Projecting US Pathologies Onto Muslims

Glenn Greenwald offers a mirror for those of us who worry about the elements of theocratic expansionism which are enough a part of the Koran and early Islamic history to be considered potentially dangerous forms of the religion itself on its own terms (and not just of its appropriation by political agents): I’m always amazed [Read More...]

Threatened With Death Penalty, Maldivian Skeptic Of Islam Recants

A while back I highlighted the story of a Maldivian man who was attacked by a crowd for expressing his lack of belief in Islam during the Q&A session by a the visiting Indian scholar Dr. Zakir Naik. Maldives is a state where it is illegal to not believe. Now, viaAtheist Media Blog, here’s video of [Read More...]

Taliban Executes 7 Year Old Boy, Accusing Him Of Spying

So despicable. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Challenges To Saudi Women’s Automony

Last fall Nesrine Malik discussed the repressive guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia and challenged the thinking of a female Saudi journalist who thinks Sharia and Islam are the routes to women’s liberation: When living in Saudi Arabia, every time I wanted to travel outside the kingdom I had to produce a piece of paper from my [Read More...]

Tony Blair On Our Allies Who Live Within Theocracies

Michael Shermer got the chance to ask Tony Blair how we spread various central Western ideals of democracy, education, civil liberties, equality, etc. in hostile theocratic countries without resorting to military force.  Part of Blair’s answer: “It’s one of the great myths perpetrated in our own societies is that somehow people who live in oppressive [Read More...]

Cynically Insane Demagogue Gives Commencement Speech

Here is Glenn Beck at Liberty University from May 15: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Pakistan Blocks Access To Facebook Over “Draw Mohammed Day”

Out of solidarity with the recently threatened South Park creators, tomorrow will be “Draw Mohammed Day”, an international day of defiance and protest by secularists against religious extremists’ attempts to silence free expression through death threats.  A Facebook group was created advertising this event.  Pakistan considers Facebook‘s willingness to allow such free speech so inappropriate [Read More...]

Saudi Girls Pepper Spray Religious Enforcers

On the heals of the story we highlighted the other day in which a Saudi Woman attacked a member of the Saudi Commision for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice for harassing her over her clothing, Ashaq Al-Awsat reports another heartening incident along the same lines: Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat- Members of Khobar’s Commission [Read More...]

Saudi Woman Beats Up “Virtue Cop”

The Jerusalem Post reports: When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition. But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping. A member of the Commission for the [Read More...]


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