UPDATE JANUARY 13, 2015: Here’s my post about the controversies swirling around Charlie Hebdo in the last 6 days since the massacre: Answering 16 of the Worst #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo Memes Ten journalists at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris were assassinated this morning. Two policemen were also killed and about twenty people were wounded. The perpetrators are apparently Muslim extremists. In this video you [Read More…]
My friend Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for Skepchick and is soon to have her own blog at Freethought Blogs, was profiled in the New York Times along with the Ex-Muslims of North America while attending Center For Inquiry’s Women In Secularism 3 last weekend: When Ms. Dadabhoy “came out” to her parents, “it didn’t go so well,” she said. [Read More…]
After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?
This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more…]
An Australian report talking to mostly Muslim women in the first part: In the second video, we have a Muslim cleric claiming that bestiality is legal in America in 28 states, saying that Muslims are “superior beings” to non-Muslims, and that it is just for adulterers to be stoned: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]
Heartwrenchingly disgusting: Almost 150 women living in the Maldives face a public flogging for indulging in extra-marital sex after being convicted by the Muslim country’s conservative courts. Around 50 men also face the punishment. Earlier this month, an 18-year-old woman fainted after she was flogged 100 times having been found guilty of having sex with [Read More…]
There is a lot to chew on in this latest rant from Pat Condell on the need for the tolerant to be more intolerant of intolerant religions than they are intolerant of denouncers of intolerant religions. While Condell’s attack on multiculturalism is too broad and at times his rhetoric is cringe-inducingly counter-productive, I do share [Read More…]
Johann Hari celebrates the remarkable progress for gay rights, achieved through peaceful democratic pressure around the world in the 40 years since Stonewall. But then he highlights some of the places where being gay means being murdered: Jamaica is Taliban Afghanistan for gay people. If caught, gays and lesbians face ten years’ hard labour – [Read More…]