the US most of his adult life. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa. Ali’s interest include issues affecting women and LGBT people in Muslim communities in the West and in Muslim countries. See [Read More...]

A Surprising Revelation For Darth Vader

“I am your mother.” Source. Thanks to Fedwa. I am told the Tunisian blog Yahia Boulahia which created this cartoon regularly skewers Islamists (and particularly those in the Tunisian news). Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

An Islamic TV Channel Is Starting An All Woman Channel?

Wow! Sounds great! But, alas, it’s not. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Contra de Botton: Religions Are NOT To Credit With Universalistic Humanistic Values

Alain de Botton’s chapter on community in his book Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion is filled with half-baked thinking. After one-sidedly disparaging modern social life from numerous selective (and sometimes specious) angles, he goes on to model really effectively how not to try to learn from religion (Kindle Location 189): [Read more...]

Support Hamza Kashgari However You Can

Maryam Namazie has been on top of the story of Hamza Kashgari, a 23 year old Saudi journalist whose life is on the line after he tweeted the following on Mohammad’s birthday: “On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to [Read More...]

Make Muhammad Your Facebook Profile Picture, Get Kicked Out of School?

Jen McCreight has an enraging summary of events: [Rhys Morgan] chose that photo [as his Facebook profile] to stand in solidarity with the University College London’s Atheist, Secular, and Humanist Society. The group was caught in a firestorm after someone complained about the image being used to promote their pub social and school officials ordered them to [Read More...]

Now A Muslim Extremist Terrorizes The Audience, Not Just The Speaker

The New Humanist recounts a chilling, appalling, infuriating story: Yesterday evening, a talk on “Sharia Law and Human Rights” organised by the Atheism, Secularism and Humanism Society at Queen Mary, University London, had to be cancelled after threats of violence. The talk was due to be given by Anne Marie Waters of the One Law [Read More...]

Khomeini’s Disgusting Defenses of Pedophilia

Discussing the atrocity of young Iranian girls being forced into marriage, Maryam Namazie quotes Ayatollah Khomeini approving of some of the most depraved sexual practices you will ever read anyone endorse: A member of the Islamic Assembly (Majlis) and its ‘Judicial Commission’, Nayereh Akhavan (here’s a photo of her), has said that there can be [Read More...]