U.N. official says the Islamic State burned a woman alive for not engaging in an ‘extreme’ sex act

Day Donaldson

According to a shocking report by the Washington Post, the self-proclaim Islamic State  has been capturing and selling women and girls into sex slavery and according to an eyewitness, even burned a women alive who refused to engage in extreme sexual acts.Zainab Bangura, the U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, took a tour of refugee camps in Syria and Iraq, two parts of the world where the Islamic State has most control, and reported:"They are institutionalizing … [Read more...]

Maryam’s Story: A Glimpse Inside the “Modern” Middle East


"In our society, there is no such thing as an independent woman; you are either your family’s responsibility or your husband’s," says Maryam, an intelligent, articulate, and humorous young woman from the United Arab Emirates. As she recounts her story, she is painting me a picture of her world – and it is far from pleasant. It is a world that most of us are aware of; it is hard to imagine anyone being surprised to learn that patriarchy is thriving in the Middle East. Yet, our awareness is super … [Read more...]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali visits Bill Maher: Why do liberals overlook Islamic extremism?

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 8.54.47 AM

Author and Activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher last night and the discussion of course focused on Islam, as this is the subject of Hirsi Ali's new book Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now.I reviewed Hirsi Ali's book on this blog last month and found her argument to be compelling and necessary. Of course her views are written off by pseudo-liberals who see her as racist and Islamophobic and would rather justify honor-killings and female genital mutilation … [Read more...]

Fear of Prejudice May Have Killed The Enlightenment Project


To be called racist or prejudiced in our society is among the worst slanders to be borne. It's also the cheapest. Its power combined with its tawdriness makes it an irresistible tool for many to use when they've run out of rational arguments or applicable facts. So are the Ben Afflecks of the world made.The primary purpose of the Enlightenment Project has, admittedly, Platonic aspects. That is to say: there has been an attempt to define a universal morality by which the civil liberties of a … [Read more...]

The Worthlessness of Prayer in Crisis


Given recent events, there is much that the religious community feels is worthy of prayer. Between the rising death count in Nepal, the state of violence in Baltimore, and the general level of entropy that seems to be the status quo for our world, there is more prayer sentimentalized on Facebook, Twitter, and in casual conversation than I remember hearing before. It would be too easy, I think, to slap down prayer for its obviously blasé method of contribution. Besides, that is a song that has b … [Read more...]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be executed and America must abandon capital punishment


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a monster. When he and his brother set off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon and later killed a police officer that resulted in a manhunt and shootout, they endangered the lives of so many Bostonians and the world watched on and wanted these men caught.There is no doubt that this young man is responsible, along with his brother, for the death of four innocent men and women and injuring countless others and ruining an unprecedented amount of lives.I was relieved the su … [Read more...]

Atheists are not the most hated group in America, but no one really likes us

Photo: Dave Riggs / Flickr / Creative Commons

Recently, especially since the CNN special on Atheists in America in which American Atheists President David Silverman claimed that atheists are the most hated group in America, a heavy debate has picked up to either support or negate this claim.As it happens, back in July of 2014, I wrote such a piece for AlterNet titled, America's Overwhelming Contempt Toward Atheists and Muslims, and in the piece I looked at a recent survey done by PEW Research that looked at religious demographics and … [Read more...]

Washington Times columnist says Common Core is an ‘Islamic Infiltration Of America’


The Washington Times is a hotbed of conspiracy theory nuts, in fact I had a spat with them last year during the Cosmos series when they believes the show was nothing more than a left-wing conspiracy.Now it seems as though they wish to take on Common Core as an educational standard. The Washington Times published a piece back on April 7, by Fox News Radio analyst Bethany Blankley titled, "Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia," in which she claims that Common Core standards are an " … [Read more...]

Heretic lays down a logical and achievable path to reforming Islam

Photo: Fox News Screenshot

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants you to know she was wrong. In her 2010 book Nomad, she argued that Islam could not be reformed and ultimately should no longer exist.However, she says that watching the Arab Spring and the two revolutions that took place in Egypt she has changed her mind and has new hope that Islam can be and is ready for reformation. This becomes the overall thesis of her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now.For anyone who has followed the career of Hirsi Ali you will … [Read more...]

Christian terrorist groups exist and we often simply ignore them

"Insurgents of the LRA" by wapt.com - Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

So much attention is put on Islamic terrorist groups these days that we often forget Islam is not alone in its extremism.Raw Story posted an article today that looked at six of the top Christian terrorist organizations around the world. Something we must not forget about. While Islam may be the most prominent at the moment, we must not ignore other terrorist groups of any kind.Not to repeat what Raw Story has already said, I want to quickly rundown their top six list.1. The Army of … [Read more...]